How to Read an Ingredient List

The ingredients must be listed in descending order of predominance. However, Ingredients present at a concentration not exceeding 1% may be listed in any order after the listing of the ingredients present at more than 1% in descending order of predominance.


There are 3 Basic Section

1) Bulk of the ingredients 80-90% of total product

2) 5-10% of the product

3) Additives below 1% concentration making up 1-5% of product total.


Rule #1

1st section should contain Healthy ingredients.  


Rule #2

2nd Section you DO NOT want to see to many long winded unpronounceable additives.  

A few are OK as long as they are naturally derived as opposed to synthetic. 


Rule #3  BEWARE

3rd section will contain powerful ingredients.  

Again you DO NOT want the ingredients to be long winded.

Ingredients such as preservatives, colorants, and fragrances would be here


Our ingredient List is made up of Natural Ingredients in the 1st Section.

A few low concentration food grade additives in the 2nd & 3rd Sections (but only a few),

and uses only Essential oils in trace amounts in the 3rd section.


Many products claimed as "Natural" can be very deceiving.  

Apply these rules and see how many measure up.  

They may have natural derived ingredients but the order they are in makes all the difference.

As Stated in the FDA's Guildlines

21 CFR 701.3(a), (d), (f) (2), (f) (3)The ingredients must be listed in descending order of predominance. However, there are a few exceptions to this requirement.


1. If the cosmetic is also a drug, section 502(c) of the FD&C Act requires that the active drug ingredient(s) be declared before declaration of the cosmetic ingredients. A declaration, thus, would read as follows: "Active Ingredient: ... (Name of drug ingredient). Other (or Cosmetic) Ingredients: ... (Names of cosmetic ingredients in descending order)." [§ 701.3(d)]


2. Ingredients present at a concentration not exceeding 1% may be listed in any order after the listing of the ingredients present at more than 1% in descending order of predominance. [§ 701.3(f)(2)]


3. Color additives of any concentration may be listed in any order after the listing of the ingredients which are not color additives [§ 701.3(f)(3)].


4. The name of an ingredient accepted by FDA in accordance with the procedure established in § 720.8 as a trade secret need not be disclosed on the label. In lieu of declaring the name of that ingredient, the phrase "and other ingredients" may be used at the end of the ingredient declaration [§ 701.3(a)].