A lot of women were incensed when news broke that Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe proposed a 10- to 30-percent excise tax on cosmetic products as an alternative to imposing additional tax on fuel products.
Batocabe explained that the proposed "vanity tax" will also be imposed on "beauty services such as liposuctions, facelifts, nose jobs, and breast augmentation." He pointed out that "it would be better to impose a 'vanity tax' on those who want to look good, which is a luxury."
But it looks like Batocabe's proposed vanity tax also applies to products that are needed for basic human hygiene.
A CNN Philippines report by Pia Garcia further noted that Batocabe's proposed vanity tax applies to "any substance or preparation intended to be placed in contact with the various external parts of the human body or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity, with a view exclusively or mainly cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, and/or correcting body odor, and/or protecting the body or keeping them in good condition."
Based on the description, it would seem that toothpaste, deodorant, and other body cleansers would be covered by the vanity tax.