Cosmetic Products

Is my product a cosmetic?

A cosmetic product is legally defined by the EU Cosmetics Regulation (Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009) as: “…any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours.” This definition can be broken down into three parts: 1. Substance or mixture; 2. Site of application; 3. Function. A product must meet all three elements of this definition to be a cosmetic product. The following questions will guide you through the definition and help you to decide if your product is classed as a cosmetic and so needs to comply with the requirements of the EU Cosmetics Regulation.