What is the INCI list?
This is the list of cosmetic ingredients that make up a product. Under this somewhat barbaric abbreviation hides a lot of information necessary to understand the composition.
INCI stands for “International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients”, the international nomenclature for cosmetic ingredients.
According to a European Directive, manufacturers of cosmetic products are required to display the list of ingredients for each product on its packaging. The compounds are mentioned in Latin or English, which facilitates decryption around the world.
Please note: INCI sets out the complete list of compounds contained in a cosmetic in descending order. So, if the list starts with ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, it is that Argan vegetable oil is the most common ingredient. In general, the 5 or 6 ingredients listed first represent more than 70% of the total product. However, the INCI list will never give the exact quantity contained and the% of each ingredient.