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There are more than 500 million people living in the EU and most (if not all) will use a minimum  of 5-7 cosmetic products on a daily basis.  Cosmetic products form an important part of people’s daily routine.  Whether for personal hygiene or simply to feel good about the way you look, there is a wide choice to suit every lifestyle, fashion wish and pocket. From daily necessities such as toothpaste, soap, shampoo and deodorant to moisturiser, make-up, sun protection, fragrance and personal care products, it is the cosmetic industry’s number one priority to ensure that people can be confident in the safety and efficacy of their products.  

To help you understand more about the cosmetics industry, this section contains information on the way cosmetics are regulated, the size of the market and interesting key facts about cosmetic usage over the years.

The cosmetics industry also uses its knowledge to help educate young people about science with a dedicated free online resource called CATIE as well as supporting the MSc Cosmetic Science course at the London College of Fashion and various courses run by the Society of Cosmetic Scientists.

Sustainability is a key area for all businesses and the cosmetics industry is no exception.   See our showcase of Sustainability in Action where specific case studies can be viewed and read more about what counts towards sustainability.

If you still have questions about cosmetics, then please visit our consumer website at where you can find clear factual information about the science behind cosmetics, useful tips for usage, topical news and a reference section ‘What’s in my cosmetic’.