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Cosmeticsinfo.org is your source for information on cosmetics and personal care products—how they work, their safety, and the science behind their ingredients.  Maintained by expert scientists, cosmeticsinfo.org is a trusted site visited by millions each year. 

Cosmeticsinfo.org is an information Web site that includes factual, scientific information on ingredients most commonly used in cosmetics and personal care products in the United States. The Personal Care Products Council (the Council) and its member companies sponsor this Web site to provide consumers with easily accessible safety information about cosmetics and personal care products and to help educate the public.

This Web site contains information about the safety, testing, and regulation of cosmetics and personal care products and their ingredients. The site is divided into two primary sections; safety information pages and an ingredient database. Safety information pages give an overview of how cosmetics are regulated in the U.S. and abroad, components of cosmetic ingredient labeling, the authority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate cosmetics, and how companies evaluate the safety and efficacy of their products. Right now in laboratories across the country and around the world, experts in chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular modeling, engineering, formulation, toxicology  and other areas of expertise are at work evaluating ingredients and formulas for safety, quality, stability, purity, efficacy and performance.

Ingredient Information

By typing in an ingredient name into the ingredient database, you will find specific information on what an ingredient is and how it is used, as well as safety information on that ingredient with references to relevant and often independent, scientific and regulatory studies.With thousands of ingredients already listed on this site, consumers can find safety information for approximately 90% of all ingredients used in cosmetic and personal care products on the market today. Because of the large number of products on the market, new annual product launches, and rapid product innovation, there will be some ingredients, especially those used less often, that are not currently included in this site. However, our aim is to continue to add additional ingredients to the site until the vast majority of ingredients commonly used in cosmetic and personal care products are referenced.

Consumer Safety

As the makers of cosmetics and personal care products and ingredients, we take our commitment to providing consumers with the information they need to make informed choices about the products they purchase for themselves and their families very seriously. This site is designed to provide easy, consumer-friendly access to this information.We hope you will find this Web site useful as a valuable source of information to supplement the specific ingredient listings on the labels of every cosmetic and personal care product. We also hope you will use this site whenever you have a question or need additional information about an ingredient or personal care product.

Web site Sponsor

Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, the Council has more than 600 member companies that manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products and ingredients marketed in the U.S.  As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.