How does the INCI service work?

The COSMILE INCI database provides information on all ingredients that are used in cosmetic products in Europe – that is almost 30,000 substances. All ingredients must be indicated on the product packaging in the form of the so-called INCI names (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients).

The information contained in the database is updated regularly.


Here’s how to search:

  • Enter the search term as it is written on the packaging of the product, for example METHYLPARABEN.
  • A first overview of hits appears. For more information, click on the respective ingredient.
  • The trivial and/or chemical name or a description is displayed together with information about the functions of the respective substance as well as its occurrence in cosmetic products.
  • In addition, in many cases, additional background information and information on safe use are provided.