Our Industry

"All of us use cosmetics on a daily basis. They are not only essential to keep us clean, but to give us confidence in ourselves and in how we interact with others. The cosmetics industry is committed to developing sustainable, innovative products which meet our consumers´ needs and demands"

Dr Emma Meredith, Director-General, CTPA


What Do We Mean By 'Cosmetics'?

Credit: Cosmetics Europe

UK/EU Legal Definition:

'A 'cosmetic product' shall mean any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the various external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucus membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to... clean, protect, perfume, change appearance, correct body odour, keep in good condition.'

Cosmetic products can be divided into five main categories:

  • perfumes and fragrances
  • decorative cosmetics (make-up)
  • skin care
  • hair care
  • toiletries