Toiletries vs. Cosmetics

By Jaxson

  • Cosmetics

    Cosmetics are substances or products used to enhance or alter the appearance of the face or fragrance and texture of the body. Many cosmetics are designed for use of applying to the face, hair, and body. They are generally mixtures of chemical compounds; some being derived from natural sources (such as coconut oil), and some synthetic or artificial. Cosmetics applied to the face to enhance its appearance are often called make-up or makeup. Common make-up items include: lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, foundation, blush, and contour. Other common cosmetics can include skin cleansers, body lotions, shampoo and conditioner, hairstyling products (gel, hair spray, etc.), perfume and cologne.

    In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates cosmetics, defines cosmetics as “intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions”. This broad definition includes any material intended for use as a component of a cosmetic product. The FDA specifically excludes pure soap from this category.

  • Toiletries (noun)

    plural of toiletry

  • Cosmetics (noun)

    Preparations applied externally to change or enhance the beauty of skin, hair, nails, lips, and eyes.

  • Cosmetics (noun)

    The study of such products.

  • Toiletries (noun)

    articles used in washing and taking care of one’s body, such as soap, shampoo, and toothpaste

    “a range of toiletries”

    “men’s toiletry sales”

Oxford Dictionary

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