Cosmetic ingredient information at your fingertips

Welcome to COSMILE Europe

Cosmetics matter to people and play an important role in our everyday life. On average European consumers use over seven different cosmetics daily. You too? It’s only natural that you want to know more about the ingredients in those products.

In the digital world we live in, there’s a deluge of information on cosmetics. However, it can be difficult to know which sources are reliable. COSMILE Europe is a European cosmetic ingredient database that offers reliable, verified and scientifically supported information on almost 30,000 ingredients used in cosmetics.

This database will help you understand why certain ingredients are in your cosmetic products; which properties they have and much more. The database is currently available in fourteen languages with more to come.


Understanding your cosmetics

This page covers how cosmetics’ safety is assured by EU law, gives an overview of topics such as allergy and allergens in cosmetics, and informs you about important ingredient groups.


Why our information is reliable

​All information in the COSMILE Europe database comes from verified sources and is based on independent expert knowledge.

The INCI list of ingredients which is also used by the European Commission within their CosIng database, an official source of information on cosmetic substances and ingredients, is provided by the Personal Care Product Council. The information on the function of ingredients is sourced from the CosIng database. More detailed information on ingredient properties, whether they are man-made and/or of natural origin, in which types of products the ingredients can be found, etc… comes from independent experts and scientific assessments published by European and national expert bodies.

Download the app!

The COSMILE Europe app is a new entry point to access the information in the COSMILE Europe database.

Available in 13 languages*, it offers several ways to easily search for and keep track of ingredients in your cosmetic products.

*Bulgarian, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian and Spanish

Download on the App Store
Get it on Google Play

About this initiative

COSMILE Europe is an initiative of Cosmetics Europe in partnership with the German Cosmetic, Toiletry, Perfumery and Detergent Association (IKW), in collaboration with the French Fédération des Entreprises de la Beauté (FEBEA) and with the technological development support of health&media GmbH.

Cosmetics Europe, the European trade association for the cosmetics and personal care industry, has launched this tool so that European citizens can have a single, simple point of reliable information about cosmetic products and their ingredients.

CTPA, the UK cosmetics association, has supported Cosmetics Europe in the launch of COSMILE Europe.