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Business of Beauty: A Resource Guide

Retail, Wholesale, & Manufacturing

There are various systems used for industry research to classify business entities. Knowing these schemes can make some areas of research easier because some databases, many of the print sources, and the U.S. government (most notably the Census) use them in their indexing, charts, graphs, lists, and indexes. The most important of these in the United States are the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). Internationally the International Standard Industrial Classifications of All Economic Activities (ISITC) External is maintained by the United Nations.  Manufacturing and retail are treated as their own activities so both are necessary to understand the industry as a whole.

Relevant codes from these systems for the cosmetics industry are included in the section below, along with links to government data related the cosmetics industry are included when available.

Industry Codes for Retail & Wholesale

Cosmetics and beauty products may appear in conjunction with Products & Services Codes in the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS):

446120 Cosmetics, Beauty Supplies, and Perfume Stores
44812 Women's Clothing Stores (with Product & Service Code: 20160)
44815 Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores (with Product & Service Code: 20160)
45211 General Merchandise Stores (with Products & Services Codes: 20160, 20165)
424210 Cosmetics merchant wholesalers, Perfumes merchant wholesalers

Industry Codes for Manufacturing

The manufacturing of cosmetics and beauty products is separate from the sale of these products in the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS):

325620 Toilet Preparation Manufacturing : This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in preparing, blending, compounding, and packaging toilet preparations, such as perfumes, shaving preparations, hair preparations, face creams, lotions (including sunscreens), and other cosmetic preparations.