How to write the list of ingredients on cosmetic product labels in the EU?

Please tell me how I should write the list of ingredients on the label if I want to sell my cosmetic products in the EU. That’s probably the most common question that we get here at CE.way when it comes to EU regulatory compliance of cosmetic products. That’s why we decided to write this guideline, explaining the rules that should be followed when writing the list of ingredients on the label.

Before you start listing all of the ingredients, you have to write the word “ingredients”.

Ingredient names have to be written according to their INCI denomination. You can find the INCI names of the ingredients on CosIng – http://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/cosing/.

Ingredients have to be written in the correct order – the ingredient with the highest concentration in the finished product should be listed first, the second one second etc. Ingredients with a concentration of more than 1% have to be written in a descending order of weight, while those with a concentration of less than 1% can be listed in any order after those with a concentration of more than 1%. Colorants, other than colorants intended to colour the hair, should be listed last, and should be referred to by their colour index CI number.

Perfumes and aromatic compositions should be referred by the terms “parfum” and “aroma”.

If your products contain nanomaterials, you have to write “nano” in brackets after the ingredients which are present in the form of nanomaterials.

Lastly, we should also mention that the list of ingredients can only appear on the outer packaging (box). If the product doesn’t have any outer packaging, then it has to appear on the container label.