Home Cosmetic Science Talk Formulating Cosmetic Industry Resources Difference Between Ink Name VS Trade Name VS Grade Name

  • Difference Between Ink Name VS Trade Name VS Grade Name

    Posted by shahzaibdilawar on August 7, 2020 at 9:04 am

    I was searching for ” How to write a cosmetic formula?“.

    Basically I am confused about writing the material names on formulation sheet. kindly guide me @Perry and other professionals, which name I have to mention on the formulation sheet and what is the difference between these three names? like  Ink Name VS Trade Name VS Grade Name. 

    oldperry replied 3 years, 6 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
  • 3 Replies
  • oldperry

    August 7, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    I think you are using the wrong term. Rather than “Ink Name”, I think you mean INCI name. This refers to the official name of ingredients as listed in the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients compendium.

    When you are creating a List of Ingredients (LOI) which goes on the back of your cosmetic product, you are required to list the INCI name of all your materials.

    The Trade Name is a name that the raw material manufacturer gives to an ingredient they sell. They do this as a way to make their own products stand out and make it easier to market. You DO NOT use this name when putting together a list of ingredients.  You may use this name when you are putting together a formula. In fact, it is probably better to use a trade name when putting a formula together so you know which supplier to use for making a formula. 

    I do not know what “Grade Name” means but I would guess that this is a alpha-numeric designation that the raw material supplier gives to different blends of a specific raw material. It is not really used in the cosmetic industry (as far as I know).

    As an example. Consider a detergent like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

    INCI name: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
    Trade Names: Stepanol LCP  (Stepan) or Jeelate SLS-30 (Jeen)
    Grade names: (Stepan)  Stepanol LCP, Stepanol CFAS-70, Stepanol DXAS165P

  • pharma

    August 7, 2020 at 5:54 pm
    Just to add some more confusion (or clarity, if you were a chemist): the ‘official’ names of chemicals are according to IUPAC and @Perry’s example would be called sodium dodecyl sulfate. There are other nomenclatures too and colloquial terms as well… sometimes, these are identical but too often they are not.
    Grades are also used to describe purity such as cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food, technical, analytical grade…
  • shahzaibdilawar

    August 10, 2020 at 7:26 am

    Thanks, @Perry, and @Pharma

Log in to reply.