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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:

24.2% = Skincare

20.2% = Perfume

19.6% = Personal Care products

13.7% = Hair care

9.6% = Oral care

9% = Make-up

3.5% = Baby care


A key sector for the French economy

Representing 10.8 billion Euros

(sales in 2014 in France)


France exports were worth

5.46 billion Euros towards Europe

11.3 billion Euros towards Rest of the World

(2014 figures)


A job-creating industry

42,000 direct jobs

57% female employees, 43% male


Europe is the world leader

Global market share:

69 billion Euros in Europe

47 in the USA

29 in China

18 in Japan

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