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Cosmetic Labelling is Highly Legislated – Know the Rules

Labelservice are major suppliers of self adhesive labels to the cosmetics industry and its associated sectors. We supply to all and every size of businesses, whether you are a startup company working from home, or a larger established manufacturer. Cosmetics labels are a challenge, due to the extremely high quality of print and finishing required. Additionally, regulations demand that the legislative copy required on the label is increasing, leading to a growing demand for multi-layer, peel and reveal labels.

All cosmetic products in the UK are covered by the REGULATION (EC) No 1223/2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL. These regulations make reference to the “responsible person”, this is generally either the manufacturer or person who has such a product designed or manufactured and markets that cosmetic product under their name or trademark. As the responsible person you must comply with the regulations associated with manufacturing and/or selling of cosmetic products.

You must ensure the name and address of the “responsible person” is visible, this is the person named on the CPSR (Cosmetic Product Safety Report). Make sure the weight/volume of the product is clearly displayed on the product and packaging. This is important for any product because it helps in conjunction with other relevant information.

There must be a best before date. You must list any precautions on the label, these may be relevant to the use of product or because of ingredients. The main ones are:

‘Rinse-off product’ means a cosmetic product which is intended to be removed after application on the skin, the hair or the mucous membranes.

‘Leave-on product’ means a cosmetic product which is intended to stay in prolonged contact with the skin, the hair or the mucous membranes.

When you list your ingredients, you want to list them in descending order of concentration, this is for both a visual reference and consistency. Also, it is good practise to list your ingredients using the INCI name – International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. Generally, you can refer to perfume (fragrance oils), aromatic compositions and their raw materials by using the terms ‘parfum’ or ‘aroma’.

In the case of soap, bath bombs and other small products where it is impossible for practical reasons for the information to appear on a label, tag, tape or card or in an enclosed leaflet, this information shall appear on a notice in immediate proximity to the container in which the cosmetic product is exposed for sale. Ensure to list any allergens present in the product.