Have you ever wondered what is the meaning of all those symbols that are in the packaging of your cosmetics? These illustrations that often we do not understand, tell us, how long can we use our cosmetics, if these products comply with safety regulations, the risks involved in their use, how much content do it have, how it is manufactured, etc.
Below, we will provide you with a short guide with the meaning of the most common and relevant cosmetic packaging symbols:
This “e” tells us about the net contentof the product and guarantees that the package contains exactly the amount indicated on the label, it can be indicated in milliliters (ml) or in ounces (oz).
Period-after-opening symbol: This symbol indicates the months during which we can use the cosmetic safely after having opened it.
Best Before End Date: This symbol is used when a cosmetic product has a duration of less than 30 months, regardless if it has been opened or not.
The first symbol (the triangle of three arrows) proves that the packaging can be recycled. The second (the circle with two arrows) does not indicate that the packaging can be recycled, but that the manufacturing company has complied with the legislation that guarantees that the materials used in its manufacture do not harm the environment. The third, encourages us to dispose of waste properly and to be environmentally responsible.
These symbols indicate that the cosmetic that we are using contains protection against UVA and UVB radiation. These symbols are usually accompanied by a number with the + sign which is the sun protection factor (SPF).
It should be noted that manufacturers are required to indicate the complete list of ingredients of a product. If the size of the packaging does not fit all, it must be indicated in an interior brochure.