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Lipstick's ingredients

Asked August 22, 2013 by neynou Cosmetic ingredients

Question : Hi. My question deals with make-up as a general matter, but more precisely, with lipsticks. Are animal fats and animal-derived substances still present in the finished products? Are they chemically modified and treated, or are they used as such, being present in their original condition?...

Answer : For animal ingredients, the first point is to make the distinction between so-called "constitutive" substances and "non-constitutive" ones.• Constitutive substances damage the physical integrity of the animal. In other words, their removal implies that the animal has, first, been killed....
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August 22, 2013 335 Cosmetic ingredients
Lipstick's ingredients

neynou Hi. My question deals with make-up as a general matter, but more precisely, with lipsticks. Are animal fats and animal-derived substances still present in the finished products? Are they chemically modified and treated, or are they used as such, being present in their original condition?...

Ms Carole André For animal ingredients, the first point is to make the distinction between so-called "constitutive" substances and "non-constitutive" ones.• Constitutive substances damage the physical integrity of the animal. In other words, their removal implies that the animal has, first, been killed.... [Read more ]

April 3, 2013 310 Cosmetic regulations
How to interpret the Article 19, Labelling, of the (EC) Regulation 1223/2009, by the European Parliament

aho In its paragraph 5, the Article 19 states, "The language of the information mentioned in points (b), (c), (d) and (f) of paragraph 1 and in paragraphs (2), (3) and (4) shall be determined by the law of the Member States in which the product is made available to the end user." To sum it up, what...

Ms Laurence Wittner Hello, This point of the Regulation clearly means that some elements of a label must be translated, according to the laws of every country. Even in Europe, there are some discrepancies between the requirements of different countries about which mentions to translate or not. For a product... [Read more ]

January 16, 2013 293 Cosmetic regulations
Cosmetics sales on the Internet

moiettoi Hello,I would like whether selling cosmetics on the Internet is a regulated business. If so, which regulation applies?

Ms Laurence Wittner Hello,There are no specific texts about the sales of cosmetics on the Internet. On the other hand, the regulation applied to consumer goods is valid there too.You may find all the needed references in this article. Further, as a distributor of cosmetic products, you must also comply with the... [Read more ]

March 1, 2013 303 Cosmetic ingredients
Nitrosamine

auréli Hello,In the "regulation" area of the TEA-dodecylbenzenesulfonate, I see that a 50 µg of nitrosamines per kilogramme figure is acceptable. Does this mean that this ingredient contains nitrosamines? Thank you.

Ms Laurence Wittner Hello, When the regulation states such restrictions to the use of a raw material in a cosmetic product, this means that the ingredient is subject to nitrosation, especially when in contact with nitrosating agents or, for example, stored in cans containing nitrites. This does not mean that it... [Read more ]

January 26, 2013 294 Skin problems
Non-comedogenic

kinette49 Hello, With an oily skin, prone to imperfections, I’ve been advised by dermatologists to use preferably non-comedogenic cosmetics. It seems that this information is not always displayed, especially on organic cosmetics. Is there any means to detect the comedogenic potential, for instance,...

Ms Laurence Wittner Hello,Right, the "Non-comedogenic" mention is not always displayed on the labels of cosmetics.Two points shall be thought about.• Even is the mention is lacking, the product may be non-comedogenic.• However, even if mentioned, there is no guarantee that the product does not contain any... [Read more ]

January 5, 2013 290 Skin problems
Stretch marks

epitaph Hello,I’m 24, and following recent weight changes (+/- 10 kg/12 lbs within less than a year), stretch marks appeared on my hips, breast and thighs. I’ve understood there is no way to get rid of them, only to make them less visible. What is your opinion about the “anti-stretch...

Ms Laurence Wittner Hello,During important weight changes, or for physiological reasons, the skin collagen and elastin fibers are degraded. They lengthen, shorten and break, hence, the stretch marks, a kind of scar, which comes as small grooves on the epidermis surface.Obviously, it is far easier to prevent the... [Read more ]

October 16, 2012 271 Cosmetic ingredients
Is fewer ingredients synonym with better for the skin?

Julioo44 Hi. I’ve just found a programme of very, very simple cares, with very few ingredients in the products. My question comes as, "Is less better?" Do you think that a care with five to ten ingredients, hence, more concentrated, is better for our skins than a formula in which the active...

Ms Laurence Wittner Hello, A general answer to this question is impossible. It is true that fewer ingredients in a formula are also synonymous with fewer substances which the skin may come in contact with; thus, potentially, fewer ingredients that could make it react in an undesirable way (allergies, irritations,... [Read more ]

September 11, 2012 262 Cosmetic regulations
Cosmetic regulation - Nano lebelling

VIKICR Hi. I do have a question about the labelling of the nanomaterials in cosmetic products. I’ve seen in one of your papers that their mention will be mandatory in 2013, but when reading the Regulation on cosmetics, I do not find any clear mention of January 2013. Is this the mandatory date?...

Ms Laurence Wittner Hello, The labelling of nanomaterials is mentioned in the Cosmetics Regulation n°1223/2009, which will completely replace the Directive as of 11 July 2013. In its Article 19, it gives a full list of the mandatory mentions that shall be displayed on the label of a product. It clearly states... [Read more ]

October 21, 2012 272 Allergies
Allergy and nickel

Balahé4 Hi. I’m allergic to nickel, and I react more and more to make-up. After long searches, I’ve found this was due to nickel traces present in CI 77499, and may be too, in CI 77491, CI 77492 and CI 77489. Could you confirm whether these four ingredients contain nickel traces, or...

Ms Carole André Hello, The mentioned ingredients are all iron oxides, colourants from natural origin (mineral): CI 77491 (red), CI 77492 (yellow), CI 77499 (black), CI 77489 (orange). They are very often found in make-up products, almost systematically in natural and organic cosmetic products, and... [Read more ]

June 21, 2012 254 Cosmetic ingredients
Passage to the blood

epitaph Hi. Thanks to the coming of nice days, I’ve decided to use a caffeine-based anti-cellulite cream, and I’ve noticed that I have sleepless nights since. Is caffeine able to enter blood, and to have such an effect? When thinking, it is obvious that some molecules go through the...

Ms Carole André Hi, In this kind of products, yes, the cutaneous barrier is on the front line: it shall be crossed by the anti-cellulite active ingredients (and the products designed for this purpose), as they are supposed to have an effect on the deep dermis and on fatty tissues. People who are sensitive to... [Read more ]