General Administration of Customs of China: Coreana SHO Hemp Seed Relief Mask were not allowed to enter China due to the detected ingredient hemp seed oil. In 2021, The List of Banned Raw Materials for Cosmetics released by National Medical Products Administration explicitly listed Cannabidiol as the forbidden raw materials for cosmetics.
On May 18 BST, General Administration of Customs of China announced the information on cosmetics that were not allowed to enter China in April. Among them, four products including Shiseido liquid foundation and Coreana SHO Hemp Seed Relief Mask were not allowed to enter China.
In addition, ROCKETSOAP CO.,LTD’s Rocket Hand Soap and Shiseido liquid foundation (free gift) were not allowed to enter China because they did not provide the required certificates or certification materials. The importers were Liaoning Fuyoumei International Trade Co., Ltd. and Global Consumer Products ( Hainan) Trading Co., Ltd. Besides, Puffin perfume soap was not allowed to enter the country due to unqualified sensory inspection.
It is reported that the above-mentioned four batches of cosmetics that are not allowed to enter China have been returned or destroyed at the port according to law.
It is worth noting that the Coreana SHO Hemp Seed Relief Mask produced by Coreana Cosmetics Co., Ltd. was not allowed to enter China due to the detected hemp seed oil. The importer is Tianjin Vipshop Supply Chain Management Co., Ltd. Currently, the relevant product page of Vipshop shows that the product has been removed from the shelves.
In March 2021, National Institute for Food and Drug Control of China issued a notice that, according to the relevant policy requirements of China’s national drug control administration, raw materials such as cannabis sativa nuts, cannabis sativa seed oil, cannabis sativa leaf extract and cannabinoid are proposed to be listed as prohibited components of cosmetics. Then in April 2021, in the “Catalogue of Used Cosmetic Raw Materials (2021 Edition)” issued by the National Medical Products Administration, a note was also made after the above-mentioned raw materials, “to be adjusted to the prohibited ingredients of the “Cosmetic Safety Technical Specifications”.
In May 2021, the latest catalogue released by China’s National Medical Products Administration showed that cannabis sativa seed oil had been listed in the “Catalogue of Prohibited Plant (Animal) Raw Materials for Cosmetics”, including hemp kernel nut, hemp extract, etc. In other words, hemp seed oil is a banned raw material in China, and it cannot be contained even in imported goods.
The rise of cannabis cosmetics in the Chinese market can be said to be a capital carnival. According to incomplete statistics, in 2019, more than 50 A-share listed companies in China announced their entry into the industrial hemp industry, including well-known Chinese daily chemical groups such as Yunnan Baiyao Group Co., Ltd . China’s industrial cannabis stock market soared and almost fell into madness. At the same time, a steady stream of capital began to be injected into cannabis cosmetics industry.
For example, Simpcare, a Chinese brand focusing on cannabis skin care, received 6 rounds of financing within one and a half years of its establishment; CBD lifestyle brand CANNAFEVER, a new miracle, completed 2 rounds of financing within half a year. In addition, many Chinese pharmaceutical companies such as Yunnan Baiyao and SL Pharm have invested in the field of cannabis cosmetics.
Fueled by capital, Chinese cannabis cosmetics had a blowout in 2020. According to statistics, for the whole year of 2020, there were a total of 1,757 records of cannabis-related non-special use cosmetics in the China National Medical Products Administration’s filing system, more than four times the number of records filed in 2019.Cannabis cosmetics have suddenly become a new star in the industry. The data shows that cannabis leaf extract was the top three popular ingredients in 2020, even more popular than Bifida Ferment Lysate, the core ingredient of Estee Lauder’s star product “Advanced Night Repair”.
In just two years, cannabis cosmetics in China has gone from a bright star moment to a low point when it is abandoned by the industry. The era of cannabis cosmetics in China is over.