Marie Gale

Hi, I’m Marie Gale.

For over 15 years I’ve been researching and following the world of laws, regulations, standards and guidelines for the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry. What started as a personal quest to understand soap and cosmetic labeling for my own products has grown into a deep understanding of the myriad of requirements that are handcrafted soap and cosmetics makers are subject to.

My personal passion to assist others to understand and follow the labeling and other requirements grew out of all that research. If I had my way, no handcrafter would ever experience the stress and heartache of unwittingly running afoul of the the laws and regulations.

There is peace of mind in knowing that your are compliant with the applicable regulations. I’m here to help you achieve that stress-free relationship with your products and your business.

Thank you for answering my question. I really appreciate your straight-forward answer. I have not been able to get one before. Sure made a difference to me. … Thank you again for someone who watches out for us. Depending on your very timely research is so refreshing. Thank YOU! — Liz


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    Why Does the FDA Exist?

    The FDA recently uploaded a new video, “Why Does the FDA Exist?” to their YouTube channel. It’s gives some interesting insight into how the FDA came into being and why.

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  • Elimination of Non-Compete Agreements

    Elimination of Non-Compete Agreements

    The FTC just announced that they are proposing a Non-Compete Clause Rule. Under the proposed rule, employers would be completely banned from entering into a non-compete agreement with any type of worker.

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  • Ringing in 2023

    Ringing in 2023

    As we ring in the New Year, it’s a time for reflection and resolutions to make the next year even better than the last. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?

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  • Cosmetic Legislation Passed

    Cosmetic Legislation Passed

    On December 23, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the 4,500 page Omnibus Spending Bill. It includes the “Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022” which updates the cosmetic law for the first time in over 50 years.

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  • GMP – How Bad Can It Get?

    GMP – How Bad Can It Get?

    Dollar Tree, Inc. and its subsidiary Family Dollar Distribution, Inc. recently received a letter from the FDA about violations in their distribution facility. How bad can GMP get? Pretty amazingly disgusting!

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  • Don’t Be a Copycat

    Don’t Be a Copycat

    I recently went looking online for a few product pictures to use as good examples of product labels. What I found were lots of bad examples.

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Label Review

If you want another set of (experienced) eyes on your label to make sure it meets all the requirements, I can do that. Label reviews take about a week and you get a report covering all the pertinent points, plus a summary of what you should address (if anything). Label reviews are a flat price per label (discounts available if you have several labels to be reviewed).


Brochures, signage, and website copy all play a part in the regulations that apply to your product. I can review your copy and let you know if there is anything that you should address to make sure you are in compliance. Phone consultations also available if you just have questions you want answered. Consultations are on an hourly basis (minimum 1/2 hour).

I want my labels to be as close to compliant as I can get them. I took advantage of your label review service and can’t thank you enough for your expert advice. It was money well spent! — N.M.


The Navigating book just arrived yesterday and I am literally blown away! SOOOOOOO comprehensive! I am thrilled to have this as a VALUABLE resource! I can’t thank you enough! Your friendship, guidance and support is just a literal treasure to me! I have been having to learn on the job every. single. day and knowing you are there and using your tools has been absolutely invaluable! — P.L.