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Cosmetics Ingredients
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Cosmetics Ingredients

Part I: The Use of Colorants in Decorative Cosmetics

SpecialChem / Nick Morante – Aug 10, 2006

What color lipstick should I buy to match my new dress? Well the answer is RED! But what shade of red? The world of cosmetic colors goes far beyond red and is very diverse. There are many different types of colorants used in many different applications. There are inorganic colors which, for the most part, are natural and of mineral origin and there are organic colorants which are mostly synthetic. There are also some natural organic colorants but these are very few. Organic colorants are brighter and more intense than inorganic colorants, but inorganic colorants exhibit much better stability parameters than organic colorants. In the United States, there is a positive list for all colorants used in foods, drugs and cosmetics. The positive list contains all inorganic colorants which are exempt from certification, and the synthetic organic colorants. Synthetic organic colorants come under strict government control by the United States Food and Drug Administration. They must be certified in accordance with the United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR 21, Parts 72, 73 and 82).

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