Labelling

Free from labelling: new rules and guidance

There is new guidance — or law, it’s not entirely clear which, and nobody seems able to provide a confident answer — coming into effect for cosmetics in the EU from July 2019 concerning ‘free from’ claims. You can see…
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Testing and judging at the FreeFrom Skincare Awards 2017

Every year, to some degree, the Free From Skincare Awards is a bit of a numbers game. Here are 2017’s: 264 entries (just a few shy of 2016’s total), 120 brands (54 of them first-time entrants), 94 testers, 14 categories, 14…
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An Absolute Champ!

They came … from Ireland; they saw … the Love Natural Love You Show, Janey Lee Grace, their fellow shortlisted candidates, and a lot more; they conquered …. the FreeFrom Skincare Awards! Many congratulations to the team from Kinvara Skincare – Fiona…
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Defending Free From … Again

‘Free From’ labelling is based on fear. So declared a cosmetics industry panel at a summit last year, as reported in Cosmetics Design Europe last month. No, we countered in response. ‘Free from’ messaging is vital to those with allergies, or…
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Where’s the real fear when it comes to ‘free from’ skincare?

‘Free-from claims are based on fear and should stop‘ reads the headline of a report from Cosmetics Design Europe, which is drawn from remarks made by an industry panel at a recent In-Cosmetics Summit meeting. Are they? I don’t read ‘free from animal derivatives’…
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How much ingredients information is too much?

Cosmetic Scientist Colin of Colin’s Beauty Pages has just posted a very interesting blog about an Australian brand’s particular product label. In it, he wonders about their marketing claims and imprecise use of the word chemical, but what interested us more…
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Gluten-free skincare – a mixed blessing?

A new range of gluten-free skincare has been launched by JASON, and we currently (as of May 2014) have a competition to win the complete set on our SkinsMatter.com site. We’ve already covered the issue of gluten in skincare products…
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Can it really be allergy free, ‘nasties’ free or chemical free?

One of our minor pet peeves at Skins Matter is manufacturers describing their products as ‘chemical free’. We’d been meaning to write a blog on this for a while, but planning and this month launching the Free From Skincare Awards…
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