INCI stands for International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient. these systematic names internationally recognized to identify cosmetic ingredients.

Understanding INCI Names and Identifying Common Essential Oils for INCI

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INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) names are a standardized system for labeling cosmetic ingredients. They are used globally to ensure consistency and clarity when listing the ingredients in cosmetic products. INCI names help consumers, manufacturers, and regulators easily identify and understand the components of a product.

INCI names are based on scientific names, Latin names, or English common names for ingredients. They are assigned by the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and are recognized internationally. This standardized naming system helps avoid confusion and ensures that ingredients are listed consistently across different products and countries.

When you read a cosmetic product label, the ingredients will be listed in descending order of concentration, with the highest concentration ingredients listed first. Familiarizing yourself with INCI names can help you make informed decisions about the products you use and identify any ingredients you may want to avoid due to allergies or personal preferences.

Here are some examples of INCI names of essential oil 

Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Oil

Cymbopogon flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil

Citrus limonum(Lemon) Oil

Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil

Eucalyptus radiata (Eucalyptus) Oil

Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil

Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) leaf Oil

Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Oil

Citrus bergamia (Bergamot) Oil

Citrus aurantium dulicis (Orange) peel Oil

Rosa damascene (Rose) Oil

Boswellia serrata (Frankincense) Oil

Salvia sclarea L(Clary Sage) Oil

Salvia officinalis (Sage Organic/Sage Dalmatian) Oil

Zingiber officinale(Ginger) Oil

Thymus vulgaris (Thyme red) Oil

Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood) Oil


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