The EU’s Categories of Cosmetic Products

EU Cosmetic Product Categories

Have you ever wondered what exactly a cosmetic is?  Most people don’t give it a second thought.  And why should they?  But the people who drafted the EU’s Cosmetic Regulations  had to be a bit more systematic and before they started coming up with the regulations they drew up a list of the thirty categories of cosmetic product which they covered.  Being a bit of an imp I instantly tried to think of any they had left out.  I couldn’t, but I wondered if any of the shiny, happy and reproductively successful people who read this blog could think of any.

EU Cosmetic Product Categories

Creams, emulsions, lotions, gels and oils for the skin Products for waving,straightening and fixing hair
Face masks Hair-setting products
Tinted bases (liquids, pastes, powders) Hair- cleansing products (lotions, powders, shampoos)
Make-up powders Hair- conditioning products (lotions, creams, oils)
After-bath powders Hairdressing products (lotions, lacquers, brilliantines)
Hygienic powders Shaving products (creams, foams, lotions)
Toilet soaps Make-up and products removing make-up
Deodorant soaps Products intended for application to the lips
Perfumes Products for care of the teeth and the mouth 
Toilet waters and eau de Cologne Products for nail care and make-up
Bath and shower preparations (salts, foams, oils, gels) Products for external intimate hygiene
Depilatories Sunbathing products
Deodorants and anti-perspirants Products for tanning with­out sun
Hair colorants Skin-whitening products 
Products for waving Anti-wrinkle products


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