Acronyms in the Cosmetic Industry

PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
Many times we'll see people use acronyms in their questions and comments. A lot of times I don't even know what these mean so I thought it would be helpful to put together a list where people can look up acronyms without always having to ask what they mean.

Here is that list of cosmetic acronyms

But as I said, even I don't no all the acronyms.  I've listed over 100 on this sheet but if you know of more, please add it right to the spreadsheet.  I've made it editable by anyone.  The "master list" is only editable by me so that will ensure the list doesn't get accidentally compromised.

So, I need your help.  

1.  Click on the link
2.  Add any acronym you know that is missing.
3.  Include both the acronym and what it stands for.


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  • johnbjohnb Member, Professional Chemist
    I've added a few more acronyms to your list, Perry but I notice one entry in your list which condlicts with my understanding.

    From what I recall SARA stands for Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act and this is backed up by:

  • Bill_TogeBill_Toge Member, Professional Chemist
    I've added a few more (mainly related to European standards and regulations) plus a few alternative definitions for existing ones, and corrected the spelling on a few others
    UK based formulation chemist. Strongest subjects: hair styling, hair bleaches, hair dyes (oxidative and non-oxidative) I know some stuff about: EU regulations, emulsions (O/W and W/O), toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoos, other toiletries
  • heraklitheraklit Member, PCF student
    edited May 2017
    BB cream
    stands for blemish balm, blemish base, beblesh balm, and in Western markets, beauty balm.
    The CC cream came later on and describes a Color Correction cream.
    (from Wikipedia).  Also I added CAB.
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    @johnb - I suspect that there will be a number of acronyms that have multiple meanings. I suggest that we just add any that we know of and not worry if there is duplicates.  Although for the life of me I can't remember why I included SARA in the first place. I've never used it as an acronym.
  • johnbjohnb Member, Professional Chemist
    edited May 2017
    SARA was a very "in" phrase in the US when I was active in the industry as it dealt with TOSCA (another acronym) which was getting every legislative person's knickers in a twist at the time.

    SARA (or rather its meaning) always struck me as a very strange term for what it represented.

    TOSCA = TOxic Substances Control Act now more common without the "O" thus TSCA but this was when I was working in France where they are more poetic!
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