Demystifying Cosmetic Ingredients: The Power of INCI Names and the COSMILE Europe Database

In the world of skincare and beauty products, the list of ingredients on the back of your favourite lotion or shampoo can often resemble a series of cryptic codes. What exactly are these ingredients, and how do they relate to generic names?

Understanding these INCI names (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) can be a daunting task for the average consumer. However, the launch of the COSMILE Europe app provides accessible information on cosmetic ingredients, allowing consumers to be better informed about the products they are using.

COSMILE Europe Database

The COSMILE Europe app offers consumers a convenient entry point to the COSMILE Europe database, which was launched in February this year. The COSMILE Europe database, currently available in 8 languages, is a tool designed to bridge the gap in understanding between consumers and the complex world of cosmetic ingredients. The database aims to empower consumers by providing them with the means to unravel the mysteries behind those scientific-sounding names, discover the properties of each ingredient, and understand why they have been meticulously chosen for your favourite products.

How many times have you stood in a supermarket trying to decipher which shampoo is best for you? Nearly every time, right? Unless you have already navigated the cosmetics world, to which I salute you… However, for most consumers, one of the major challenges they face when selecting cosmetic products is the disparity between the common name used on product labels and the INCI name assigned to the ingredient. Take shea butter, for instance. While it’s a widely recognised term, the INCI name ‘butyrospermum parkii butter’ might not ring a bell for most. This is just an example of where COSMILE Europe may save you valuable time on your weekly shop. The database can also provide detailed insights into the properties of any ingredient, such as shea butter, explaining why it’s a prized component in cosmetics.

With the COSMILE Europe app, consumers are empowered to make informed choices. You can explore the database to find out not only what’s in your favourite products but also why those ingredients have been chosen. It’s a valuable resource for anyone curious about the science behind cosmetics, giving you the confidence to navigate the world of cosmetic ingredients with ease. It is an extremely user-friendly platform, that opens up a world of information, allowing you to easily search for and understand the ingredients in your cosmetic products.

As the beauty industry continues to evolve, the COSMILE Europe database stands as a beacon of transparency, making cosmetic ingredients accessible and understandable for all. Explore the COSMILE Europe app and unravel the secrets of your skincare routine. The app is available in both the Apple Store and Google Play Store.

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