Soap & Cosmetic Labeling (2015)


While the regulations haven't changed, the FDA updated their website, and has clarified some information (such as the expected way to list botanical ingredients and the option to use a listing in an online phone directory to satisfy the requirements to omit the street address from the label).  This new edition (January 2015) includes this updated information, and also expands explanations given in various sections of the book based on questions I've received over the years.

It is available from various industry suppliers, , and from the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild, which offers a 25% discount on all books (including this one).

The book includes more background on what laws and regulations are in existence and which agencies enforce the rules for which products. This area has been somewhat confusing to many handcrafters, especially when differentiating between soap that is exempt from cosmetic regulations and soap that is considered a cosmetic. For general interest, there's a bit of history of the whys and wherefores of the laws and how they came to be.

The new edition also includes more pictures and diagrams to give examples of labeling options.  And much of the text has been edited to make it clearer, more readable, a more "plain English" and - hopefully - that much more understandable.

Lastly, there is a chapter covering OTHER (non-labeling) laws and regulations that could affect your business, and a checklist you can use to do a basic check on your labels to make sure they are in compliance.

This is an excellent reference source for figuring out how to follow the labeling rules and regulations for soaps, cosmetics and other consumer products. With plenty of examples along with diagrams and drawings of different types of labels it is easy to use and understand. There is a complete chapter devoted to soap labeling with explanations about some of the more complicated (and controversial) issues concerning labeling soap.

You just developed an awesome soap or cosmetic product. You gave it out to friends and family who raved about it and urged you to put it on the market. You checked on what that would take and that\'s when you hit the wall of rules and regulations. Thud!

Does that mean you\'ve hit a dead end? Absolutely not!

In Soap & Cosmetic Labeling, you\'ll find all the different rules and regulations that apply to labeling soaps and cosmetics and other related products clearly explained in plain English. As I\'ve said before, \"getting the labeling right isn\'t very complicated... but it is very detailed.\"

This book explains, in plain English, how to follow product labeling rules and regulations from:

  • Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act
  • Fair Product and Labeling Act
  • Uniform Weights & Measures Law
  • Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulations
  • State Laws

In addition, the appendixes include cosmetic color additives and their approved uses, INCI names for common ingredients, restricted and prohibited ingredients and metric conversion charts.

Whether you're an old hand or a newcomer to the business of soap and cosmetics, you'll find the information presented here clear and easy to understand, and Soap & Cosmetic Labeling an excellent guide through the maze of labeling regulations.