Certain groups of cosmetic ingredients are sometimes critically discussed. COSMILE conveys facts from a scientific point of view.

The editorial staff of COSMILE takes up these topics, not in order to evaluate, but to make a contribution to consumer education and to provide further basic information from a scientific perspective:


Spotlight: Fragrances and fragrance mixtures in cosmetic products, often referred to as perfume, are critically debated because they can cause allergies.

Mineral oils

Spotlight: Ingredients of cosmetic products which are based on mineral oil are criticised with a view to so-called saturated hydrocarbons (“MOSH”) and aromatic hydrocarbon compounds (“MOAH”).

Parabens (preservatives)

Spotlight: Parabens are used as preservatives in cosmetic products to prevent the propagation of bacteria and fungi (germs) – in particular if the products contain water. Their use in cosmetic products was associated during the past years with undesirable effects on health.


Spotlight: In the discussion about “microplastics“ a distinction must be made between solid and dissolved plastics. The critical attitude towards microplastics concerns solid plastic particles. Dissolved polymers need to be distinguished from them and must be considered separately.