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Sept. 20, 2019 | Cosmetics glossary

IFRA

Founded in Geneva in 1973, IFRA is the International Fragrance Association, the official international body representing the fragrance industry. Its main goal is to ensure the safety of fragrance raw materials for health and the environment through a dedicated scientific program.

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IFRA
20 Sept. 2019 Cosmetics glossary

IFRA

Founded in Geneva in 1973, IFRA is the International Fragrance Association, the official international body representing the fragrance industry. Its main goal is to ensure the safety of fragrance raw materials for health and the environment through a dedicated scientific program.

Cosmetic products
16 May 2019 Cosmetics glossary

Cosmetic Product

What is a cosmetic product? We all have the feeling that we know this… but we can also make mistakes sometimes! And the question is not insignificant, since the status of a product determines the regulations, and the obligations, that apply to it. In Europe, a cosmetic product is governed ...

EthicAdvisor's logo
06 Dec. 2018 Cosmetics glossary

EthicAdvisor

This logo, awarded by the private company EthicAdvisor, aims to distinguish ethical products in three dimensions: the health, the social and the planet.

Ecocert Environment
04 Dec. 2018 Cosmetics glossary

Ecocert Environment

Ecocert Environment is the “responsible” branch of the Ecocert certification body.

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11 Sept. 2018 Cosmetics glossary

Bureau Veritas Certification

Bureau Veritas Certification France is a certifying body operating in diverse fields such as food sectors, animal nutrition, catering, distribution and cosmetics.

draping drawing published on Marc Jacobs's Instagram account
21 May 2018 Cosmetics glossary

Draping

If you want to sculpt your own face, make it glow, and brighten your complexion without too sophisticated makeup, draping is the ideal technique. Similarly to strobing, this trend consists in highlighting your face contours by illuminating specific areas like the arch of the eyebrows and the cheekbones. The only ...

Hazardous substances
07 May 2018 Cosmetics glossary

SVHC

This acronym was introduced by the REACH regulation (on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemicals). A chemical identified as a ‘Substance of Very High Concern’, or SVHC, is subject to an evaluation, and then an authorization process for its use to be regulated.

young woman
02 April 2018 Cosmetics glossary

Layering

Layering is a skincare ritual that comes straight from Asia. This technique consists in applying different cosmetic products on the face, in a particular order.
We often tend to think it is only popular among South Korean and Japanese women, but it is actually much favoured throughout the continent.

05 March 2018 Cosmetics glossary

Co-wash

What if washing your hair with shampoo was not the ideal hair care method? Based on this principle, the co-wash technique favours the use of conditioners as washing agents.

05 Feb. 2018 Cosmetics glossary

Chroming

Displaying a flawless, radiant glow is no longer enough: complexion sculpting has become common practice in the makeup sphere. Makeup is the ideal ally to re-outline your face and its contours. Latest technique for it: chroming.

29 Jan. 2018 Cosmetics glossary

Baking

Baking follows the ‘hare-brained makeup trend’. Born on YouTube, this method consists in leaving makeup on your face for quite long to make it last even longer.

06 Dec. 2017 Cosmetics glossary

Vegan

The ‘veganism’ trend is increasingly more integrated to our lifestyles. Food, textile, and cosmetics are among the industries concerned, and more and more consumers look for vegan products to adopt consumption habits in line with their own convictions.

25 Sept. 2017 Cosmetics glossary

Cosmebio

French label for ecological and organic cosmetics, controlled by the Professional Association of Ecological and Organic Cosmetics.

06 June 2017 Cosmetics glossary

Melanocyte

The term ‘melanocyte’ is derived from the Greek words melas and kutos, which mean ‘black’ and ‘cell’, and refers to an element constituting the epidermis. It is responsible for the skin colouration. Although they are at the origin of our tan, melanocytes mainly have a preventive function against the ...

17 May 2017 Cosmetics glossary

Liposome

The term ‘liposome’ is derived from the Greek words ‘lipos’ and ‘soma’, which mean ‘fat’ and ‘body’, respectively. A liposome is a small bubble of fat which contains an aqueous solution. This technique is used in pharmaceutics, medicine, but also cosmetics, as it enhances the penetration of actives in the ...

03 May 2017 Cosmetics glossary

NOAEL

NOAEL (No-Observed-Adverse-Effect Level) is a safety value used by toxicology offices to guarantee the safety of products before they are placed on the market. It is in force in the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries.

22 March 2017 Cosmetics glossary

Keratinocyte

A keratinocyte is a cell which constitutes the external layer of the skin (epidermis). It is essential to the body: in addition to protecting it from external aggressions, it guarantees the impermeability of the body.

01 March 2017 Cosmetics glossary

Isotonic

Cosmetics increasingly boast about having ‘isotonic’ formulas. This complex term is often misunderstood by the general public: it refers to a cosmetic product which preserves the nature of the skin.


14 Feb. 2017 Cosmetics glossary

Stratum corneum

The term ‘stratum corneum’ refers to the corneal layer, the first layer on the surface of the skin. Although it is not very thick, it is actually essential to human life.

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
25 Jan. 2017 Cosmetics glossary

Non-touring

The beauty industry is always resourceful when it comes to create new concepts. Non-touring, a neologism we owe to the imagination of makeup artists, is the new trendy method to work on complexion.

04 Jan. 2017 Cosmetics glossary

Strobing

Strobing is a makeup technique that aims to brighten the rounded parts of the face to sculpt it. More than a fashion, it has been a real trend since 2015, and you must absolutely be familiar with it.

21 Dec. 2016 Cosmetics glossary

Microbeads

Microbeads are among the cosmetic ingredients used to formulate many products. If they used to be on a roll thanks to their exfoliating properties and low cost, they are now disparaged because of their negative environmental impact.

19 Dec. 2016 Cosmetics glossary

Ecocert

Ecocert, a French control and certification body allocates its logo to natural and organic cosmetic products, after verifying their compliance with its technical standards that were registered at the French Ministry of Industry in 2003 or with the COSMOS-Standard.

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29 Aug. 2016 Cosmetics glossary

Cosmetics risks and hazards

We often hear about the risks associated with the use of cosmetics or the hazards they represent. And yet, the two notions are quite different and should not be mistaken for one another.

Thinkstock/L'Observatoire des Cosmétiques
01 June 2016 Cosmetics glossary

Blur

This term has been more and more commonly used for a while on cosmetics labels, in particular in anti-aging product sales leaflets. The concept may seem new… even if the cosmetics industry has been familiar with its principle for a long time, especially with the soft focus techniques.

To-be-labelled-allergens
02 April 2016 Cosmetics glossary

To-be-labelled allergens

26 aromatic compounds and fragrance substances, found in particular in essential oils, must be included in the list of ingredients as soon as they are more than 0.01% present in rinse-off products and more than 0.001% in leave-on products. A legal notice, intended to warn and protect people sensitized to these allergenic molecules, ...

The Observatory of Cosmetics
04 March 2016 Cosmetics glossary

Antioxidant

An antioxidant inhibits reactions promoted by oxygen, thus avoiding oxidation and rancidity.

10 Aug. 2015 Cosmetics glossary

Origine France Garantie

Created in 2011, the 'Origine France Garantie' label guarantees consumers that the products bearing the logo were made in France.

11 Feb. 2015 Cosmetics glossary

Triman

The Triman logo system was enforced on January 1, 2015, as a result of the French ‘Grenelle Environnement’ initiative. It helps consumers identify the recyclable packaging subject to sorting instructions.

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
19 Sept. 2014 Cosmetics glossary

Recommended by CosmeticsOBS-L'Observatoire des Cosmétiques

The logo "Recommended by L'Observatoire des Cosmétiques” is dedicated to the products prized by the CosmeticOBS-L’Observatoire des Cosmétiques experts. These cosmetics won an overall mean mark equal to or above 15/20, and/or are recommended in the works of the collection "The Best Cosmetics" (Medicis editions) or "Premium Cosmetics" (CosmeticOBS editions) or ...

16 May 2014 Cosmetics glossary

ASSAF

The ASSAF (French association of soap makers using cold saponification) gathers professionals seeking to make people discover soap making with cold saponification, give it more value and optimize its know-how. This method preserves the fat content of soaps, thus resulting in products that are richer in glycerine and softer for ...

15 Feb. 2014 Cosmetics glossary

AFNOR

The AFNOR association and its affiliates form an international public interest group focused on promoting public interest concerns and better economic growth.

Pandora - fotolia.com
18 Oct. 2013 Cosmetics glossary

Visa PP

Product Advertising Visa.

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
03 Oct. 2013 Cosmetics glossary

Claim

In the cosmetic industry, a claim is used to present the characteristics of a product, or to claim one (or several) of its qualities or efficacy. Cosmetic claims are controlled by a regulation (655/2013)… although they are not precisely defined, at least at the European level.

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20 May 2013 Cosmetics glossary

ICEA

ICEA (Institute of Certification for Ethics and the Environment) is an Italian certification body that inspects and certifies natural and organic cosmetic products(among other types of products) on the basis of the COSMOS-Standard or its own DTR 06 standard.

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
03 May 2013 Cosmetics glossary

Withdrawal

A withdrawal of a cosmetic product is precisely defined in the Cosmetics Regulation (Regulation 1223/2009 – implemented in full on 11 July 2013).

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
03 May 2013 Cosmetics glossary

End user

Being the last one of the actors involved in the life of a cosmetic product, an "end user" is precisely defined in the Cosmetics Regulation (Regulation 1223/2009 – implemented in full on 11 July 2013).

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
26 Feb. 2013 Cosmetics glossary

Placing on the market

Making available on the market a cosmetic product is precisely defined in the Cosmetics Regulation (Regulation 1223/2009 – implemented in full on 11 July 2013).

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
26 Feb. 2013 Cosmetics glossary

Making available on the market

Making available on the market a cosmetic product is precisely defined in the Cosmetics Regulation (Regulation 1223/2009 – implemented in full on 11 July 2013).

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
20 Feb. 2013 Cosmetics glossary

Responsible Person

After the Article 4 of the Cosmetics Regulation (Regulation 1223/2009 – implemented in full on 11 July 2013), "only cosmetic products for which a legal or natural person is designated within the Community as ‘responsible person’ shall be placed on the market." The “Responsible Person” statute may be automatically attributed, or may result from a contract. 

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
20 Feb. 2013 Cosmetics glossary

Manufacturer

A "manufacturer" of a cosmetic product is precisely defined in the Cosmetics Regulation (Regulation 1223/2009 – implemented in full on 11 July 2013).

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
20 Feb. 2013 Cosmetics glossary

Importer

An "importer" of a cosmetic product is precisely defined in the Cosmetics Regulation (Regulation 1223/2009 – implemented in full on 11 July 2013).