How to read cosmetic product label?

Updated: Dec 5, 2018

Cosmetic products must include information that explains what they are for, how to use them safely, and how to obtain the best result. Proper labelling is an important aspect of putting a cosmetic product on the market.

Cosmetic labels often look different to one another but on closer inspection they contain similar information. Much of this information is a legal requirement.

Generally there are two parts- front of pack (FOP) & Back of pack (BOP). FOP mostly contains Brand name, prime benefit that product offers to the consumer & net contents.

BOP contains product description, usage & storage directions, warnings if any, ingredient listing, batch number, manufacturing & best before use dates, maximum retail price, name & address & contact details of the manufacturer, manufacturing license number, barcode & various symbols explaining recyclable packaging, not tested on animals & period of use after opening the container. Ingredients are listed in descending order, starting with the largest amount in the product (usually water). (

It is important to read the instructions for use of each product, the warnings of use and how you must keep it to ensure it is in good condition throughout the shelf-life.

The label of a product is one of the most valuable instruments for the consumers to know what is in. Don’t forget to read the label.

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