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

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 an hour down the road).  We pulled up by the Allure Wedding Chapel and proceeded to GET … 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

ISO Issues Natural and Organic Cosmetic Guidelines

Posted in: Legislation & Regulation, Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

In February this year, the International Standards Organization issued ISO 16128-1, Guidelines of technical definitions and criteria for natural and organic cosmetic ingredients and products (available to purchase here).  The description of the guidelines says: ISO 16128-1:2016 provides guidelines on definitions for natural and organic cosmetic ingredients. In addition to natural and organic ingredients, other ingredient categories which may be necessary … Read More

What’s the Worst That Could Happen?

Posted in: Good Manufacturing Practices, Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

I’ve talked in the past about the dangers and pitfalls of making medical claims for soap and cosmetic products. I’ve also covered how claims for the ingredients or consumer testimonials can be interpreted as claims for the product. Over and over, handcrafters have asked me: “What’s the worst that could happen?” An Amish handcrafter named Sam Girod had his products seized (see U.S. … Read More

What Suppliers Will (and Won’t) Tell You

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

When you make cosmetics, you are required to declare on the label all of the ingredients in descending order of predominance.  In addition, unlike food, you must list all of the components of a blended ingredient individually in correct order in the ingredient declaration.  If you purchase, for example, a preservative that has several component ingredients, they ALL must be … Read More

Melt & Pour Soap: Soap or Cosmetic?

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

I’m often asked if melt and pour soap is a soap or a cosmetic.  The answer, to quote one of my favorite law blogs1, is “it depends.” Definitions It all comes down to definitions, and the word “soap” has several. Sometimes they overlap, and sometimes they are completely different. General Definition The common or general definition of soap found in … Read More