Claims and Intended Use

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

When describing your product, keep in mind that the whole point of “claims” is that they are providing information to the consumer about the intended use. Technically it’s not the claim, but what the consumer perceives to be the intended use of the product that determines whether it is a drug or cosmetic. If your product description, customer testimonials or … Read More

What’s in a Name?

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

Once again we’re discussing ingredient names, but this time in the name or identity of the product, not in the ingredient declaration. It can get a little tricky because there are different regulations for cosmetics and for soap that is exempt from the definition of a cosmetic.  See Intended Use – Know Before You Go and Melt & Pour Soap: Soap or … Read More

Roaming the Back Roads

Posted in: Life & Travels

In order to not confuse our travel adventures with my posts on Labeling and Good Manufacturing Practices (and in order to give Jere a place to post about our travels), we have started a new blog just covering our travel adventures. Come join us at Roaming the Back Roads (www.roamingthebackroads.com). You can find maps, summaries of our trip, pictures of … Read More

Brexit and Cosmetics

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

If you are following international news, you probably heard that Brexit was approved and Great Britain will be leaving the European Union.  What does that have to do with cosmetics? Well, honestly, I don’t know all the ins-and-outs of how the process of their leaving the EU will work, but I was struck by a couple of lines in an article The Daily … Read More

Toxic Substance Control Act Reform 2016

Posted in: Legislation & Regulation

If you’re following chemical news, you may have heard that reforms of the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 were just signed into law by President Obama.  A pretty concise summary of the changes in existing law is available here. In very, very brief summary, the revisions to the TSCA passed in 1976 include giving the EPA authority – and a … Read More

International Cosmetic Laws

Posted in: Legislation & Regulation, Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

While most of my writing has been on the subject of United States regulations, the truth is that nearly all major countries have very comparable laws when it comes to labeling soap and cosmetics. The US is a bit more lenient when it comes to soap, and to registration and pre-approval. The reason for the similarities in labeling laws is … Read More

Our Trip So Far (October 2015)

Posted in: Life & Travels

Update April 2016: See our blog, Roaming the Back Roads, for further stories of our travel adventures. Yes, I realize that it is already May 2016, but I promised that I would post updates on our trip and so I shall. October started out with us leaving Pahrump, NV on October 2nd and heading off to Las Vegas (just about … Read More

Is the Net Content Required in Metric?

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

Are you required to put the net contents in metric on your soap or cosmetic label? As with most regulatory questions, the answer is … it depends.  The long answer (with references) is explained below.  But if you want the short answer … skip to the bottom. Over-Riding Law The law that applies here is the Fair Packaging and Labeling … Read More

Cosmetic Regulations – Louisiana

Posted in: Legislation & Regulation

Louisiana is another state that has some regulations for cosmetic manufacturers over and above what the FDA requires. I recently did some looking into the laws and regulations for Louisiana. Dept of Health and Hospitals The Food and Drug Unit in the Office of Public Health under the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals seems to have jurisdiction over not … Read More