The European trade association for the cosmetics and personal care industry has launched COSMILE Europe, a database designed to help consumers easily find information on cosmetic ingredients used in Europea.

Currently available in 14 languages [1], the database provides information on almost 30,000 ingredients used in cosmetics. It includes information on ingredient properties, their function, whether they are man-made and/or of natural origin and in which types of products they can be found. Details on possible controversies are also provided with links to official assessments where they are accessible to the public.

The cosmetic ingredient information in the COSMILE Europe database can be searched by common ingredient names or INCI names [2], or by group of substances or product type.

There’s a deluge of information on cosmetics on the internet and it can be difficult to know which sources are reliable. The European cosmetics and personal care industry wants to provide European citizens with a simple way to access reliable, verified and scientifically supported information on cosmetics ingredients,” said John Chave, Director General of Cosmetics Europe.

A Cosmetics Europe initiative, the COSMILE Europe database has been developed in partnership with IKW, the German Cosmetic, Toiletry, Perfumery and Detergent Association, in collaboration with France’s FEBEA (Fédération des entreprises de la beauté) and with the technological development support of health&media GmbH.

To search the ingredient database, visit