(International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients)

Here in the United States it is still permissible to use the 2nd Edition CTFA Ingredient Dictionary INCI names. There are currently 11 editions and until the FDA officially adopts the later version (or any of the other versions) we are technically free to use names from the 2nd to the 11th, including mixing and matching if we choose.


As formulators we should consider our intended market and always remember to label correctly. More and more ingredients are being added to our tally of raw material every day. Correct labeling is one way we, as small formulators, have to protect and educate our clients. We are all faced with new developments, changing trends, and rising costs. Our clients want to know what they are buying or really – “what’s in this stuff?”


Fragrance Laboratory encourages you to learn about labeling laws and to use the INCI nomenclature in your product descriptions.



FDA - Code of Federal Regulations Title 21