The meaning behind beauty packaging labels


How often do we take notice of the labels on the packaging of our beauty products? Do we even know why they are there? Here’s the low down on what those represent and what it means for you.

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Period After Opening


This symbol looks like an open jar with a number on it followed by an M for months. The number represents the period that the product is good for using after being opened. According to the EU cosmetics regulations, products like aerosols and perfumes often do not need this label because of the alcohol components in them.



This is similar to a recycling sign, but this one is green in colour. This is to show that the manufacturers of the product use a recycling organisation to handle packaging wastage.

Not tested on animals

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Some product packaging will be written “not tested on animals” on them, however in order to verify this, products must also have a symbol of a leaping bunny next to it, according to the Peta Bunny Association. A manufacturer is only legible to use this label after going through an accredication process. We find leaping bunnies on many beauty products like foundations, lipsticks and facial creams.



This requirement is for manufacturers that produce flammable products such as hair sprays in aerosol cans. If the product has a possibility of catching fire, then this must be clearly marked on the packaging. So next time you want to put some shine in your hair ensure that this is not done next to any lit candles or an open fire.

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Products with small packaging make it difficult to include all the important information needed about the product. This label informs the user that there’s a lealet inside which usually has the ingedient list in case the user is allergic to some of the ingredients. Be sure to take a look at this before buying any product.

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