Posted April 18, 2018 07:10:53The cosmetics industry is notorious for its ever-expanding range of products, which are priced and available at a dizzying array of retailers across Australia.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently unveiled a new $5,000 cosmetics shelf test, which measures the shelf life of a cosmetic product.
The test is based on the time taken to break open a bottle of products and measure the concentration of the ingredients inside the bottle.
This is done by examining how long it takes to empty the bottle after opening it.
For instance, if a product has a shelf life less than four days, the shelf can only last three days before the contents are removed.
There are some exceptions, however, as the shelf time can be extended by two days if a particular ingredient is used more than four times in the product.
For example, a cosmetic may have a shelf time of four days after opening and a shelf length of seven days.
While these types of tests can be useful, the test does not necessarily predict what product may be harmful or harmful-to-your-health.
It is important to note, however the test only assesses the shelf-life of a product, not the health of a person who uses the product or may consume it.
“In the long term, it’s best to test all cosmetics at the end of the shelflife of the product,” ACCC Commissioner Jessica Farr said.
“However, as consumers, we’re often left with the choice of what to do with an unwanted cosmetic.”
According to the Australian Cosmetic Industry Association, the average consumer consumes approximately 2,300 cosmetic products per year.
As a result, the number of cosmetic products in Australia has risen from 3,600 in 2011 to 5,200 in 2017, with some products reaching as high as $15,000 each.
In total, around 4,500 cosmetics are sold in Australia each year.
However, cosmetics companies can earn hundreds of millions of dollars by selling cosmetic products which are not safe for use in Australia.
According the ACCC, some cosmetics are so dangerous they are sold to countries that do not require cosmetics labelling.
Australian consumer groups and industry groups have urged the ACCC to adopt the new test and require that cosmetics labels on cosmetic products, including in packaging, state that cosmetic products are safe to use in Australian settings.
“We know the cosmetic industry is rife with safety issues and that they are often bought and sold without a second thought,” said ACCC Chairman Greg Hywood.
He said the ACCCs new test will help improve the health and safety of Australians, including those in rural areas.
“The test will also help ensure that the products being sold do not contain toxic chemicals,” Mr Hywood said.
The ACCC has set out how to apply the test in the report Cosmetic Ingredients in Cosmetics, which is due to be released later this month.
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