One of the main factors that determines whether a product is a cosmetic or therapeutic is the claims made about the product. Products are determined to be either ‘cosmetics’ or ‘therapeutic goods’ based on three factors.
We are often asked which chemicals are ‘allowed’ or ‘banned’ in Australia. Many people don’t realise that chemicals are regulated on a national level by 4 different government schemes, depending on the intended use of the chemical.
These chemicals are common additives in personal care, hygiene and cleaning products - and are regulated as industrial chemicals for these uses. This generally includes chemicals described as ‘natural’ and ‘organic’.