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A « cosmetic product » is: « any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours »

(Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, article 2)

An industry made up of a wide variety of products

Sales by categories are as follows:

24.3% = Skincare

20% = Perfume

19.7% = Personal Care products

18.1% = Hair care

6.2% = Oral care

8.5% = Make-up

2.5% = Baby care


A key sector for the French economy

Representing 11 billion Euros

(sales in 2016 in France)


France exports were worth

5.9 billion Euros towards Europe

12.1 billion Euros towards Rest of the World

(2016 figures)


A job-creating industry

55,000 direct jobs

64.7% of female employees


Europe is the world leader

Global market share:

73.6 billion Euros in Europe

62 in the USA

41 in China

20 in Japan

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