Mica is used as an ingredient in some cosmetics. It is the name given to a series of minerals based on silicates (substances made out of the elements silica and oxygen). Mica has unique physical properties because of its structure – it is formed, in nature, as layers that can be split into thin sheets. It can also be ground into a powder. It is added to powdered cosmetics, such as eyeshadows, as a filler because it has excellent smoothness and so makes the eyeshadow easy to apply and also gives sparkle. It is added to other cosmetic products - such as mascaras, lipsticks and nail products - because it provides a beautiful lustre and sheen. Mica can also provide further ‘depth’ to certain pigments, and it gives a highly pearlised effect. Mica can be found in a large variety of consumer goods and industry materials, from automotive to coating, electronic components and construction materials, to cosmetics.
Although most of Coty’s sourcing of mica comes from other regions, we have decided to become one of the founding members of the “Responsible Mica Initiative” focused on the complex issue of the mica supply chain in India and instances of child labor. We want to lend our voice and to work in partnership with our competitors and suppliers of raw materials, car, paint, electronic and beauty industries to improve the sourcing traceability, the education of children and their families on human rights and empower local communities to diversify their income. You can find out more about this initiative here.
For more information on Coty’s responsible supply chain activities please see our report to the United Nations Global Compact.
Coty Inc. is a leader in the global beauty industry. We have developed a portfolio of notable brands and offer innovative products of outstanding quality for which we are committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of consumer safety. Before we place a product on the market, we assess it thoroughly to ensure that it is safe for human use and for the environment and that it complies with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. Our safety assessment of cosmetic ingredients is based on the use of recognized alternatives to animal testing, the use of existing safety data and, increasingly, the sharing of such data with other industries.
We do not perform, nor do we ever commission any third parties on our behalf to perform, testing of our products or ingredients on animals. COTY voluntarily ceased testing finished cosmetic products on animals in 1991, long before the official European ban on such testing in 2004, and we have been actively involved in the research and development of alternatives to animal testing for many years. COTY is a party to SEURAT-1, the single largest Private-Public Partnership initiative aimed to develop alternatives to animal testing of cosmetic products, with a total contribution of €50 million funded in equal by the European Commission and the cosmetics industry, which managed to provide sufficient ground for setting the strategy and strategic collaboration that will be essential for the development of further alternative methods, e.g. for systemic toxicity.
It is common knowledge that China is currently the only country that requires mandatory animal tests on all cosmetic products imported into the country. However, we have been actively involved in the dialogue with the Chinese authorities and regulators, including through our membership to the China Association of Fragrance Flavor and Cosmetic Industries (CAFFCI). As a result, China has recently started to investigate ways to replace animal testing and has sought the assistance of European scientists.
The common goal of all these efforts is our aim to completely replace animal testing.
Coty ceased using plastic microbeads* in all new products developed since 2014. In 2016 we completed the work needed to replace plastic microbeads in the existing formulas of our global portfolio ensuring that replacement materials respect human and environmental health and safety, while maintaining the quality and efficacy of our products. These new formulas are being phased into our manufacturing processes and this work will be complete before 1st July 2017.
*We follow the definition provided in the US Federal Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015: ‘Plastic microbead’ means any solid plastic particle that is less than five millimeters in size and is intended to be used to exfoliate or cleanse the human body or any part thereof.
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To get the most out of your fragrance, cosmetics, skin, sun and personal care products, we recommend storing them in dry place, preferably away from light, and avoiding extreme temperatures. Remember to close all packages tightly after each use.
We strongly urge you to check with your physician before using any cosmetic products during pregnancy or nursing.
Fragrances are meant to be applied to the skin. Applying to your pulse points, where the heartbeat is apparent, makes a fragrance blossom. Most fragrances contain alcohol, a commonly known solvent that may damage fabrics, leather, suede and finished surfaces. Make sure to let your fragrance dry completely on the skin before dressing.
We do not have samples available for general distribution.
We understand how frustrating this can be for you. Once a product is discontinued, our inventory of the item is completely depleted. Discontinued products are no longer distributed through authorized retailers.
We wish we could make the shades look perfect and the same on everyone’s monitor! Unfortunately, we have no control over monitor settings or the differences in how monitors and devices display colors.
We tried our best to design for every web browser, platform, and device. We know there are IE6 users out there, but the numbers are getting smaller and smaller every day. By looking at our previous traffic reports, we know that a huge majority of our audience is using upgraded browsers.
The site is best viewed on the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome with the latest Flash player installed so that you can experience and enjoy our videos.
There is no legal definition of a vegan or vegetarian cosmetic product, and we do not specialize in products without animal-derived ingredients. We encourage consumers to read package labels closely and see the full extent of ingredients. Specific information on what an ingredient is and how it is used, as well as safety information for approximately 90% of all ingredients used in cosmetic and personal care products on the market today, is continually updated and publicly available on http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org.
Our nail lacquers are free of added Formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP.
Unfortunately, we do not accept unsolicited package or product ideas. It’s not that we don’t want you to share your creativity with us. However, we do have precise policies on this.
If you are interested in sharing your creativity with us as part of the Coty team, click here to learn more about career opportunities at Coty.
Post-consumer collection of recyclable packaging components is not available in all countries or areas. We encourage consumers to check with local authorities for this information. Individual plastic caps may be sorted into the plastic category and glass bottles into the glass category. For your safety, we urge you not to disassemble pump/reducer caps from bottles as this may pose a safety hazard. Folding cartons may be sorted into the paper category, although laminated cardboard is less frequently recycled.
It means the product bulk was manufactured in one country and shipped to another for filling, packaging and/or assembly.
With current airline safety regulations, you don’t want to lose your favorite fragrance to an airport security checkpoint because it exceeds size restrictions. We recommend traveling with allowable forms of fragrance such as a small purse spray, fragrance roller ball, solid perfume, body lotion, body cream or after shave balm. If you must take a full sized bottle of fragrance, don’t risk a leaky suitcase! Liquid fragrances contain alcohol, a commonly known solvent that can damage fabrics and leather. Secure your fragrance (and all liquids) in re-sealable plastic bags before placing in your luggage or suitcase.
We take very seriously our obligation to produce only safe, high quality and environmentally responsible products. The ingredients used in our products are safe and have been developed, manufactured and packaged in compliance with the strict guidelines and regulations set by each country in which they are sold.
Gluten in cosmetics is a common concern among consumers who suffer from gluten sensitivity. Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat related grains, including barley, rye, and spelt. It is known to cause adverse health problems in those who suffer from celiac disease. In 2009, research showed between 0.5 and 1.0 percent of people in the US and UK are sensitive to gluten due to celiac disease.
There is currently no scientific evidence that gluten used in cosmetic products that are not ingested is harmful to individuals with celiac disease, including those with the skin form of celiac disease. Patients with celiac disease are often advised to avoid cosmetic products that are likely to be ingested, such as lipstick and lip gloss, if these contain ingredients like wheat germ or barley extract. However, up until recently the actual content of gluten in lipstick and other cosmetic products made using ingredients derived from wheat, barley, or rye had not been investigated.
In 2012, the US Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics published a study under the heading "Gluten in Cosmetics: Is There a Reason for Concern?" that reportedly found no quantifiable gluten in lip products and lotions, each containing at least one ingredient derived from wheat, barley, rye, or oats. Based on the results, the authors concluded that there is no apparent reason for consumers with celiac disease to worry about cosmetic products applied to the skin, such as body lotion, sunscreen, shaving cream, deodorant, makeup and perfume, especially if hands are washed after use.
By law, all ingredients in a product formulation must be listed on the package. When the package size is too small, and where permitted by local regulations, they may be provided separately at the point of sale. Please visit the brand website for more information, and for authorized retailers in your area. For information about the function and purpose of most cosmetic product ingredients, click here.
Coty is committed to supporting many charitable organizations at the international, national, regional and local levels. We would like to be able to consider individual donation requests, but this is simply not possible. To learn more about our charitable efforts, click here.