Mary’s Monkey

Posted in: Soapmaking & Soap Trivia

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

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

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

Posted in: Life & Travels

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

Posted in: Life & Travels

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

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

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)

Posted in: Legislation & Regulation

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

Posted in: Life & Travels

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

Posted in: Life & Travels

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

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

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”?

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

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