Why are the ingredients listed in English?
The list of ingredients allows people with allergies to make sure the product does not contains substances which they cannot tolerate. This is made possible by the use of uniform designations across Europe, Canada and other countries. The ingredients are not actually all in English but mostly Latin scientific names known to health professionals.
For this reason, a nomenclature has been prepared by an International Committee (INCI: International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredients) that all manufacturers of cosmetic products are obliged to use. If you have any questions on individual ingredients, please contact us directly. We would be happy to provide further information.
How is the tolerance of NIVEA MEN products tested?
The skin tolerance of our products is carefully tested before the products are released for distribution. These tests are carried out in our research department and additionally by independent research institutes. However, it is impossible to fully exclude the occurrence of an intolerant reaction caused by individual over-sensitivity to one of the ingredients.
Alcohol-free products: Is a product really alcohol-free even if cetyl alcohol, for example, is listed as an ingredient?
In chemistry there is a group of substances under the collective name 'alcohol'. Their physical states range from liquid to solid, with different properties. When 'no alcohol' is stated on a product, this refers to ethyl alcohol, which is also a component of alcoholic drinks.
In cosmetic products, ethyl alcohol has a refreshing and invigorating effect. In the full declaration of the ingredients on the packaging, ethyl alcohol is listed as 'alcohol' or 'alcohol, denat.'. The aliphatic alcohols (e.g. cetearyl alcohol or lanolin alcohol) are solid substances. They are used, for example, as emulsifying agents with a nourishing effect, which give the product the required consistency.
How high is the water content in creams/lotions?
The water content of all emulsions on the market (independent of manufacturer) is between ca. 70 and 90 %. The latest scientific studies have shown that the moisturizing effect reduces the susceptibility of sensitive skins.
The water content of NIVEA Creme is ca. 70 %. It is a water-in-oil emulsion. NIVEA Creme has been popular for decades thanks to its excellent skin tolerance and excellent nourishing properties.