The International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients, abbreviated INCI, is a system of names for waxes, oils, pigments, chemicals, and other ingredients of soaps, cosmetics, and the like, based on scientific names and other Latin and English words. INCI names often differ greatly from systematic chemical nomenclature or from more common trivial names.
- 1 Table of common names
- 2 INCI labeling
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Table of common names
Here is a table of several common names and their corresponding INCI names.
* Some common names and INCI names are the same name.
In the U.S., under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, certain accurate information is a requirement to appear on labels of cosmetic products. In Canada, the regulatory guideline is the Cosmetic Regulations. Ingredient names must comply by law with EU requirements by using INCI names.
The cosmetic regulation laws are enforceable for important consumer safety. For example, the ingredients are listed on the ingredient declaration for the purchaser to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction to an ingredient the user has had an allergy to before. INCI names are mandated on the ingredient statement of every consumer personal care product. The INCI system allows the consumer to identify the ingredient content. In the U.S., true soaps (as defined by the FDA) are specifically exempted from INCI labeling requirements as cosmetics per FDA regulation.
- Ingredients of cosmetics
- Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA)
- Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
- European Commission: Cosmetic Ingredients Database
- FDA: Labeling Claims
- FDA: Cosmetic Labeling Guide