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Colorants Used in the Japanese Market

SpecialChem / Nick Morante – Nov 8, 2007

Natural colorants are slowly replacing synthetic dyes and lakes in the Japanese cosmetics and personal care market as they are in the European Union. Not so much in the United States because of the current color additive laws that are in place. Ingredients can be used but cannot be claimed as colorants. In Japan, the use of natural colorants is very similar to that of the European Union. For example, Phycocyanin, a glue-green pigment derived from an algae, is used as a colorant in food such as chewing gums, dairy products, jellies, etc., and cosmetics such as lipstick and eyeliners in Japan. It is very similar to carotenoids and chlorophylls and can be used in cosmetics in the European Union without restriction. Japan and the European Union share a lot of regulations when it comes to color additives. One major difference is the naming system Japan has for colorants. But when it comes to synthetic dyes and lakes, Japan also has a very large selection, as we will show. The listing for other colorants used in Japan is very much the same as what is shown above.

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