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means (under section 9 of the Industrial Chemicals Act 2019):

  1. a substance or preparation intended for placement in contact with any external part of the human body, including:
    1. the mucous membranes of the oral cavity; and 
    2. the teeth with a view to:
    3. altering the odours of the body; or 
    4. changing its appearance; or
    5. cleansing it; or
    6. maintaining it in good condition; or
    7. perfuming it; or
    8. protecting it; or
  2. a substance or preparation prescribed by the rules for the purposes of this paragraph but does not include: 
  • a therapeutic good within the meaning of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989; or 
  • a substance or preparation prescribed by the rules for the purposes of this paragraph.

Note: An ingredient or component of a cosmetic could be an industrial chemical.

Examples of cosmetics

Body, bath and personal care products

  • soap
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • anti-dandruff shampoo presented as controlling or preventing dandruff only through cleansing, moisturising, exfoliating or drying the scalp
  • 'bath bombs'
  • hair dye
  • perfume and body fragrance spray
  • nail polish
  • deodorant
  • antiperspirant that derives its antiperspirant properties from inorganic salts of aluminium, zinc or zirconium only
  • denture adhesive when advertised or supplied to the users of the product
  • mouth wash only claiming to improve oral hygiene, including the prevention of tooth decay, with no ingredients in Schedules 2, 3, 4 or 8 of the Poisons Standard
  • tooth whitening strips
  • topical preparations to harden finger nails

Eye make up

  • mascara
  • eyeshadow
  • eyeliner
  • eyebrow pencils and gels
  • eyelash adhesive

Face and body make up

  • blush
  • bronzer
  • foundation
  • concealer
  • primer

Skincare products

  • moisturiser
  • body lotion
  • eye cream
  • face cream
  • masks

Lip products

  • lipstick
  • lip balm
  • lip gloss

More information

Cosmetics and soap

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