Body care products


The most important products for the care of the body skin are body lotions and body milks. These are emulsions which contain both water-soluble and fat-soluble components. Consequently, they can well compensate deficits of the skin’s own care substances. The oil components used are, for instance, fatty acid esters, fatty alcohols, avocado oil, olive oil, Vaseline, waxes or silicone oils. Different moisture regulators protect the skin from desiccation (eg GLYCERIN, hyaluronic acid). Apart from the already mentioned products, body oils are used. They contain vegetable oils (eg almond oil or avocado oil), paraffin oils or liquid fatty acid esters as well as oily plant extracts (eg St John’s wort, camomile) and essential oils. The gels are semi-solid, more or less transparent products on the basis of eg gelatin or cellulose. It is distinguished between three types of gel: water-free oleo gels, oil-free hydrogels and oil / water gels. Gels are characterised by an intensive moisture effect and a rapid absorption.

Understanding your cosmetics

How are cosmetics kept safe in Europe?

Strict laws make sure that cosmetics and personal care products sold in the European Union are safe for people to use. Companies, national and European regulatory authorities share the responsibility of keeping cosmetic products safe.

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What should I know about endocrine disruptors?

Some ingredients used in cosmetic products have been claimed to be ‘endocrine disruptors’ because they have the potential to mimic some of the properties of our hormones. Just because something has the potential to mimic a hormone does not mean it will disrupt our endocrine system. Many substances, including natural ones, mimic hormones but very few, and these are mostly potent medicines, have ever been shown to cause disruption of the endocrine system. The rigorous product safety assessments by qualified, scientific experts that companies are legally obliged to carry out cover all potential risks, including potential endocrine disruption.

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Are cosmetics tested on animals? No!

In the European Union, testing cosmetics on animals has been fully banned since 2013. Over the last 30 years, long before a ban was in place, the cosmetics and personal care industry has invested in research and development to pioneer alternatives to animal testing tools to assess the safety of cosmetics ingredients and products.

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What about allergens in cosmetics?

Many substances, natural or man-made, have the potential to cause an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction occurs when a person’s immune system reacts to substances that are harmless to most people. A substance that causes an allergic reaction is called an allergen. Cosmetics and personal care products may contain ingredients that can be allergenic for some people. This does not mean that the product is not safe for others to use.

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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.

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