Labelling Requirements

SUMMARY

Labelling Requirement Label Outer packaging (Retail Box)
Name & Address of the Responsible Person Yes Yes
Product name Yes Yes
Ingredient list (inci) Yes Yes
Period after opening (PAO) Yes Yes
Warnings Yes Yes
Batch code Yes Yes
Function of production Yes Yes
Volume e.g. 50ml e 1.7fl.oz Yes Yes

** if no retail box then the ingredient list must be stated on the product label.

In more detail: For cosmetic products being sold within the EU, the following information must be included on the label or packaging;

  • What the product is
  • A batch number so the product can be identified. The batch number is based on the invoice number, therefore, this will be provided when order is placed.
  • The period after opening to indicate how long the product can be kept. The expiry date not needed as the shelf life of all our products is 30 months.

Closed container: 12months PAO
Open container (Jar): 6 Months PAO

  • The nominal net weight
  • Safety warnings
  • The name & address of the Company or Responsible Person that the product is being sold under
  • An ingredients list (INCI) in decreasing order of weight (the ingredients for each product are displayed in this manner on our PIF summaries)
  • The Country of origin, for products imported into the EU.

A closer look at ingredients

Due to the different languages and terms used across the EU, there are regulations on how certain types of ingredients must be displayed;

  • Ingredients have to follow a standard terminology so there is consistency between different brands and this is set in the International Nomenclature for Cosmetics Ingredients (INCI). All INCI names can be found on the PIF summaries on our website on each product page. INCI names for extracts /essential oils can be found here.
  • ‘Parfum’ can be used to indicate the presence of a perfume
  • ‘Aroma’ can be used to indicate the presence of a flavor [lip products]
  • For ingredients that are in concentrations of less than 1%, they can be listed in any order after all other ingredients
  • If there is an addition of a fragrance there may be allergens that are associated with these. Allergens must clearly be stated on the product. All allergens can be found on each fragrance oil or essential oil here.
  • Common names may be used eg. water, as detailed in the European Pharmacopoeia but are not needed

Should you be sending artwork over to us we require it to have;

  • Font Size: We would always advise a minimum font size of 4pt
  • Bleed: 3mm