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Sept. 20, 2019Cosmetics glossary

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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 is also at the origin of a Code of Good Practice for Manufacturers and standards for the use of fragrance ingredients, with three types of self-regulation:
• Prohibition: bans on the use of some materials
• Restriction: rules on the quantities or maximum dose to be used or the products in which certain materials can be used
• Specification: other conditions on the type of material

IFRA establishes these rules according to the type of product, and has defined 11 categories* for this purpose:
• Category 1: Lip Products of all types (solid and liquid lipsticks, balms, clear or colored, lip wax, etc.), Waxes for mechanical hair removal
• Category 2: Deodorant and antiperspirant products of all types (spray, stick, roll-on, under-arm and body, etc.)
• Category 3: Baby Lotion, Cream and Oil, Body Paint for children, Eye products of all types (eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner, eye make-up, eye masks, eye pillows, etc.), Hydroalcoholic products applied to recently shaved skin, Men’s facial creams, balms
• Category 4: Body creams, Oils, Lotions, Fragrancing creams of all types (except baby creams and lotions), Body paint (except for children), Cosmetic kits - Fragrance compounds, Foot care products, Hair deodorant, Hair styling aids, Hair sprays of all types (pumps, aerosol sprays, etc.), Hydroalcoholic products applied to unshaved skin (includes body mists (aqueous based, alcoholic based and hydroalcoholic)), Perfume kit fragrance ingredients
• Category 5: Baby powder and talc, Dry shampoo (or waterless shampoo), Facial masks, Hair permanent and other hair chemical treatments (e.g. relaxers), Hand cream, Hand sanitizer, Wipes or refreshing tissues for face, neck, hands, body, Women’s facial creams/facial make-up
• Category 6: Mouthwash, including Breath sprays, Toothpaste
• Category 7: Baby wipes, Insect repellent (intended to be applied to the skin), Intimate wipes
• Category 8: Hair dyes, Hair styling aids non-spray of all types (mousse, gels, leave-in conditioners, etc.), Make-up removers of all types (not including face cleansers), Nail care, Powders and talcs all types (except baby powders and talcs)
• Category 9: Bar soap (Toilet soap), Bath gels, Foams, Mousses, Salts, Oils and Other products added to bathwater, Body washes of all types (including baby washes) and Shower gels of all types, Depilatory (not including waxes for mechanical hair removal), Face cleansers of all types (washes, gels, scrubs, etc.), Liquid soap, Shampoos of all types (including baby shampoos), Shaving creams of all types (stick, gels, foams, etc.)
• Category 10: -
• Category 11: Conditioner (Rinse-Off)
*Only cosmetic products have been mentioned here in the different categories

For further information
• Visit IFRA website


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