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Making and Testing Cosmetic Products
Transcript of Making and Testing Cosmetic Products
Making and Testing Cosmetic Products
Cosmetic Label Symbols: What do they mean?
During this lesson we are going to be looking at the packaging and labeling of cosmetics and what these labels mean.
The cosmetic symbols on your beauty products indicate shelf life, ingredients and what you need to know to keep your skin safe. Since our make-up and skin care goods can harbor some pretty nasty bacteria, it's about time you got the lowdown on what cosmetic labeling means.
Before we start let's have a look at some grubby facts about our cosmetic products
The recommended lifespan of a mascara is six months but on average we use them for up to a year. Mascara wands are breeding grounds for the bacteria that cause conjunctivitis.
Dirty make-up brushes and sponges are ripe with the micro-organisms that cause herpes, ringworm and impetigo (an infectious skin disease that causes scabs and blisters). Yet 71% of women say they never clean them. Wash your brushes and sponges in a mild soapy solution once every two to three weeks and leave to dry completely.
Eyeshadow and blusher have a recommended lifespan of 18 to 24 months but they are kept on average for 180 months - that's 15 years.
60% of us regularly share make-up with our friends - multiplying the chances of infection.
If your make-up looks or smells strange, has dried out or has changed in texture, it's bad. Throw it out!
This, of course explains why the EU goes to great lengths to save us from ourselves by using the symbols we find on the back of packaging. Reading the fine print is probably the last thing you think of when you gleefully rip off the packaging from your brand new beauty buy but it's worth taking a few moments to study your goods. The information will explain how to get the best results out of your products, and how to use them safely.
The 'lid' symbol indicates the recommended number of months within which the product should be used after it's first opened. Cosmetic products that have a lifespan of less than 30 months must show a 'best before end of' date.
This may be shown as the 'egg timer' symbol followed by the date.
Products carrying this logo must have clear labeling and product formula, approved by the organic product watchdog, the Soil Association (opens in a new window). They must use the maximum possible amount of organic ingredients (95%).
A product can flag that it contains organic ingredients if they amount to 70% or more of the total formula - although they can't claim that the overall product is 'organic'.
Ingredients legally have to be listed on either the outer packaging, carton or tube, jar or bottle - in descending order of concentration. "Due to the range of shades in lipsticks and make-up, colours are listed together at the end of ingredient lists.
This symbol indicates that further information is included within the packaging.
The 'e' symbol refers to the net contents - the amount of product in the package. The logo is a guarantee that the quantity of the product printed on the packaging is correct, according to EU standards.
Recycling & Other Symbols
The Green Dot symbol doesn't refer to recycling as commonly thought. It is a hallmark of European legislation that refers to waste management but has no legal meaning in the UK (it will be on your packaging if the manufacturer uses a global design but under UK law it's redundant).
This image is a typical recycling symbol, meaning that the packaging can be recycled