Our chemist explains: How to read a cosmetic product ingredient list, i.e. the INCI
Deciphering ingredient lists on cosmetic products can be like reading a book in a foreign language: impossible to understand the plot, but you may recognise a word or two. Keep reading for our chemist Jaana's tips on how to read ingredient lists, also known as INCIs - or why you maybe shouldn’t even bother trying!
Why do we need to list product ingredients and what's this INCI thing?
How do you read an INCI?
Spoiler alert: We list our ingredients according to percentage all the way. What you see is what you get.
Why should you read an INCI?
What should you keep in mind when reading an INCI?
There are no inherently bad or 'unclean' ingredients. None of the ingredients used in cosmetics are bad, evil, toxic or nasty. EU’s legislation ensures that all cosmetic products are safe to use. Some ingredients, however, may have a higher chance of causing irritation to sensitive and problem skin, while for others they are perfectly fine to use. So, don’t disregard a product only because someone told you that alcohol dries out the skin or that fragrance is the devil. Once again, formulation is the key!
Most importantly, don’t stress and repeat after us: formulation is the key. This naturally poses the issue of “how can I tell if it’s formulated well?”. Well, you can’t. The only real way of knowing if a product suits your skin (again, apart from your personal known allergens and irritants) is to try it out and see for yourself.
If you have any questions about the content of Laponie products, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have all ingredients listed and explained on all individual product pages, and in our Skin Blog you'll find even more on our ingredients. We're sort of big on them.