Cosmetics law: the importance of regulations
The provisions of cosmetics law relate to cosmetic products of all kinds, but not to medicinal products, medical devices or biocides. The demarcation results in particular from the detailed definition of cosmetic products both in terms of the places where these products are applied and the associated purpose.
The determination of whether a product is a cosmetic product must be made on a case-by-case basis, taking into account all the characteristics of the product.
Cosmetic products may include, but are not limited to, creams, emulsions, lotions, gels and oils for skin care, face masks, make-up bases (liquids, pastes, powders), face powders, body powders, foot powders, toilet soaps, deodorant soaps, perfumes, toilet waters and colognes, bath and shower additives (salt, foam, oil, gel), hair removal products, deodorants and antiperspirants, hair coloring products, hair waving, smoothing and styling products, hair setting products, hair cleansing products (lotions, powders, shampoos), hair care products (lotions, creams, oils), hair styling products (lotions, varnish, brilliantine), shaving products (including pre- and post-treatment products), make-up and make-up removal products, lip care products and cosmetics, dental and oral care products, nail care products and cosmetics, products for external intimate care, sunscreen products, self-tanning products, skin bleaching products, anti-wrinkle products.
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