This clip presents the definition of cosmetic products in the EU and which products are considered to be cosmetic products in the EU.
Cosmetic products definition in the EU is provided in the EU cosmetics regulation 1223/2009: "'cosmetic product' means any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours;"
Besides giving the definition, the cosmetics regulation also lists some categories of cosmetic products. These are: creams, emulsions, lotions, gels and oils for the skin, face masks, tinted bases, make-up powders, after-bath powders, hygienic powders, toilet soaps, deodorant soaps, perfumes, bath and shower preparations, toilet waters and eau de cologne, depilatories, deodorants and anti-perspirants, hair colorants, hair setting products, products for waiving, straightening and fixing hair, hair cleansing products, hair conditioning products, hairdressing products, shaving products, make-up products and products removing make-up, products intended for application to the lips, products for care of the teeth and the mouth, products for nail care and make-up, products for external intimate hygiene, sunbathing products, skin-whitening products, anti-wrinkle products.
Products intended to be ingested, inhaled, injected or implanted into the human body do not fall under the definition of cosmetics.
Cosmetic products should also conform with the requirements regarding prohibited substances, restricted substances, colorants, preservatives and UV filters, and claims made for cosmetic products should be in line with the definition of the cosmetic products in the EU as written above.
If a product has properties of cosmetic products as well as certain other types of products, it's called a borderline product, and in that case a case-by-case assessment has to be made to determine which legislation this product has to comply with.