Definition and categories



The term "Cosmetics" referred to in these Regulations means those daily used chemical products applied on the surface of any part of the human body (such as skin, hair, nails and lips) by way of smearing, spraying or other similar methods to keep the body clean, to get rid of undesirable smell, to protect the skin, to make up the face and to increase the beauty of the appearance.


Non-special-purpose Cosmetics
Hair care, nail care, skin care, perfumes and make-up

Special-purpose Cosmetics
Products for hair growth, hair dye, hair perm, hair removal, breast shaping, fitness, deodorizing, spots removal and sun block

Cosmetics with skin-whitening and skin pigmentation reduction claims will be classified as special use cosmetics (anti-freckle category) from 16th Dec 2013.