Understanding the list of ingredients

When it comes to choosing a care product, it's important to take a look at the list of ingredients. In Canada, every cosmetic must have one on its packaging. In addition, manufacturers and suppliers must comply with certain typography and writing requirements in order to facilitate understanding for the consumer.


What you need to know first is that the ingredients in a product are listed in order of importance, depending on their concentration by weight. Those placed at the top of the list are present in greater quantity, while the lower they are, the less they are present. Logically, the most important ingredients of a product should be as high as possible, while those that have the potential to be irritating (preservatives, fragrance, etc.) should be as low as possible. The ingredients whose concentration is less than 1% can however be inscribed in the disorder, after, of course, those that are greater than 1%.

It is also important to mention that the names of the ingredients are listed, inter alia, according to the INCI nomenclature (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients). The latter was created in 1973, to be subsequently adopted by several countries, including Europe, Japan, the United States and partly Canada. This is very convenient because it makes it easier to find yourself when buying a foreign product.

Another interesting point to note is that there is no obligation to indicate which substances constitute a fragrance (perfume). The latter can be indicated simply by the word perfume or perfume / fragrance. This causes a serious problem for consumers who want to know what the product is actually made of, and so be cautious when buying fragrances. There are many online resources that can guide you as to which ingredients to proscribe and which ones to consider. Online ingredient dictionaries are wonderful to make an informed choice. It is sufficient to write the INCI name of the said ingredient and a detailed list explains its usefulness and the risks associated with it. Even if at the beginning the work is arduous, you will arrive in time to retain the ingredients that are to be banished and those that are best suited for your needs!




















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