Street Address – Your Choices

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

Even though the requirements for the street address on the label are pretty clear cut, it still seems to be an issue for those working out of their homes. The street address IS required on the product label, but may be omitted under certain circumstances (the city, state and zip code are always required).  The regulations that define those “certain … Read More

“Love” Isn’t an Ingredient

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

The FDA has finally stated, clearly and definitely, that “love” isn’t an ingredient … at least in granola. Recently the news and social media have been filled with articles about the FDA’s recent warning letter to a bakery in Concord, Massachusetts, in which they were cited for (amongst other things), including “love” which is “not a common or usual name … Read More

Minimum Risk Pesticides

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

The EPA website has been updated since the last time I looked at it. It still wasn’t too easy to find the Minimum Risk Pesticides page, but once I found it, I discovered it was much clearer and easier to understand than before the updates. Of course, the information and regulations haven’t changed – but it is a little easier … Read More

FTC updates business address requirements

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

The FTC has issued the final rule for updating some aspects of their labeling regulations, including the requirements for the business name and address. Note that these revised regulations will apply to non-cosmetic items, including to soap that is exempt from the definition of a cosmetic (see Soap, the Chameleon). The updated regulation concering the business name and address is updated … Read More

Net Weight … Again

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

As you can probably imagine, I am on a lot of Facebook groups. I see many, many pictures of labeled soap and cosmetics. People send me soap labels to look at; they ask for my advice. I have a label review service. The net result is that I see a HUGE number of labels. Why do I mention that? Because … Read More

Another FDA Warning Letter

Posted in: Legislation & Regulation, Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

The FDA just published a warning letter  to a cosmetic manufacturer in St. Louis.  Once again, the FDA reviewed the website and cited drug claims: “…the claims on your website establish that the products are drugs under the … Food Drug and Cosmetic Act … because they are intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease … Read More

Net Contents Big Enough?

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

I have a wonderful Facebook feed and see an amazing number of soaps.  All sorts of soaps … cold process, hot process, melt & pour, swirled, layered, piped, molded, embossed, stamped – you name it! I also see packaged soaps galore.  While the traditional cigar band label is most common, soapmakers have also put together some different kinds of very creative … Read More

Hybrid Soap Ingredient List

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

Some stunning hybrid soap can be made by combining two different types of soaps into one artistic bar. The problem is, how do you figure out the ingredient declaration when you have a CP soap with MP soap embeds (or vice versa)?

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