Monday, 13 May 2013

Beauty Product Labels: Do you know what they mean!?*

Whether it be a can of hairspray or a tube of foundation, us women spend £100's every year on Beauty Products to help us keep ourselves looking and feeling good, but do you really know what is in all that stuff you buy!? 
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I for one, don't have the foggiest when it comes to reading labels on packaging let alone symbols on beauty products. Unless it states in big bold letters 'ORGANIC' or 'FRAGRANCE FREE' then I won't really know what to look for. Even when these massive words stand out on a product, it's not always the truth. 
For a product to be 'fragrance free' it should state that exactly. Not 'un-scented' or 'no perfume'. People get mixed up with this along with many other things when it comes to looking at what beauty products contain or don't contain. Beauty products all have a list of requirements that need to be met when it comes to labelling - just the same as food does. You wouldn't buy a meal that may contain nuts if you were allergic to them without looking for the warning, would you!? 
Below is a list of popular labels that you will find on most beauty products stashed in your cupboard - take a look at the logos and see if you knew what they meant. I can bet you didn't and you'll be scurrying off to check all your favourites to make sure they do what they are telling you! 
Organic / Natural
A product can flag that it contains organic ingredients if they amount to 70% or more of the total formula - although they can't claim that the overall product is 'organic'. The symbol below will appear if the product is in anyway Organic. 

EU Standards
The 'e' symbol refers to the net contents - the amount of product in the package. The logo is a guarantee that the quantity of the product printed on the packaging is correct, according to EU standards.


 The Green Dot symbol is a hallmark of European legislation that refers to waste management but has no legal meaning in the UK (it will be on your packaging if the manufacturer uses a global design but under UK law it's redundant). If your product has any of the following, the packaging can be recycled. 

Period after opening - (PAO)
The 'lid' symbol indicates the recommended number of months within which the product should be used after it's first opened (24M - 24 months / 2 years). Cosmetic products that have a lifespan of less than 30 months must show a 'best before end of' date - this may be shown as the 'egg timer' symbol, followed by the date.

Ingredients legally have to be listed on either the outer packaging, carton or tube, jar or bottle - in descending order of concentration. Due to the range of shades in lipsticks and make-up, colours are listed together at the end of an ingredients list.

This logo will be found when used to describe products that cause or are claimed to cause fewer allergic reactions and have been dermatologically tested and provide given results. Caution should still be taken when using Hypoallergenic products though and the ingredients list always referred to. 

Animal testing
The Leaping Bunny Logo is the only internationally recognized logo guaranteeing consumers that no animal tests were used in the development/production of any product carrying the Logo as of a fixed cut-off date.

So, after seeing these labels, do any stand out to you? Did you recognise any of them and know what they meant already?! 

Go and grab your favourite foundation and moisturiser and see what labels are on them!