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How to read cosmetic labels


The increasing awareness for the list of ingredients in food and cosmetics often leads to the fact that many times before we load the product into the shopping basket we stand and try to read the list of ingredients. Usually, in cosmetic products the list is in Old Latin and in the terminology of the world of chemistry, which increases the sense of confusion and misunderstanding. In this article we will try to explain a little about how to read the list of ingredients in cosmetics.

Every cosmetic product on the market must have a list of ingredients on its label

The components appear in descending order of concentration in the product. Thus, the first ingredient listed in the list is found in the product in the largest quantity and the last in the smallest quantity - up to a percentage of the product. Ingridients less then 1% are the last and the order is not mandatory. Many of the ingredient lists of cosmetic products are in old Latin, in accordance with the world standards per the INCI list. (the International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients(

Usually the botanical name of medicinal herbs is accompanied by the popular name of the plant and can be identified. In the case of man-made substances the name is the chemical name of the molecule.
With all the information available on the Internet today it is very easy make brief examination to identify the ingredients in one or two cosmetic products. Then because many products in the market are similar in composition except for different odor and color substances it is very easy to identify many of them already on the shelf. There is a lot of  information on the known effects of many of the ingredients that make up natural and non-natural cosmetics. There are tens of thousands of substances added to cosmetics and natural cosmetics so we can not list them all but a few preliminary recommendations:

  1. Start at the end of the cosmetic product list - where the preservatives are listed and try to avoid the following substances: Paraben, DMDM Hydantion, Imidsazolidinyl urea, methylchlorosothiazolinone, triclosan, triethanolamine (TEA). Parabens affect the hormonal system.
  2. Water - When water appears as a major component in creams (as opposed to soap), preservatives must be present in this product even if they do not appear clearly in the list. Not all preservatives are required according to the regulation to be detailed, especially if they are below a certain percentage of the cosmetic product.
  3. Try to avoid products containing their name -eth in the middle (such as sodium laureth sulfate - SLS and the like) or alternatively in creams that begin with PEG such as polyethylene glycol. These substances are irritants and may cause various skin problems.
  4. Finally, go through the middle of the list in the cosmetic product. Here you can find some common but not necessary ingredients that can increase your risk. Look for the label "FRAGRANCE", "FD & C", OR "D & C". Many of the are Known as allergenic.


Over time, there is great importance and close connection between the cosmetics we use and our health and environment. For beautiful labels and big promises of well-known cosmetic companies, it must be taken into account that only the list of ingredients really determines which product we are dealing with. There is nothing like learning and getting acquainted with at least some of the materials in order to make a preliminary and basic classification between the products we want to use and those we will try to minimize.

Marking the products in Lavender

In all of our packaging you will find the list of ingredients in Hebrew and also in clear english, out of a belief in the products we produce and with full transparency, the list of components of our products is clearly and openly shown in readable language. So each customer can know exactly what the product contains and know what it uses without the need for a magnifying glass or a chemical dictionary.

All written on the site is based on the opinion of the writers and their best experience and is not a substitute for a medical opinion.
In building the tips we have used a lot in the article of the EWG-

A little on: How to read cosmetic labels

Standing awkwardly in front of the endless list of cosmetics? This article will help you understand the list of ingredients, how to read it and especially what to watch out for! Even when the front of the product says "natural" you should check the label.
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