Making Cosmetics in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is apparently another state that has specific requirements for cosmetic manufacturers. They’ve been on the books for a number of years (at least partially) but apparently haven’t been enforced much until just recently. The information available online is somewhat contradictory, but it does look like they do expect all cosmetic manufacturers to register. Registrations are under the Pennsylvania Department … Read More

Finally My Labeling eClass is Available!

For all the people who have asked me to put together an actual eClass, I am so excited announce that my eClass is now – finally – available to one and all at The Nova Studio!!!  It’s been months in the making and I’m extremely proud of the finished product. Rather than do one long lecture-type video, we decided to … Read More

Herbal Entrepreneur Conference 2021

I am so honored to be included in this year’s Herbal Entrepreneur Conference being held virtually March 21 – March 27th! This is the 3rd annual. My session, “What You Need To Know About Labelling Herbal Products” will be on March 23rd at 11AM (PST). The conference goes for a week with speakers every day. There are several tracks addressed … Read More

What does ADULTERATED mean?

In the US, you can make cosmetics without getting prior approval of the product, the ingredients, or the formulation. What you can’t do is sell (or put out for sale) a product which is adulterated or misbranded. That’s illegal. Most states have also adopted a similar law, so it’s also illegal at a state level. So what, exactly, makes a … Read More

What is the PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL?

In labeling, the size and placement of the principal display panel determines where certain information must be placed and what size the text must be. Principal: Of a thing: first, chief, most important. Display Panel: A separate or distinct part of a surface on which information can be shown. Principal Display Panel (PDP): The part of a label that is … Read More

Cosmetics vs Non-Cosmetics Requirements

Cosmetics are products which are applied to the human body to beautify, promote attractiveness or cleanse. Non-cosmetic products are ones that aren’t applied to the human body (paper towels, toilet paper, laundry soap, diswashing detergent, etc.) They may touch the human body, but they aren’t applied with the intent of cleansing, beautifying or promoting attractiveness. Body/face/hand soap is, by default, … Read More

Net Contents – Weight and Volume

All products sold to consumers, including soap and cosmetics, require the net contents to be placed on the label. In this post, we’re going to discuss how you measure the net contents and how it should be worded on the product label. There are two different ways to measure products for sale – by volume and by weight. Measuring by … Read More