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Part II: The Use of Colorants in Decorative Cosmetics

SpecialChem / Nick Morante – Aug 30, 2006

So you bought that dress and still don't know what color lipstick to wear with it. Maybe if we give you a list of colorants, you can see what is available to make that new shade of lipstick. Fresh Face With a fairly complete list of colorants available to the cosmetics formulator, a very wide variety of decorative products can be produced. Depending on the market a product is to be sold in, only certain colorants can be used in certain applications. The individual regulatory restrictions for each country must be strictly adhered to. A formulator must be familiar with all these worldwide regulations. The following list shows the most widely used synthetic organic colorants and their permitted uses in various cosmetic applications. This list is for colorants used in the United States only. The following list shows some of the international names of the most common colorants used in decorative cosmetics (not all are listed). Shown are the names for the same colorants in the United States, EU and Japanese Markets. The next list shows various inorganic colorants and color additives that are available to formulate a wide range of products.

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