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Why do shampoos and shower gels list 'aqua' as an ingredient rather than 'water'?

Question #54726. Asked by coolio_daniel_uk.
Last updated May 13 2021.

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They list it as "aqua" because they are abiding by the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) naming convention which is a system of names for waxes, oils, pigments, chemicals, and other ingredients of soaps, cosmetics, etc., based on scientific names and other Latin and English words. This way everyone knows exactly what's what when they read the label or look up the ingredients.


NOTE: The INCI allows for either of the following: Aqua (Water) OR Water (Aqua)

Response last updated by gtho4 on May 13 2021.
Apr 10 2008, 9:41 AM
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