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Polyethylene Terephthalate occurs both as a transparent material and as a white, semi-crystalline material. In cosmetics and personal care products, Polyethylene Terephthalate is used in the formulation of foundations, leg and body paints, nail polish and enamels, and hair coloring products.
Polyethylene Terephthalate unites or bonds surfaces together and increases the thickness of the lipid (oil) portion of cosmetics and personal care products. Polyethylene Terephthalate also dries to form a thin coating on the skin, hair or nails and helps hair hold its style by inhibiting the hair's ability to absorb moisture.
Polyethylene Terephthalate is a resin used as a raw material in man-made fibers, such as polyester and food and beverage containers.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed the safety of Polyethylene Terephthalate and approved its use as an indirect food additive as a component of polymers having incidental contact with food.
Link to FDA Code of Federal Regulations for Polyethylene Terephthalate polymers
Polyethylene Terephthalate may be used in cosmetics and personal care products marketed in Europe according to the general provisions of the Cosmetics Regulation of the European Union.
Link to the EU Cosmetic Regulation: http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_p...
Polyethylene Terephthalate is an organic compound produced from terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol. In cosmetics and personal care products, Polyethylene Terephthalate functions as an adhesive, film former, hair fixative, and viscosity increasing agent - nonaqueous.
Find out more about the regulation of Food Additives by the Food and Drug Administration
Food Ingredients and Packaging: http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/default.htm
Food Contact Substances: http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/PackagingFCS/defaul...
Substances Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS): http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/GRAS/default.htm
Search the Code of Federal Regulations http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm
EU Cosmetics Inventory http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/
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