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Labelling cosmetic products

Cosmetics and personal care articles are products that are intended to be applied to the body. It is therefore essential that the information displayed on the label of such products is as clear and complete as possible for the consumer.
In cosmetic, the label is defined as a printed, written or graphic display of information directly affixed to or appearing on the container. Correct labelling of a cosmetic product is also the key to avoiding problems for manufacturers with regulatory authorities.

All the constraints that the product may face must be considered when labelling a cosmetic product.
These labels must meet specific criteria such as resistance to:
  • Manipulations
  • Water
  • Abrasion
  • Fragrance
  • Chemicals
  • Oils

All these elements could erase the required and crucial information printed on the cosmetic label. The use of a suitable ink for printing on cosmetic packaging labels helps manufacturers to cope with these constraints.

Cosmetic labels regulation

In the United States, cosmetics are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which requires the following information to be displayed on the label:

  • Identity of the product
  • Net contents
  • Ingredient declaration
  • Warning labels for specific products: tanning products without sunscreen, feminine deodorant sprays, cosmetics aerosols, products containing alpha hydroxy acids and bubble bath.

A misbranded cosmetic (false or misleading printed label) cannot be sold.

According to the EU Cosmetics Regulation, information on the label should be “indelible, easily legible and visible lettering”. Country of origin, batch number, date of minimum durability (DOMD) & Period after opening (PAO) should also be printed on the label in addition to the US cosmetic labeling requirements listed above.

There are specific ASEAN cosmetic labeling requirements to which manufacturers must pay attention to market a product in Asia.



Thermal Transfer printing technology for cosmetic labels

Thermal transfer is a technology renowned for the quality, fineness and precision of its printing. In the cosmetics labeling industry, this notion is even more important as the aesthetics of the product is essential. Indeed, the label affixed must be perfectly legible and not distort the design of the product.

One of the main advantages of Thermal Transfer technology is the printing of variable information on a single packaging or production line. This personalization of labels in a unitary way (barcode, batch number), is a real advantage to avoid stocks of pre-printed cosmetic bottle labels.

Manufacturers can rely on ARMOR range of Thermal Transfer ribbons which offers several solutions to respond to demanding constraints in terms of quality, durability and legislative criteria.

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Our products can meet the following certifications :

  • Food Contact Europe

  • Food Contact USA

  • Heavy Metals

  • Halogens


  • California Proposition 65

  • Drug Master File

  • Print durability (UL)

  • Marine shipping (BS5609)

  • Print durability (UL) Pending

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