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What's in a Name?

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The RB Ingredient Naming System

Many products that you currently purchase already contain an ingredient statement on the package, such as cosmetics and Over-The-Counter (OTC) drugs, like Mucinex cough/cold medication. These products use a "naming system" for their ingredients called the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients...or simply INCI. These are the ingredient names that you see and are familiar with on the current package labels for these types of products.

Many of our ingredients that we use in our cleaners, disinfectants, and air care products are also used in cosmetic and OTC drug products. So, we have decided to also use the INCI name for these ingredients, because it:

  1. reduces any confusion between the name of the same ingredient used in your favorite shampoo that is also used in your favorite hard surface cleaner
  2. avoids the development of another naming system for the same ingredient
  3. is a globally recognized naming system

For the other ingredients which do not currently have an INCI name, we decided to use the following system

  1. use its HCPA Ingredient Dictionary* name
  2. use the INCI naming system for ingredients which are very close in structure and composition to an existing INCI ingredient
  3. use a functional description of the ingredient
  4. or, if none of the above are suitable, use the ingredient's International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) name

* RB was a founding participant in a cross industry voluntary Ingredient Communication Initiative to bring great disclosure and transparency to its household products.

As part of this initiative, the "HCPA Ingredient Dictionary" was established to provide a standard and harmonized nomenclature to ingredients used in cleaning, polish, air freshening, and other household products.

For more information on the HCPA Ingredient Dictionary, click here.

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