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

Our Trip So Far (September 2015)

Posted in: Life & Travels

Update April 2016: See our blog, Roaming the Back Roads, for further stories of our travel adventures. From Bend we worked our way (slowly) down to Pahrump, Nevada, where we had reservations in an RV park for 3 weeks.  Once we got a ways east, we were in what seemed like endless desert. Flat, hot, and going on and on … Read More

“Label” vs. “Labeling”

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

Is there a difference between the “label” and the “labeling” when it comes to soap and cosmetic labels? YES. (Well, mostly.) The FDA defines “label” and “labeling” for food, drugs and cosmetic products. The FTC defines “label” for consumer commodities other than food drugs and cosmetics. Most states have regulations that define “label” and “labeling” for food drugs and cosmetics. The … Read More

Our Trip So Far (August 2015)

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

Update April 2016: See our blog, Roaming the Back Roads, for further stories of our travel adventures. After 3 1/2 months on the road, I figure it’s time I post an update on what we’ve been doing and where we’ve been. (I’ll try to post more frequently … my goal is once a week, if there is anything interesting to … Read More

Soap Ingredient Declarations Revisited

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

I’ve covered this in earlier posts, but there are still questions. Does soap need an ingredient declaration? Does it have to meet the FDA regulations for cosmetic ingredient declarations? In this post I am addressing “true soap” that is EXEMPT from the FDA definition of a cosmetic.  That means: The bulk of the non-volatile portion consists of the alkali salt of fatty acids. … Read More

Blended Fragrances in the Ingredient Declaration

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

One of the options available for your cosmetic ingredient list is to use the term “fragrance” to cover any ingredient(s), blended or not, that are used to scent your product. But what if you use a blend of plant-based essential oils to provide scent, not synthetic “fragrance oils”? The rule still applies, but you have some additional options. The Regulations … Read More

Cosmetic Regulations – Ohio

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

A woman recently contacted me and told me that a representative of the Ohio Department of Agriculture had told her that cosmetics couldn’t be made “at home” and she’d need to be licensed in order to make or sell cosmetics. Is that correct? Umm, no, not at all. The Ohio Small business Development Center has a page about starting a business in … Read More

Book Availability

Posted in: Good Manufacturing Practices, Life & Travels, Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

As you may have heard, I announced that Jere and I are planning to “run away from home” in our new (to us) RV.  It’s actually happening! All goes well, we’ll be heading out next Monday, August 10th. Obviously, I can’t be stocking and shipping books while we’re on the road (not enough storage space, for one thing!).  So, I’ve made arrangements … Read More

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