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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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05 July 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Odor-Absorbing Agent

Odor-absorbing agents eliminate odors. Generally, they are tied to active disinfectants which together reinforce activity in deodorants.

05 July 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Deodorant Agent

Deodorant agents reduce or mask disagreeable body odors, not to be confused with antiperspirant (ou antitranspirant) agents.

04 July 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Vegan

Label guaranteeing the absence of any animal compound in the cosmetic product.

15 April 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Mixture

Mixtures mainly form our cosmetic products: the substances 'mixtures' have now a definition, provided by the new European Cosmetic Regulation.

15 April 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Substance

We often use the term 'cosmetic ingredients'… But we are mistaken! Because what mainly makes up our cosmetic products are 'substances', at least according to the new European Cosmetic Regulation.

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15 April 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Cosmetic products : the definition

What is a cosmetic product? We all think we know … but we all may have a different definition! The new European Cosmetic Regulation provides its own.

30 March 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Blackhead

Blackhead or pimple due to excessive accumulation of sebum in the skin pore.

30 March 2010 Cosmetics glossary

COSMED

The French Professional association of small and medium-sized companies in the cosmetics sector.

Some dates of minimum durability
30 March 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Date of minimum durability

Generally what we name the use-before date is in fact a date of minimum durability.

20 Feb. 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Comedo

Blackhead due to a excessive accumulation of sebum in the skin pore.

20 Feb. 2010 Cosmetics glossary

Sebum

Secretion of the sebaceous glands.

31 Dec. 2009 Cosmetics glossary

REACH

REACH is an acronym for Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of CHemicals. It is a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union which was passed at the end of December 2006 and was made law on 1 June, 2007. In particular it aims to increase knowledge of chemical substances, to ...

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30 Dec. 2009 Cosmetics glossary

Hydrol

Hydrols come from the condensation of water (steam) during distillation of essential oils. This distillation, the first purpose of which is generally to extract the essential oil from the plant, also allows collection of an aqueous substance; this is loaded with volatile molecules of the plant and we name this ...

Liv Friis Larsen -  Fotolia.com
30 Dec. 2009 Cosmetics glossary

Surfactant

Ingredient which reduces the surface tension and favoures a uniform distribution of product during its use.

Adisa - Fotolia.com
30 Dec. 2009 Cosmetics glossary

Galenic

Galenic, derivation from the name of Greek physician Galien (2nd century A.D.), is the scientific discipline which deals with different forms that pharmaceutical or cosmetic products can take.

Deardone - Fotolia.com
30 Dec. 2009 Cosmetics glossary

Excipient

The excipient constitutes the base on which the formula of cosmetic product rests.

10 Nov. 2009 Cosmetics glossary

DGCCRF

General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control

31 Aug. 2009 Cosmetics glossary

Cosmetovigilance

Cosmetovigilance is a system to monitor and record adverse effects due to the use of cosmetics, listing them and giving  information to prevent further occurrences.

16 May 2009 Cosmetics glossary

EcoGarantie (EcoGuarantee)

Belgian seal of approval emanating from a regrouping of actors of the biological sector (producers, transformers, distributors, consumers and technical organizations) within the framework of BioForum. Parallel to the BioGuarantee seal which relates only to agricultural produce, ÉcoGarantie can be affixed on every product originating from ingredients that result from ...

16 May 2009 Cosmetics glossary

EcoControl

Organism of control and certification of ecological and biological products, as well as systems of quality assurance. EcoControl functions only in the non-alimentary domain.

16 May 2009 Cosmetics glossary

Coeur de Forêt (Heart of the Forest)

1 product bought = 1 planted tree. Cosmetics which affix this logo take part in the action of the Coeur de Forêt Association (Heart of Forest), wherein the global objective is to develop an economic model which makes it possible to preserve the tropical rain forest and its inhabitants, and thus create real ...

Leaping Bunny
22 Jan. 2009 Cosmetics glossary

Leaping Bunny

Old logo atributed and controlled by the association One Voice, French representative of' ECEAE (the European Coalition to put an end to animal experimentation). First French group working in favor of animal rights in laboratories or in the wild. One Voice, created in 1995, also fights on behalf of circus animals, ...

 Nature & Progrès
18 Jan. 2009 Cosmetics glossary

Nature & Progrès (Nature & Progress)

French logo designating an organic and ecological cosmetic, issued by an association of consumers and professionals (producers and processors) grouped in a federation. In parallel with a technical specification drawn up in 1998, members must comply with the Nature & Progress Charter, which commits them to many environmental and social issues, ...

FDI Logo
13 Jan. 2009 Cosmetics glossary

FDI

A logo indicating that the product has received approval by the International Dental Federation (FDI - World Dental Federation).

Some dates of minimum durability
23 Dec. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

Use-Before date

Generally what we name the use-before date is in fact a date of minimum durability.

CCTB
19 Dec. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

Platform for Fair Trade

Logo indicating that the product manufacturer adheres to the principles of the PFCE (Platform for Fair Trade) collective.

The NF mark
19 Dec. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

NF

A logo indicating that the product is in conformity with French Standards of quality and safety.

ADF advises
19 Dec. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

ADF

Stamp of approval indicating that the product received the approval of the French Dental Association.

Open Pot 36 M
03 Dec. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

Period-After-Opening

Sometimes named by the acronym : PAO.

BDIH
02 Dec. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

BDIH

German label for a Controlled Natural Cosmetic, developed and allocated under the control of a federal association of German commercial and industrial companies for medicines, dietary products, food supplements and personal care. In order to be able to affix the logo of this brand to its packaging, a cosmetic product ...

1% for the Planet Logo
02 Dec. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

1% For The Planet

Logo indicating that the brand donate at least 1% of its sales to protect environment. Founded in 2002, it is managed by the Club 1% For The Planet, which brings together about 1500 companies worldwilde.

COSMECO
02 Dec. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

Cosmeco

French stamp of approval indicating ecological cosmetics, controlled by an association of cosmetic manufacturers of products, in partnership with Ecocert.

Max Havelaar
02 Dec. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

Max Havelaar

A seal of approval given to a product which meet the criteria of Fair Trade. It is managed by the Max Havelaar France association , a member of the international movement Fairtrade. Max Havelaar-labelled products are controlled on a regular basis by FLO-CERT, an independent certification body.

The Personal Care Products Council, the ex-CTFA
09 Nov. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

Personal Care Products Council (PCPC)

Personal Care Products Council is the new name of CTFA (Cosmetics, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association).

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review
09 Nov. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

CIR

Acronym for: Cosmetic Review Ingredient.

The FEBEA, Federation of beauty companies
09 Nov. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

FEBEA

FEBEA is the French federation of cosmetics industries.

08 Nov. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

EINECS/ELINCS

Acronyms for: European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances and European List of Notified Chemical Substances.

The CTFA, now the Personal Care Products Council
08 Nov. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

CTFA

Acronym for: Cosmetics, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association.

The Chemical Abstracts Service
08 Nov. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

CAS (number)

Acronym for: Chemical Abstracts Service.

Filipe Varela - fotolia.com
28 Oct. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

Emulsifier

A emulsifier favours the formation of closed mixtures between the immiscible liquids (as for example water and oil). Clearly it allows the realization of emulsion from oil and water.

The Observatory of Cosmetics
28 Oct. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

Hypoallergenic

This statment on the label means the product has been formulated to minimize the risk of allergies, or that the tests conducted announce a very low sensitizing potential. It does not mean that the product can completely avoid any possibility of skin reaction or sensitization.

The Observatory of Cosmetics
28 Oct. 2008 Cosmetics glossary

Hypoallergenic pro

This statment on the label means the product has been formulated to minimize the risk of allergies, or that the tests conducted announce a very low sensitizing potential. It does not mean that the product can completely avoid any possibility of skin reaction or sensitization.