Soap Ingredient Declarations Revisited

I’ve covered this in earlier posts, but there are still questions. Does soap need an ingredient declaration? Does it have to meet the FDA regulations for cosmetic ingredient declarations? In this post I am addressing “true soap” that is EXEMPT from the FDA definition of a cosmetic.  That means: The bulk of the non-volatile portion consists of the alkali salt of fatty acids. … Read More

Blended Fragrances in the Ingredient Declaration

One of the options available for your cosmetic ingredient list is to use the term “fragrance” to cover any ingredient(s), blended or not, that are used to scent your product. But what if you use a blend of plant-based essential oils to provide scent, not synthetic “fragrance oils”? The rule still applies, but you have some additional options. The Regulations … Read More

Cosmetic Regulations – Ohio

A woman recently contacted me and told me that a representative of the Ohio Department of Agriculture had told her that cosmetics couldn’t be made “at home” and she’d need to be licensed in order to make or sell cosmetics. Is that correct? Umm, no, not at all. The Ohio Small business Development Center has a page about starting a business in … Read More

Book Availability

As you may have heard, I announced that Jere and I are planning to “run away from home” in our new (to us) RV.  It’s actually happening! All goes well, we’ll be heading out next Monday, August 10th. Obviously, I can’t be stocking and shipping books while we’re on the road (not enough storage space, for one thing!).  So, I’ve made arrangements … Read More

Mary’s Monkey

As one of my personal projects, I am scanning and correctly, archivally storing the family collection of papers and documents.  Yesterday I scanned a collection of 400 post cards dating from 1908 to 1920. One little series mentioned soap, so I read it carefully … and I just have to share: Mary has a little Monkey Just as cute as it … Read More

Myth: Soap Labels Aren’t Regulated

One of the myths that I still frequently hear is that “I can put whatever I want on my soap labels because they aren’t regulated.”  I believe that particular myth got started because of the “soap exemption” in the FDA’s definition of “cosmetic”: A product, except soap, intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or … Read More

Bittersweet Weekend Trip

As a sort of pre-Memorial Day Weekend trip, Jere and I, accompanied by dogs Duke and Xena, went on a short jaunt north and then back down the coast.  It was a trial run with the dogs in the RV, to see if they (and we) would be able to do it.

It’s harder than you think

Running away from home in our new RV is turning out to be a little more complicated than one would think. So many things to consider and take care of. The biggest issue is getting rid of all our STUFF, since it won’t fit in the RV!  The good news is that we’re making progress.  The bad news … lots … Read More

FDA Warning Letters – Drug Claims for Cosmetics

I get notices when the FDA sends out warning letters and it seemed like there has been an increase in warnings to cosmetic companies for drug claims. So I checked. Yes – there definitely has been an increase. One would guess that the FDA is looking a little more carefully at the claims being made. So far in 2015, there … Read More

Personal Care Products Safety Act (2015)

On April 20th, 2015, Senators Diane Feinstein (D – CA) and Susan Collins (R – ME) introduced The Personal Care Products Safety Act (S. 1014), which, if passed, will update the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act as it pertains to cosmetics. There has been considerable discussion about various aspects of the bill and what its effects will be.  Several people … Read More

Running Away From Home in an RV

Last month, Jere and I announced to family our intention to get an RV and “run away from home,” living and working on the road as we travel around the US seeing the sights and visiting friends and family. Yesterday it became a lot more REAL.  I actually drove our new (to us) RV. Actually, it wasn’t as hard as I thought … Read More

Wildlife Society Award to Chandler Family Ranch

I was just informed that our ranch, of which I have been the Operations Manager for 12 years, has been awarded the Private Landowner Stewardship Award by the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society!  The award is one of two civic recognitions they give out annually.  From their website: “Private Landowner Stewardship Award “This civic award recognizes private landowners for implementing … Read More

Cosmetic & Drug Claims

Americans spend a lot of money on creams, lotions and other cosmetics that promise to improve their skin, hair and even eyelashes. But sometimes those promises go too far. So says a new page on the FDA website intended for consumers to inform them of the differences between drugs and cosmetics.  In my opinion, they’re right. 

What is the “Common Name”?

The FDA has said that the “common name”1 is required for cosmetic ingredients. But what does that mean, exactly? Let me tell you the story of the Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and INCI names. Once upon a time … Back in the 1970’s, a book called the Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary (CID) was published by the Cosmetic Toiletries and Fragrance Association, a US … Read More

Unpackaged Cosmetic Products

We all know that the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act requires that all consumer products (including cosmetics) have the identity of the product and the net contents on the front, the name and address of the manufacturer somewhere on the label.  Cosmetics also require the ingredients to be listed. Here’s a question that has come up more than once:  How … Read More