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May 16, 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 by Regulation 1223/2009, and it is in this text that its definition must be sought.

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08 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Spread cancer

Cancer when it has spread in the entire body.

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08 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Fibrocystic breast disease

Umbrella term for various benign breast diseases, neither inflammatory nor tumorous, that can induce cysts which may be large. 

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07 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Dermocaustic

Refers to a substance that acts as a skin irritant, and can cause burns to skin and mucous membranes.

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07 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Irritating

Which can cause irritation or inflammation of skin.

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07 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Sensitizing

Refers to a substance that promotes or triggers a sensitization, a modification of the body, which, once sensitized, overreacts (intolerances, allergies ) if in contact with this substance, even if there was previously no reaction.    

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07 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Photosensitizer

Refers to a substance that promotes or triggers skin sensitization to light or solar radiation, and can lead to adverse reactions (intolerances, burns, eczema, allergies …).

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07 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Allergenic

Which may promote or cause allergies.

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04 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Emmenagogic

Which induces menstrual flow.

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04 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Convulsive

A substance is said Convulsive when able to cause convulsions.

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04 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Convulsive

Characterized by convulsions (involuntary and jerky contractions). A substance is said Convulsive when able to cause convulsions.

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04 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Abortive, abortifascient

Which causes an abortion.

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04 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Neurotoxic

Applied to a substance which may have an adverse effect on the nervous system, by modifying even eliminating the nerve impulse.

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04 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Uterotrophic

A substance that helps for the development of the uterus (increasing size and weight).

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02 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Soothing

Which helps in lowering skin's or scalp's discomfort. 

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02 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Soothing Agent

Soothing agents help lightening discomfort of the skin or of the scalp.

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02 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Tonic Agent

Tonic agents produce a feeling of well-being on skin and hair.

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02 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Tonic

Which produces a feeling of well-being on skin and hair.

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02 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Antifungical

Which kills fungi (micro-organisms) or prevents their development.

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02 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Anti-infectious

Which helps fight against infection.

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02 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Antimicrobial

Which opposes the growth of germs.

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02 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Parasiticidal

Which precludes the emergence and spread of pests (animals and plants living at the expense of another, harming it), as flukes, pinworms, lices, fleas, bedbugs, ticks  

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02 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Antiviral

Said of a substance active against viruses.

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02 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Antiseptic

Which prevents decay by killing germs.

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02 March 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Antibacterial

Which opposes the growth of bacteria.

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24 Jan. 2011 Cosmetics glossary

PEG

Acronym for PolyEthylene Glycol. By extension, "PEGs" refers to all the cosmetic ingredients derived from it, that can be recognized by the letters "PEG" in their official name.

24 Jan. 2011 Cosmetics glossary

SCCS

SCCS is the European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety.

18 Jan. 2011 Cosmetics glossary

NaTrue

Label created in 2008 by the European Natural and Organic Cosmetics Interest Grouping, a group of manufacturers of natural and organic cosmetic products, including mainly those of the German cosmetics association IKW (Laverana/Lavera, Logocos/Logona, Primavera, Santaverde, WALA/Dr. Hauschka, Weleda). It is granted to a product after a review of ...

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16 Jan. 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Astringent

Tightens skin pores.

EU Ecolabel
13 Jan. 2011 Cosmetics glossary

EU Ecolabel

Created in 1992, the European Ecolabel is the only official European ecological label that can be used in all Member States of the European Union. In France, it is issued by AFNOR Certification, an independent certification body. It is a voluntary certification mark for products and services.

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02 Jan. 2011 Cosmetics glossary

Film forming

Produces a continuous film on skin, hair, or nails.

21 Nov. 2010 Cosmetics glossary

CITES

Acronym for Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild fauna and flora.

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15 Nov. 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Keratolytic

Keratolytic agents help to eliminate dead cells from the cornea or outer layer of the skin. It works by simple contact withe the skin, interacting with keratin.

26 Oct. 2010 Cosmetics glossary

No Biopiracy!

Logo representing the commitment of the brand which places it on its products against biopiracy.

21 Oct. 2010 Cosmetics glossary

ECARF

The ECARF Quality Seal is awarded to allergy-friendly products and services.

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24 Sept. 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Propellant

Propellants give the pressure in an aerosol spray can (deodorants, shaving foams …), expelling what is called the active product when the valve is opened. Some liquefied propellants can act as solvents.

18 Sept. 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Eco-Emballages (Ecological-Packagings)

Private company founded on the initiative of French industry, promoting the establishment of curbside recycling of household waste by local authorities.

18 Sept. 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Green Dot

Eco-Emballages (Ecological-Packagings) logo, indicating that the product's manufacturer contributes to waste recycling.

To go further: see Regulation 1272/2008 with the list of substances classified as CMR
06 Sept. 2010 Cosmetics glossary

CMR

Initials referring to substances which are Carcinogenic, Mutagenic (provoking permanent change in the amount and/or structure of the genetic material of the body) or toxic for Reproduction (in particular by causing malformation of sexual organs, or affecting the quality of sperm).

07 July 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Bio Equitable - Organic Fair Trade

Founded in 2002, Bio Partenaire (in the past Bio Equitable) is an association under law 1901 which joins together small businesses and medium-sized companies within the agrobiologic sector, who wish to produce according to criteria of durable economic development.

05 July 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Moisturizing Agent

Hydrating agents increase the water content of the skin and help to maintain its soft and smooth appearance.

05 July 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Antiperspirant Agent

Antiperspirant agents (or antitranspirants) reduce perspiration - not to be confused with deodorant agents .

05 July 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Antitranspirant Agent

Antitranspirant agents (or antiperspirants) reduce perspiration - not to be confused with deodorant agents .