In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates cosmetics, defines cosmetics as "intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body's structure or functions." This broad definition includes any material intended for use as a component of a cosmetic product. Beauty supplies, or cosmetics, include skin-care creams, lotions, powders, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup, permanent waves, hair colors, deodorants, baby products, bath oils, bubble baths, and many other types of beauty supplies. The FDA specifically excludes soap from this category.
In "wholesale beauty supplies", the word "wholesale" is the act that consists of the sale of beauty supplies to retailers, commercial, institutional, or other professional business users or to other wholesale beauty supply wholesalers and related subordinated services.