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pe labellers etichettatrici cosmesiThe origins of cosmetics are to be sought at the dawn of humanity and the first archaeological proof of the use of cosmetics was found in Ancient Egypt around 5000 BC. It is a well-known fact that Egyptians, ancient Greeks and Romans used scented essences and cosmetics to enhance their bodies or to correct imperfections. After the fall of the Roman Empire, cosmetics began to change over the decades. In the 20th century, the growing demand for cosmetics led to the creation of the first actual contemporary firms of the sector.

Now defined as a science, cosmetics is considered by consumers as a way of improving their image and slowing down natural ageing processes. Cosmetics can be applied via a number of products – such as creams, perfumes, lotions, conditioners, bath foams, shampoos, etc. – all essentially made in two ways: with natural and chemical processes.

The European Commission approved a new regulation, which will become effective starting from 11th July 2013 that will ensure higher protection standards for consumers and that will replace the current directives on “cosmetics”, currently in force and that have allowed the free circulation of products. A series of regulations on the production, sale and distribution of cosmetics that also establishes which types of products fall under this category, usage limitations of certain substances and regulation involving their labelling.