Unpackaged Cosmetic Products

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

We all know that the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act requires that all consumer products (including cosmetics) have the identity of the product and the net contents on the front, the name and address of the manufacturer somewhere on the label.  Cosmetics also require the ingredients to be listed. Here’s a question that has come up more than once:  How … Read More

Proposed Revisions to Labeling Regulations under the FPLA

Posted in: Legislation & Regulation

The Federal Trade Commission is looking to update their regulations under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, and “modernize the place-of-business listing requirement.”  These are the regulations that apply to “true soap” that is exempt from the FDA definition of a cosmetic. The proposed change would amend 16 CFR 500.5(c) to read: (c) The statement of the place of business shall include … Read More

Helpful Pages from Updated FDA Site

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

The FDA continues to update their website, clarifying and making things more understandable.  I love the new articles as they are very clear and easy to understand (as well as many of them being targetted to small and emerging business).  The only thing is that they are a little hard to find … I still can’t figure out the categorization … Read More

Labeling Book 2015 Edition – Preorder

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

Well, it’s finally happened. I’m OUT OF STOCK on the 2nd Edition of the book (2010)! The 2015 updated 3rd Edition (I’m calling it the “purple edition”) is almost finished. I’m on the final round of edits and updates. In a way, it’s good that the project was delayed a bit because now I’ll be able to include information about … Read More

FDA Responds to HSCG PO Box Petition

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

As handcrafters, often working out of our homes, it’s always been an issue that the street address is required on the label unless published in a current  phone or city directory.  The HSCG just announced that the petition they filed with the FDA in 2012 to allow the use of a PO Box in lieu of street address, has received … Read More

Liquid Soapmaking by Jackie Thompson

Posted in: Soapmaking & Soap Trivia

Jackie Thompson’s long awaited book, Liquid Soapmaking, is finally here – and more than worth the wait. For those who make handcrafted soap bars, transitioning to making liquid soap can be daunting. While the chemistry is essentially the same, when it comes to the finished product, opaque bar soap is much more forgiving than liquid soap that should be completely … Read More

Cosmetic Claims and Required Approval

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

Recently there has been some discussion online (in a Facebook Group) as a result of a report of a conversation with someone from the FDA. The report was that this FDA representative said that if you wanted to use the word “moisturizing” to describe a soap, then your recipe would need to be submitted and evaluated for its composition of … Read More

FDA Sends Warning Letters to Two Essential Oil MLMs

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

I have posted numerous times, including here and here, about FDA warning letters concerning “drug claims” used for supposedly cosmetic products.  After those posts went up, I had a number of people tell me about several national companies selling essential oils that were making all sorts of claims, and asking why they could get away with it.  Apparently, they can’t … Read More

Updated Info on FDA site

Posted in: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

The FDA recently updated several pages on their website that have to do with cosmetics. The regulations haven’t changed, but it appears that they are continuing in their trend to making them more understandable (although it is still a bit difficult to find things when you need them). Here’s a brief overview of some of the pages that have been … Read More

Quest for the Perfect Pickle and GMP

Posted in: Good Manufacturing Practices, Life & Travels

This last week has been shaped by the bounty from our garden. When the tomatoes, peas, beans, zucchini and cucumbers are ripe, they get picked NOW … it’s not something that can be put off for a day or two. Of course, having the picked vegetables means that you have to do something with them before they go bad – … Read More