Cosmetic Label Checklist



I have a hate and love relationship with¬†labels. I love sleek simple design but when it comes to decide on my labels and to fit all the stuff I think has to be on the label it just look ūüė¶

And than you realize you forgot some of the legal stuff. After fighting with this for years and the new legislation changes I finally managed to prepare a label checklist.

The list might not be complete for all legislations but I tried to adhere to the new EU legislation as close as possible. If you see an error or think some additions might benefit others leave me a note and I’ll revise the document.

Just have a look into the freebie section and enjoy.

Main Skin Care Product Categories

skin-care-products-categoriesAll skin and body care products fit in one of this two categories and the differentiating thing is plain, simple water. But it might not be the way you think.

Rinse off – Leave on

Yep, this is it. Before we have a look at why to know what kind of product you want to make, let’s sort our products.

Leave On Products

This are all products intended to stay on the skin (for a prolonged time).

  • Moisturisers
  • Tonics and Waters
  • Deodorants/Anti-Transpirants
  • Colour cosmetics
  • Serums & Capsules/Ampoules

Rinse Off Products

Like the name says, this are the products which are rinsed off after application.

  • Face and Body Cleansers
  • Scrubs
  • Bubble Bath/Oil
  • Shampoos
  • Conditioners

Some rinse off products might be also considered leave on products because they are intended to stay in direct skin contact for a longer time before being rinsed off or because they might be swallowed.

  • Hair Treatment¬†Oils
  • Hair Styling Products
  • Body Masks and Wraps
  • Face Masks
  • Tooth Pastes and Mouth Washes

So, why do we have to know what category my product falls in.

  • The type and amount of fragrance and essential oils is determined by the intended use.
  • Also the type and amount of colorant has to be considered.
  • Not all preservative (systems) are considered save or effective in all types of products.
  • Also your choice of packaging is affected by the way it will be used.

Just on a side note, products which come in direct contact with the eye or lips/mouth, are even more restricted in their choice of fragrance, colorant and preservative.

My TOP 3 Skin Care Blogs


When I do look for new product ideas or informations about how stuff works I always tent to look first at this 3 blogs.

  1. For total beginners and also people interested in soap making, Anne-Marie’s blog is the place to go.
  2. For a nice mixture of reviews of skin care products and explanations on how ingredients and for example exfoliants work have a look at Michelle’s¬†¬†website
  3. And for the whole¬†nine yards of cosmetic chemistry info Susan’s Point of Interest blog is waiting for you. But be warned this is cosmetic science at its best.

I am sure there are a lot of other blogs and websites out there. Did I overlook your favourite one? Please leave a link and why you love it as a comment.