Cosmetic and personal care products companies take the science of safety very seriously. The entire cosmetics and personal care products business is driven by positive consumer experiences — safety, and the science behind that safety, is part of that positive experience. The development of a new cosmetic or personal care product involves numerous scientific disciplines and multiple areas of expertise, including chemistry and biochemistry, microbiology, molecular modeling, engineering, formulation science, packaging science and quality assurance. Extensive testing to ensure safety and quality is conducted throughout the product development cycle. The process of determining the safety of a cosmetic or personal care product is complex and multi-tiered and requires constant and ongoing assessment of the latest toxicological and medical literature and safety evaluation techniques.
Every cosmetic and personal care product is a combination of ingredients. The careful selection of safe and well-researched ingredients is a primary consideration in ensuring the safety of finished cosmetic and personal care products. The first step in the evaluation of the safety of a finished cosmetic product is to review the complete safety information on all of the ingredients it contains.
The following information addresses the detailed scientific examinations and processes that go into the development of cosmetics and personal care products.