What is the INCI?

In the cosmetic industry, the compounds on the ingredient list are determined by the PCPC and published in a book called the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI).

The INCI Directory is a great free resource that lists fairly accurate information about the INCI. Here is a video which describes how to use it.

Note: This is not an official production of the PCPC so you should not use the information found in the INCI Directory without verifying it’s accuracy with the PCPC.

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