INCI names

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INCI names indicate the ingredients of cosmetic products
According to the legislation, all cosmetic products must include a list of ingredients which indicates the ingredients used in the product. The ingredients list must be preceded by the word ‘Ingredients’ and the individual ingredients must be listed by using their international INCI name (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients), if such name exists. If the ingredient does not have an INCI name, it must be indicated with its code number or common name. Ingredients of plant origin are indicated by using their scientific name, part of the plant and type of ingredient (e.g. oil), for example, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil.

The list of ingredients is established in descending order of weight, i.e. so that the ingredient that is used in the greatest amount is the first one in the list.


Name in English INCI name
Lanolin Lanolin
Fragrance mixture Parfum
Wheat germ oil Triticum vulgare