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

Are you helping hackers?

Are you putting your personal accounts at risk? Lately I’ve seen a lot of quizzes and surveys in my Facebook feed. It scares me the amount of personal information that is being shared without thinking it through. You know those shared the posts that have lists of questions so your friends can get to know you better? What’s your favorite … Read More

FDA Warning Letters Over CBD

Three of the FDA warning letters in the past week have been concerning products containing CBD. Looks like they are starting enforcement activities in this area. All three of the warning letters (to PotNetwork Holdings, Advanced Spine and Pain, and Nutra Pure) cited similar violations. Drug Claims Claims that the product would treat or mitigate various diseases, aches and pains, … Read More

Hemp Oil & Seeds

As a follow-up to my previous post, What About CBD Oil?, I have been asked about the status of hemp oil and seeds. The FDA has approved hemp seed oil, hemp seed protein powder and hulled hemp seed as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) for use in food products. There should be no problem using them in any cosmetic product … Read More

What about CBD Oil?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of the many compounds found in the cannibis plant. It is non-intoxicating, but many claim it has significant physical benefits. “Hemp” and “marijuana” have been lumped into the same category since the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act and the 1970 Controlled Substances act. However, last December the 2018 Farm Bill was passed by US Congress, … Read More

For Members of the HSCG

I am very pleased to announce that I am now an official “HSCG Expert” and as such I have my very own page in the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild How-To Library. You can find tons of information on soap and cosmetic labeling and good manufacturing practices (and more to come!) In addition, I am providing my Label Review services … Read More

New Year’s Resolutions – Check Your Labels!

With the New Year come New Year’s resolutions. Besides the old standbys to lose weight, eat better, exercise more, and reduce stress, how about a new one this year — review your product labels to make sure they are compliant with the regulations!  Eliminate the stress you might have from wondering whether your products would get quarantined if the FDA … Read More