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Clarity in cosmetics: The importance of accurate cosmetic labelling

In the ever-expanding world of beauty and skincare, consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of the products they use every day and accurate and transparent cosmetic product labelling plays an essential role in helping them make informed choices about the products. Within the European Union (EU), comprehensive labelling requirements are in place not only to ensure the safety of consumers but also to empower them with the knowledge needed to make choices that align with their values and preferences. 

Safety first 

One of the primary reasons for accurate cosmetic product labelling is to prioritize consumer safety. In addition to requiring the list of ingredients that make up the product on the label, Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 also requires that particular precautions to be observed in use, and at least those listed in Annexes III to VI and any special precautionary information on cosmetic products for professional use, are present. This information enables consumers to avoid ingredients they may be allergic to or have adverse reactions to, promoting the safe use of the product and overall skin health. 

Understanding product composition 

Compliance with labeling rules allows consumers to be well-informed about the composition of cosmetic products. The ingredients are listed in descending order of concentration, helping consumers understand which ingredients are in highest and lowest concentration in the product. 

Allergen awareness 

For individuals with allergies or sensitivities, knowing the allergens present in a cosmetic product is crucial. Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 mandates that ingredients identified as allergens must be listed on the label when present in concentrations exceeding the regulatory threshold, ensuring that consumers can easily identify and avoid products that may cause undesirable effects. 

Empowering consumer choice 

Ultimately, accurate and transparent labelling empowers consumers to make choices that resonate with their individual preferences and values. Whether it's choosing products free from certain ingredients or supporting sustainable practices, consumers have the information needed to align their purchases with their beliefs. 

In the EU, the emphasis on accurate and transparent cosmetic product labelling is not just about complying with Regulation, it's about fostering a consumer-friendly environment where individuals can confidently choose products that prioritize their safety, align with their values, and contribute to a more sustainable and ethical industry.  


Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on cosmetic products 

Cosmetics Europe: Guidelines on Cosmetic Product labelling, 2011 

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