Decoding the Levels of Materials in Cosmetics

Decoding the Levels of Materials in Cosmetics

Understanding Purity Grades for Safer and More Effective Beauty Products


When it comes to choosing cosmetic products, many consumers carefully read the ingredient list. However, what often goes unnoticed is that while the ingredient name may appear identical, the levels of impurities can vary significantly. Quite often, it's not the ingredient itself that causes allergies but rather the level of impurities present within the ingredients.


Unfortunately, some manufacturers prioritize cost-cutting and opt for cheaper, even technical grade materials, compromising the quality and safety of their products.


In this article, we delve into the hidden truth behind the chemistry of cosmetic products, shedding light on the importance of using pharmaceutical grade ingredients for safer and more effective formulations.


Have a look into our comprehensive guide on the diverse levels of materials used in cosmetics! In this article, we will share the differences among technical grade, cosmetic grade, and pharmaceutical grade raw materials, revealing their unique properties and applications.


Technical Grade:

Technical grade raw materials are typically the lowest in terms of purity and quality among the three grades. They are primarily intended for industrial applications, such as manufacturing processes, where high purity is not critical, and impurities are acceptable within certain limits. Technical grade raw materials may not undergo the same rigorous testing and quality control as higher-grade materials.

In cosmetics, technical grade ingredients are not supposed to be used due to potential risks and uncertainties regarding their safety and suitability for skin contact or application.


However, if a cosmetic product is priced significantly lower than others on the market, consumers should be cautious, as it could be an indicator that the manufacturer may have opted for cost-cutting measures, such as using cheaper technical grade materials to keep production expenses low.


Another indicator for technical grade raw materials is the smell of the cosmetic formulation. If you realize some technical machinery smell or some fishy smell – that gives a strong hint. Some manufacturers try to cover that smell with a higher concentration of usually cheap fragrance. There you have another indicator – in particular when the smell of the material or the fragrance keeps staying on your sleeping pillow.


It is essential to note that these lower-grade ingredients may carry a higher risk of causing adverse reactions and potential harm to both skin health and overall well-being.


Cosmetic Grade:

Cosmetic grade raw materials are specifically manufactured and tested to meet the quality and safety standards required for use in cosmetics and personal care products.

These materials have a higher level of purity compared to technical grade, but they may not be as stringent as pharmaceutical grade.


Cosmetic grade ingredients undergo testing for impurities and potential contaminants to ensure they are safe for cosmetic use and compliant with relevant regulations.

These ingredients are commonly used in various cosmetic products, ranging from skincare and haircare to makeup.


Sometimes you may realize a faint smell of impurities when checking the raw material itself. But this will be hardly noticed in a cosmetic formulation. Still the impurity may be the cause for an allergy that you may develop as a user.


Pharmaceutical Grade:

Pharmaceutical grade raw materials are the highest in terms of purity and quality among the three grades.


They are manufactured, tested, and controlled according to strict standards set by pharmacopoeias or regulatory authorities.


The purity and quality of pharmaceutical grade ingredients are suitable for use in medicines and pharmaceutical formulations.


The characterisitc of such raw materials is that you just realize the smell of the material itself and not of any by-products. With such ingredients you have the highest possible security to use a safe product.


When pharmaceutical grade ingredients are used in cosmetics, it ensures the highest level of purity and safety for the end-user.


These ingredients have the lowest technically possible impurities that might cause adverse reactions, making them particularly suitable for individuals with sensitive or reactive skin.


Benefits of Using Pharmaceutical Grade Ingredients in Cosmetics:


Safety: Pharmaceutical grade ingredients undergo extensive testing and quality control measures, minimizing the risk of adverse reactions or skin sensitivities.

Purity: These ingredients have the highest level of purity, ensuring that only the desired active components are present in the cosmetic formulation.

Efficacy: The superior quality of pharmaceutical grade ingredients can lead to an improved efficacy in cosmetic products, delivering the intended benefits more effectively.

Skin Compatibility: Individuals with sensitive or delicate skin can benefit from the use of pharmaceutical grade ingredients, as they are less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions.

Smell: There is no „odd” smell of the cosmetic or an intense fragrance that is used to cover up the poor smell of the cosmetic formula


When it comes to the world of cosmetics, the product label alone often fails to provide insight into the true level of ingredients used. However, consumers have the power to make informed choices and select brands they trust, those that prioritize the highest quality materials in their formulations.

At R&DETAIL, we stand for the utmost care and responsibility towards our clients, and we are committed to using pharmaceutical grade ingredients wherever possible.


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