Cosmetics Law

Beauty isn’t everything. To ensure that your health doesn’t suffer for beauty, cosmetics law regulates what isn’t allowed in your lipstick.


Although Cosmetics Law is a part of Food Law, it is largely regulated by the EU-Regulation on cosmetic products.

A cosmetic product is any substance intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (e.g. epidermis, hair, nails, etc., or teeth or mucous membranes of the oral cavity, with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours.

The EU-Regulation on cosmetic products restricts the use of certain substances in cosmetic products, or prohibits these completely. Just like food, cosmetic products must be labelled with certain information.