Reading a list of ingredients, a complicated exercise?
Reading the INCI list of your ingredients is sometimes a real headache: complicated names, too long a list ... Drowned in too much information, how to navigate and how to know which products are essential and which are on the contrary harmful? BeautyMix answers your questions and wants to prove to you that a good product does not necessarily require a lot of ingredients ... Quality and simplicity are our watchwords!
What is the INCI list and how to decipher it?
First of all, what do these initials mean? International Nomenclature of Cosmetics Ingredients.
In other words, an international list that you will find on the packaging of your products, anywhere in Europe! The display of this list on your packaging is COMPULSORY in Europe since 1998. A very recent reform therefore!
You might panic seeing this one written mostly in Latin and English but that is due to the fact that, as said before, this list is international.
Ingredients written in Latin designate plant extracts . For example, the term "Simmondsia Chinensis", a botanical name for Jojoba, is used to refer to the oil produced from it.
The English terms are the molecules and the names usually used. For example, zinc oxide is written "Zinc Oxide".
Concerning the ingredients composing the perfume, they are grouped together under the name "Perfume" and are followed by allergens.
For dyes and pigments , they are designated by a Color Index recognizable in the INCI list by the initials C1, completed by five digits. The code Cl77491 denotes, for example, the iron oxide that is used in our lipstick recipes.
Polluting ingredients can also be identified by their name. If you come across products from petrochemicals , they will be named "Paraffinum Liquidum" or "Petrolatum".
Silicones also have names ending in -one: demithicone, cyclomethicone. These substances of synthetic origin are not very biodegradable.
Also, beware of derivatives of PEG (PolyEthylene Glycol), emulsifiers made by chemical reaction from harmful gases.
To recognize components from organic farming, trust the asterisks at the end of the ingredient in question.
The order of the list is also designed to present you with the ingredients in larger quantities in your product first, then in smaller quantities. In other words, your list is presented in descending order. When the ingredients are present at less than 1%, they can be indicated out of order and at the end of the list.
If you have doubts and difficulty deciphering or understanding the source of an ingredient, we strongly recommend the website of theCosmetics Observatory, which offers very specific answers about each of them. More recently, the applications Yuka, QuelCosmetic or even Inci Beauty in full expansion, offer to scan your cosmetic products and tell you if the composition is good or on the contrary rather bad.
What is the difference between so-called "conventional" and "natural" products?
Conventional cosmetic products can contain up to 95% ingredients of synthetic origin . Natural cosmetics must contain at least 95% to 100% plant ingredients from organic farming (Ecocert Cosmos Certified), 95% to 100% of the ingredients are of natural origin (Ecocert Cosmos Natural) and only 5% of synthetic origin from a small selection of non-toxic ingredients. In addition to applying the laws of the European health authorities like any product, they also apply the restrictions of organic labels. Knowing these quotas, it immediately gives you more desire to acquire products with a cleaner composition, better for your skin, and for the environment!
Among the list of unwanted ingredients to avoid, you find in particular:
The sillicones, easy to identify they generally end in -icone or - iloxane (their industrial process is very polluting and they are not biodegradable)
Mineral oils, the best known being Mineral Oil, Paraffinum Liquidum ...
And the list is still very long ...
Switch to natural products with BeautyMix
Whether as part of a specific routine or only occasionally, we all use cosmetic and hygiene products (lotion, cream, makeup remover, makeup ...). Indeed, our skin being permeable, our body absorbs a large amount of product. It is therefore better to ensure that these do not damage our skin!
Natural products are often very concentrated in plant active ingredients which are very effective, respectful of the skin and of the environment.
In other words, they contain NO synthetic ingredients and potential endocrine disruptors. They come from pure products , and generally come from organic cultures. This can obviously sometimes justify a higher price, but isn't it better to focus on quality?
At BeautyMix , we suggest you create your homemade cosmetic products usingingredients simple and natural . Our finished products are therefore impeccable in terms of composition and you become an actor in the products that you apply to your skin.
In particular, we offer natural oils such as sweet almond, hazelnut, sesame or carrot oil. From hydrolats floral such as rose, witch hazel or orange blossom. From texture agents just as natural as beeswax, glycerin and active ingredients which are also natural such as gel de lin for example.
An opportunity to switch to natural products and to the full satisfaction of homemade , made yourself . In addition, this alternative is economical compared to purchasing products alone because you only pay for the raw materials. Preparing your cream only costs you € 4, for example.
Opening our eyes to consumers and inviting them to turn to products that respect their skin and the environment is the challenge we have taken on.
So what are you waiting for? :)