Sunday, August 30, 2015

International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient List

We all need soap.
Many soap-makers list soap ingredients on each bar of soap and use the International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient List, or standards for listing all ingredients.  It is for cosmetics.  Soap is not a cosmetic unless we make a claim on the soap.  For example if I state my activated charcoal soap cures all pimples and heals complexions. Even if I know charcoal is good for detoxing the skin and drawing out impurities, I can't state that it clears pimples unless I want it considered as a cosmetic and then the ingredients are required to be listed by from the INCI list.  I don't make claims on my soap.  I try to state that it may react on everyone differently.  I may say that other people have found it to be good soap for fighting acne.  This is not a claim that it cures anything.

To show an example of INCI lists, I will place one soap ingredient list that has all ingredients listed in readable English.  The ingredient list after that will be the ingredients listed with the INCI list.

Soap Ingredients:  Coconut oil, raw cow milk, castor oil,  water, sunflower oil, lye, kokum butter, organic shea butter, fragrance, 2 farm fresh eggs, mica, rose petal powder, titanium dioxide, ROE, sunflower petals, blackberry seeds.  

INCI Ingredient t Names:  Sodium Cocoate (coconut oil), Raw Cow Milk, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Water (Aqua), Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil,  Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH), Garcinia Indica (Kokum) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), 2 Farm Fresh eggs (eggs), Mica, Titanium Dioxide and Carmine, Helianth Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Petal Powder, Titanium Doxide (Titanium Dioxide), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, us Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Petals,  Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry) Seeds.

Even though you can figure out many of the ingredients from the INCI list, I like to give the customer an easier way to find out what ingredients are in my soaps.  I have many allergies and I like to read what something has in it so I can avoid hives.  

What would you rather read?

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