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Difference between food industry edible oils and cosmetic industry oils

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Posted 22 April 2020 - 04:47 PM

Hello Everyone, hope you're all safe!


I work at a food grade edible oil company. We make food grade Almond oil and a client wants almond oil for cosmetic purposes. I saw that the FDA regulates the labelling of cosmetics, 


I need to do the technical specification and My doubt is, Is there a regulation that stated the difference in the chemical parameters between the edible and cosmetic oil? or is it the same just with a different intended use? Can I use almond oil thats destined for moisturizing the body and cook with it?


Thank you very much, greeting from México :)  


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Posted 30 April 2020 - 02:13 PM

It works one way, but not the other. Cooking oils can be applied to the skin but cosmetic products should never be used for cooking.


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Posted 30 April 2020 - 03:11 PM

It is the intented use (-> defines the range of laws to be applied) and the raw material shoud be recognized as food.

Food is an oral application, cosmetic for topical application.

On chemical basis the materials can be identical, but the specification requirements are different, e.g.contaminants. Do you know the different traceability requirements of both areas? 

Other example:

glycerine is offered for food and for pharmaceutical apllication. Compare the required specification fpr the food additive and for the pharmaceutical (USP).

Do you care on the origin (plant, animal, GMO YES/NO) or the process (natural, artifical, bio-diesel couple product)? 

I know my procurement is asking every few years whether we can buy pharmaceutical grade for lower price. Win-Win - higher quality to lower price......NO - different requirements




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