All products made with chemicals and other synthetic ingredients in India will be prohibited by the end of 2019, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Wednesday.
A new draft regulation will come into effect on January 1.
This will be effective from July 1.
Products made with any synthetic chemicals and any chemical additives made by non-Governmental entities will be exempted from the prohibition, the ministry said in a release.
The ban covers cosmetics made from ingredients such as polyethylene glycol, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, ethyl alcohol, alcohols and perfumes.
The ban will also include all artificial cosmetics.
Products made with synthetic substances are also banned in the country.
They include cosmetics made with benzoyl peroxide, benzoylene, propylene glycol and formaldehyde.
These products can cause skin irritation and skin cancer.
The ministry said that it would ensure that all the cosmetics that are not covered under the ban will be labelled appropriately and can be sold in pharmacies and health centres.