Published: 30 November 2023  (Updated: 01 February 2024)

COSMILE Europe App – Cosmetic ingredients information at your fingertips

CTPA is pleased to announce the launch today of the COSMILE Europe app from Cosmetics Europe[1], giving consumers practical and easy-to-access information on ingredients in their cosmetics and personal care products (available on Google Play and Apple Store).

The COSMILE Europe app provides consumers with a new and convenient entry point to the COSMILE Europe database launched in February this year (; the COSMILE Europe app and database provide reliable, verified and scientifically supported information on almost 30,000 cosmetic ingredients, helping citizens across Europe understand why certain ingredients are used in their cosmetic products, which properties they have and much more. The app version is also free and it is available in 8 languages (Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian and Spanish), with more to come. 

The COSMILE Europe app embodies the ongoing drive for transparency and the scientific educational initiatives from the cosmetics industry; it is a Europe-wide endeavour which complements CTPA’s own initiatives in the UK, such as CTPA’s consumer information website, and its educational campaigns throughout the year on many topics related to the safety of cosmetic products.

Special features and benefits for the consumer
  • The app is a ‘mobile’ source of information for consumers, easy to use whether at home, in a store, on holiday etc.
  • Thanks to its scanning feature which allows the user to scan an ingredients list on a product, consumers have improved accessibility to information, for instance when the packaging is small or the surrounding light not optimal for reading.
  • The app offers users the ability to track and therefore avoid ingredients to which they have an allergy.
How the app works

After downloading the app, the user can search for ingredient information by scanning the ingredients list on the label of a cosmetic or personal care product or search for information on an individual ingredient manually. 

The app also has an ‘Insights’ section answering frequently asked questions on cosmetic ingredients and providing information on how UK and EU cosmetics legislation ensures cosmetics and personal care products are safe.

Dr Emma Meredith, Director-General, CTPA says: “The cosmetics industry is a vibrant, innovative and responsible industry with science at its core and CTPA welcomes the launch of the COSMILE Europe app.  The app provides access to reliable, verified and scientifically supported information on cosmetic ingredients in a transparent and accessible way, giving consumers confidence in the essential products they use every day”.

John Chave, Director General, Cosmetics Europe says: “As an industry we are committed to providing information on the ingredients in our cosmetic products in a simple and easily accessible way. Now with the COSMILE Europe app, with its new ways of searching and tracking ingredients, accessing this information has never been easier. We hope this tool will contribute to helping European citizens choose their cosmetic products.”

[1] The European personal care association -


About CTPA

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association Limited (CTPA) is the UK trade association representing all types of companies involved in making, supplying and selling cosmetics and personal care products.

As the credible authority for a vibrant and innovative UK industry trusted to act responsibly for the benefit of the consumer, CTPA promotes best practices and advises companies about the strict legal framework for cosmetics and personal care products. Representing industry views to the UK Government and external stakeholders CTPA also provides information to the media on many topics relating to cosmetic products and the cosmetics industry in general.

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