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Although most of Coty’s sourcing of mica comes from other regions, we have decided to become one of the founding members of the “Responsible Mica Initiative” focused on the complex issue of the mica supply chain in India and instances of child labor. We want to lend our voice and to work in partnership with our competitors and suppliers of raw materials, car, paint, electronic and beauty industries to improve the sourcing traceability, the education of children and their families on human rights and empower local communities to diversify their income. You can find out more about this initiative here.
For more information on Coty’s responsible supply chain activities please see our report to the United Nations Global Compact
All our products are safe and have been developed, manufactured and packaged in compliance with the laws, regulations and guidelines that are applicable in each country in which they are sold. Our safety assessment of cosmetic ingredients is based on the use of recognized alternatives to animal testing, the use of existing safety data and, increasingly, the sharing of such data with other industries.
It is common knowledge that China requires mandatory animal tests on all cosmetic products imported into the country. We continue to be involved in the dialogue with the Chinese authorities, including through our active membership of the China Association of Fragrance Flavor and Cosmetic Industries (CAFFCI), to replace animal tests with alternatives. As a result, China has recently started to investigate ways to replace animal testing and has sought the assistance of European scientists.
We have been actively involved in the research and development of alternatives to animal testing for many years. We were a party to SEURAT-1, the single largest Private-Public Partnership initiative which aimed to develop alternatives to animal testing of cosmetic products. With a total contribution of €50 million, funded in equal by the European Commission and the cosmetics industry, it managed to produce some alternative methods to animal testing and set the ground for further development of which we are also part.
The common goal of all these efforts is to completely replace animal testing through validated alternative methods which ensure our products are safe for consumer use.
*We follow the definition provided in the US Federal Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015: ‘Plastic microbead’ means any solid plastic particle that is less than five millimeters in size and is intended to be used to exfoliate or cleanse the human body or any part thereof.
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Gluten in cosmetics is a common concern among consumers who suffer from gluten sensitivity. Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat related grains, including barley, rye, and spelt. It is known to cause adverse health problems in those who suffer from celiac disease. In 2009, research showed between 0.5 and 1.0 percent of people in the US and UK are sensitive to gluten due to celiac disease.
There is currently no scientific evidence that gluten used in cosmetic products that are not ingested is harmful to individuals with celiac disease, including those with the skin form of celiac disease. Patients with celiac disease are often advised to avoid cosmetic products that are likely to be ingested, such as lipstick and lip gloss, if these contain ingredients like wheat germ or barley extract. However, up until recently the actual content of gluten in lipstick and other cosmetic products made using ingredients derived from wheat, barley, or rye had not been investigated.
In 2012, the US Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics published a study under the heading "Gluten in Cosmetics: Is There a Reason for Concern?" that reportedly found no quantifiable gluten in lip products and lotions, each containing at least one ingredient derived from wheat, barley, rye, or oats. Based on the results, the authors concluded that there is no apparent reason for consumers with celiac disease to worry about cosmetic products applied to the skin, such as body lotion, sunscreen, shaving cream, deodorant, makeup and perfume, especially if hands are washed after use. As a consequence, it appears that consumers with celiac disease do not need to worry about products applied to the skin, such as body lotion, sunscreen, shaving cream, deodorant, makeup, and perfume, or products applied to the hair, such as shampoo and conditioner, especially if hands are washed after use.