Cosmetics and toiletry products are used on any external part of the body, including the mouth and teeth. These products are used to:
cleanse, perfume or protect the body
alter body odours
change the appearance of the body
maintain the body in good condition.
Consumer labelling of ingredients on cosmetics and toiletries such as make-up, deodorant or moisturiser usually appears on the packaging or outer casing of the product.
This labelling is important for consumers who have sensitive skin or allergic reactions. If ingredient labels are not present or are inaccurate, a consumer can expose themselves to ingredients that may cause harmful allergic reactions.
To minimise this risk, a mandatory standard exists for Cosmetics and toiletries ingredient labelling.
The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) also has a cosmetic standard that you can view on the NICNAS website.