International Cosmetic Ingredient

Dictionary & Handbook

16th Edition, 2016

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The 16th edition of the International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook, which now contains over 7000 pages, provides the most comprehensive listing of ingredients used in cosmetic and personal care products. The combined Dictionary and Handbook contain more than 22,600 monographs of International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI) labelling names and over 1600 new INCI names since the last edition. These names are cross-referenced to more than 70,200 trade and technical names and 4,919 suppliers from 148 countries.

This publication is essential for all involved in formulating, labelling or marketing cosmetics and personal care products anywhere in the world. It contains the INCI names that are officially recognized in the United States, the European Union, and other countries, and is therefore the controlling compendium to be used by manufacturers preparing ingredient labels for their cosmetic and personal care product packaging.

Background to the Personal Care Products Council and the International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary

The trade society now known as the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) was, before 2008, known as the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA). The society was first organized in 1894, and was known from 1935 until 1971 as the Toilet Goods Association.  Its task was to look after the interests of the Association’s members, and in the 1940s it developed standards for cosmetic ingredients. Later, it generated a comprehensive list of cosmetic ingredients and distributed a master list, compiled from the memories of 20 companies in response to a request by CTFA, which was then sent to all CTFA members for comment. Eventually, under the chairmanship of James Akerson, CTFA was able to publish the first edition of the CTFA Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary in 1973. It consisted of just over 250 pages.

The first edition became recognized officially in the USA as the controlling compendium to be used by manufacturers in preparing ingredient labels for their products. When the fourth edition was published in 1991, CTFA acknowledged its growing international popularity, particularly in those countries considering labelling legislation, and so changed the title to the CTFA International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary. Now, combined with the Handbook, which had previously been published separately, the compilation has become the standard reference on ingredient names for cosmetic companies throughout the world.