Frequently Asked Questions
»How come the ingredient lists here are not the same as the ones I’ve seen listed in blogs for the same products?
»Why don’t you include the UV filters’ percentages? I see blogs/forum/review sites listing them!
»Can I use your translated ingredient lists in my blog/website/review/etc?
»How do I pay? Do you ship to my country? Where can I buy this?
»Why don’t you post swatches or pictures you have taken?
»What are the best sunscreens, BB creams, etc.?
How come the ingredient lists here are not the same as the ones I’ve seen listed in blogs for the same products?
As of 2001, Japan’s Pharmaceutical Affairs Law requires cosmetic products to display all of the ingredients that were included in the product. Manufacturers are required to list ingredients in descending order from the most commonly used substance. Ingredients that are included in quantities of 1% or less of the product can be included in no particular order. I do not know where others are obtaining their information but I use official Japanese ingredient lists provided directly by the manufacturers only so my translations follow suit.
Why don’t you include the UV filters’ percentages? I see blogs/forum/review sites listing them!
Japanese cosmetics manufacturers are not legally required to disclose such information to consumers or the press — and they don’t (and yes, I have tried contacting them in Japanese as well as English about this). I only use information provided by the manufacturers. If they don’t provide them, I don’t list them.
Can I use your info in my blog/website/review/etc?
No. I do not allow copying of my posts to anywhere. The problem is that it’s not possible to prevent others copying from a site that is using my info even if the site is giving me credits. I rather stop this altogether by disallowing copying all together. Please link instead.
How do I pay? Do you ship to my country? Where can I buy this?
RatzillaCosme is not an online shop. It holds no stock. The price you see provided is simply Japan’s listed retail price for the product. Most products listed are Japan-exclusive but some are available in other East Asian countries. If you live overseas, please see the Online Stockists link (homepage) for a comprehensive list of stockists.
Why don’t you post swatches you have taken?
There are plenty of blogs with swatches and close-ups so I don’t feel the need for me to do them. Besides, keeping RatzillaCosme as up-to-date as possible takes up enough time as is already.
What are the best sunscreens, BB creams, etc.?
There is no “best” as individual results will always vary! What suits my skin and my needs might be terrible for yours so I fully recommend checking ingredients or trying a sample before purchasing. Do check out my reviews if you’re curious to what I like.
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