More About “Natural” Claims

Posted in: Legislation & Regulation

The FDA doesn’t regulate the term “natural” for cosmetics, but the FTC has taken action against deceptive claims of “all natural” cosmetics under their authority over “deceptive practices.” Who Has Authority? When it comes to cosmetic products, their safety and labeling, the FDA has authority. But as an interesting historical note, when the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act was updated … Read More

What about Glitter?

Posted in: Legislation & Regulation

Oooh, pretty! Shiny! Sparkles! Glitter! But can you put it in soap or cosmetics? The FDA regulates color additives that may be used in cosmetics, and “glitter” is not on the list.  In fact, the FDA says that glitter is not an approved color additive. BUT, you can see glitter in all sorts of commercial cosmetic products … so what’s … Read More

Soap: the Chameleon

Posted in: Legislation & Regulation, Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

Soap is a chameleon – it can be many things depending on what you claim it can do. It is the CLAIM that determines what the product is, and that, in turn, determines what REGULATIONS/LAWS apply. Soap can be a drug: if you make claims that it (or any of the ingredients in it) is intended to treat physical issues (eczema, … Read More

Lawsuits Over “Organic” Cosmetics

Posted in: Legislation & Regulation, Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

Babyganics is now the last in a long line of cosmetic companies sued for false advertising over organic-type claims.  Last month there were two suits filed against Babyganics, one for falsely advertising and implying their products are organic and one by a mom who alleged that her toddler sustained chemical burns from Babyganics tear-free shampoo. I wrote a couple of years … 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

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

New FDA Webpage for Handcrafters

Posted in: Legislation & Regulation

The FDA has published a new webpage that is directed to cosmetic handcrafters. It’s the Small Businesses & Homemade Cosmetics: Fact Sheet, which can currently be found in the Cosmetics section of the FDA website, under “Resources for You” > “Industry“. Just to clarify, nothing has changed; there are no new regulations.  This is just a new page on their … Read More