What is a COSMETIC

Cosmetics have been around since, well, forever.  People have probably always tried to apply stuff to their face and body to look better, although Cleopatra is probably the earliest and best known woman to take the the application of cosmetics to a true art form.  The words cosmetic and cosmetics trace their history to the Greek language.  However, it wasn’t … Read More

FDA Warning Letters: Products Containing CBD

The FDA sent out 15 warning letters last week to companies that are illegally marketing products containing CBD.  I thought it might be interesting to take a look at what the FDA is going after and why. The FDA’s Position First, let’s review the FDA’s position on the marketing of products containing CBD. The FDA has acknowledged what we all … 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

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

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