Can You Use Testimonials As Evidence of Efficacy?

Can you use a testimonial to justify a skin hydration claim for a collagen health supplement?

Do you need to prove your supplement hydrates the skin?

Proper trials to prove your claims cost a lot of money. And there’s no guarantee a trial is going to give you the results you want. So the obvious question is can you get away with just launching the product and using the feedback you get from your customers as evidence of your claims?

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The self tan shake up

Self tan products are changing and consumers are going to notice.
You should too.

DHA self tan shake up
New EU self tan regulations reduce the maximum level of DHA usage to 10%

If you sell a self tanning product you will likely be aware of a looming change to the limit of dihydroxyacetone (DHA) in self tanning products to a maximum of 10% which is going to affect a large number of products on the market. The new regulation also sets a new DHA limit for non-oxidative hair-dye products to 6.5%, which while not unimportant will probably affect far fewer skus.

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Is Mouthwash Leave On Or Rinse Off?

Mouthwash leave on

The EU cosmetic regulations make clear that mouthwashes are one of the categories of cosmetic product. They are explicitly listed as an example, and obviously fit the definition. Elsewhere in the regulations, there is a distinction made between products that are left on, and those that are rinsed off. This is important because it affects the way that allergens need to be listed – there is a lower cut off value for allergens to be listed on leave on products. Continue reading “Is Mouthwash Leave On Or Rinse Off?”

Salicylic Acid – CMR2 status doesn’t affect its usefulness

Salicylic acid derived from willow trees
Salicylic Acid was first identified in willow bark

Salicylic acid has been used in cosmetics and dermatology for many years, more or less as soon as it was available in the 1840s. In fact it was used before that unknowingly as willow bark, from which it was first isolated, was already in use as a folk medicine before that. This use is referred to by Roman writers. But it has recently come under a bit of a cloud following its classification by the European Chemicals Agency as a Category 2 CMR.

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What Is A Cosmetic? – EU Cosmetic Product Categories

EU Cosmetic Product Categories

I don’t think that many people in the cosmetic business ever stop and think about what actually constitutes a cosmetic product.  Most of us are too busy working on them to philosophise about them.  But there is a definition, and it can be found in Article 2 of the EU cosmetic regulations EU 1223/2990.  It reads –

‘cosmetic product’ means any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protect­ ing them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours.

So basically anything you put on yourself to make yourself look, feel or smell good.   But there is also an actual list of the categories in the preamble.  It looks pretty comprehensive, and might come in handy if you ever get into an argument about what kind of product you are working on.

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