Food Grade Ingredients in Cosmetic Products?

Hello World,

First time posting on the forum.  My question is:  Are there any regulations that specifically prohibit the use of food grade ingredients in cosmetics? I searched through the forum and on google and couldn't find a clear answer.

I understand that in general food grade ingredients have a higher plate count than cosmetic grade ingredients, so to a degree it would be "bio-burdening" the preservative system I suppose.  


  • DuncanDuncan Member, Professional Chemist
    Not specifically prohibited, however, as you mention spores and higher than normal TVC compared to cosmetic materials can be an issue
    Items like Honey, Royal Jelly, Yoghurt, Cocoa powder can be bug central, however, pasteurising in a batch can help
    Some food grade materials can also be "Not great" when it comes to cosmetics 
    for instance citrus oils can be a photo irritation issue when applied direct to the skin, things like cinnamon applied direct to the lips can cause irritation

    Things like edible vegetable oils of course are fine
    UK based, Over 20 years in Toiletries, After a 5 year sabbatical doing cleaning products, back in the land of Personal Care
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    In the US, the regulations say that it is illegal to sell unsafe cosmetics. If you can prove that your products are safe, then you can use food grade ingredients. Proving safety will be challenging.
  • Unknown Member
    Thank you Duncan and Perry!
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