Cosmetic Product Labeling

Raw materials on vendor promotional's usually have the INCI listed.  For example you might have a raw material called "Heliobath AS - INCI - Ammonium Sulfonate".  Then you see the composition and its 6 other materials.  

So would you just list the INCI on your label or would you list the entire composition?

I've read this FDA document several times and I can't seem to get a clear answer.  I've also worked at companies who do both, so I am really just seeing what the deal is.

Thank you gentle chemists.


  • MarkBroussardMarkBroussard Member, Professional Chemist

    You are required to list the INCI name of the ingredient on the label.  Often, ingredients will have other components that are processing aids that do not need to be listed on the LOI ... just follow the INCI name for the ingredient and you will be in compliance.
    Chemist/Microbiologist formulating in the Organic & Naturals & Clean Beauty arena under ECOCert/Natural Products Assn/Whole Foods/National Organic Program/Clean At Sephora/Credo Clean guidelines focused skincare & haircare products. 

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  • Mark

    Thank you is there a reference for this?

    Thank you!
  • If you ever saw the list of things that can be tossed under 'fragrance' would blow your mind. :wink:
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    @Graillotion - Legitimate companies follow the IFRA guidelines for types of ingredients and levels used in cosmetic fragrances. I don't think people would be particularly surprised by what is included as fragrance.

    Using the term "fragrance" to refer to the blend of odor materials used is a convenient way for companies to keep their ingredient lists short enough to fit on a bottle. I don't think it helps consumers much to have a list of dozens or even hundreds of ingredients.  
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