Cosmetic Packaging Symbols Explained

It is very important to understand the symbols used in cosmetic packaging design. These symbols not only educate the consumer about the product but at the same time they help them use the product safely later. As a designer, working in packaging industry, it is important to understand these icons. Keeping the end users informed about the product should be the first aim of packaging design and with the help of these icons you can communicate warnings and information easily.

POA1. Period After Opening (POA)

European standards require that products with a shelf life of less than 30 months should be marked with a “best us by” date. “Period After Opening” Symbol should be used with the products which can last longer than 30 months. This is shown by a number on the jar with lid off. This shows how long we can use the product after it’s been opened. Old products can cause skin irritation so it always advised to label the date when you open any product for the first time.


Further Info2. Further Information

This icon indicates that further information about the product can be found in the packaging. This symbol is used when there is not enough space left on the package to include important information about the product. This information comes handy when you are using a new product. It is always necessary to read the information about the product and ingredient list carefully, if you have sensitive skin.


Estimated3. Estimated Symbol

This icon is used to indicate that the product is filled using “average fill system”. This simply means you will get “X” amount of product, shown in grams or milliliters. Estimated Symbol can be found after the amount shown on the container.


Green Dot4. Green Dot

It symbolizes that the company pays to recover and reprocess the product. This symbol can be found alongside other symbols. It should not replace the recyclable symbol which indicates what products can be recycled.


Resin Identity5. Flammable

This symbol indicates that the product should not be used near an open flame nor it should be exposed to high heat.


Resin Identity6. Resin Identification

It is used to identify the polymer type when recycling. This is very important because when recycling one product with wrong identification can ruin a batch during reprocessing. Plastic containers should always be labeled using SPI resin identification coding system.


Leaping Bunny7. Leaping Bunny

This icon indicates that the product has not been tested on animals and a company is authorized to use this symbol when they take a pledge that no product is tested on animals at any phase in product development.



Another symbol to indicate that the product is cruelty free and not tested on animal at any phase. PETA is an organization that fights for animal rights and cruelty free certification for the companies is issued when they take the pledge that animal testing is not practiced at any phase.


Author Bio: Mark Dawson is a tech columnist. He is currently working at Globe Packaging as a Content Marketing Manager. Apart from writing he likes to guide small businesses in achieving their business goals.

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