Label Basics: Things You Should Know

Over the years I’ve written many posts about all aspects of soap and cosmetic labels, labeling, regulations, laws and things of general interest. However, it’s been a while since I’ve gone back to basics. This is the start of a new series of posts covering label basics. Over the series I will be taking it back to the fundamentals – … Read More

What is LABELING

When you start to learn about what it takes to legally label your soap and cosmetic products, you may not realize that within the laws and regulations there is a very specific definition of labeling. It’s not what you would expect it to be, and it’s not a definition you can get by looking in a regular dictionary. BUT, it’s … Read More

What is a LABEL?

One frequent point of confusion when it comes to understanding the labeling laws and regulations is exactly what is meant by the word label. The problem is that there are several regular English definitions for label, each one meaning a slightly different thing AND there is a definition of label that is used in the actual regulations and laws. Knowing … Read More

What is a CONSUMER COMMODITY?

Consumer and Commodity are both regular English words, defined in a good dictionary.  A Consumer Commodity is an important term that is defined by law. Consumer: A person who purchases goods or services. Commodity: Something that is bought and sold. Consumer Commodity: A product customarily distributed for retail sale for use by consumers or for the performance of services at … Read More

Frankincense: Not So Sustainable

Frankincense has been used for thousands of years as a medicine, as a perfume or incense, and in religious practices. It is harvested from various species of Boswellia trees, which are native to the Arabian Peninsula (Oman, Yemen) and northeastern Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia). The industry provides income to millions of people. The problem is that Francincense is produced by the … Read More

Florida Regs – 2019 Recap

[Updated July 11, 2019 to include a section on Inspections and a link to the actual regulations for the requirements that must be met.] Of all the subjects I get asked about, making cosmetic products in Florida is close to the top of the list because they have the most stringent regulations for cosmetic manufacturers. That being the case, I … Read More

FDA & Social Media

NOTE: This post is not specifically about handcrafted soap and cosmetics, but more about FDA enforcement generally. The Food Drug and Cosmetic Act defines the “label” as the written printed or graphic matter on the immediate container of a product and “labeling” as all written, printed, or graphic matter accompanying an article at any time. The FDA has authority over … Read More

FDA Site Update

If you’ve gone to the FDA website in the past week or so, you probably noticed that they site has been updated and now looks completely different. According to their website, they are changing over to a new “more modern” WCMS (Website Content Management System), the biggest benefit of which is that it will be easy to view the site … Read More