California Cosmetic Regulations Updated

Two bills concerning cosmetic manufacturing in California have been working their way through the legislative process.  California Governor Jerry Brown just signed AB 2775 on Sept 14th, and SB 1249 went to the Governor on September 12th.  What does it mean for handcrafted cosmetics? AB 2775 – Professional Cosmetic Labeling California AB-2775 requires that all cosmetics that are “for professional use … Read More

Are Your Product Claims Fake News?

You may have heard that Google, Facebook and other social media sites are trying to figure ways to weed out fake news before it makes its way into the wild. That they are using a combination of artificial intelligence, computer algorithms and live human reviews to decide what’s real and what’s fake. That they have started banning the sites and … Read More

Making Cosmetics in Connecticut

Connecticut is one of the states that has permit, license and inspection requirements for businesses that make cosmetics (officially called “cosmetic manufacturers”). While these laws and regulations have been on the books since at least 2009 (probably earlier), according to one person making handcrafted cosmetics they have only started to be enforced on small and handcrafted businesses within the last few … Read More

An Almond Doesn’t Lactate

Last month, pointing out that “almonds don’t lactate,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that the FDA will soon issue a new guidance on the use of the term “milk.” Currently milk is defined as “the lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows” or goats.1 Let’s put that all together. Since … Read More

Are Your Color Additives Legal?

As I’ve discussed in previous posts (here,  here and here) color additives are a major concern for the FDA. Certain color additives are subject to certification by the FDA before they can be used. Using one of those colors that is NOT certified causes your product to become “adulterated” (and therefore illegal to sell). So how do you know if … Read More

If One, Then All?

“If you put one ingredient on your soap label, you have to list them all” is an idea is being bantied around a lot lately.  But is it true? As with most questions about legal stuff and regulations … yes … and no. Cosmetics If the product is a cosmetic, then the answer is a resounding YES. Not only do … Read More

Natural Colorants, More

Since my last post about natural colorants I’ve gotten some questions about using ingredients that change the color of the soap or cosmetic but that really wasn’t the point of the ingredient. Lets review the definitions.  I’m just including the important bits, and bolding the really important bits. Color Additive Any material that is capable of imparting a color to … Read More

Natural Colorants for Soap & Cosmetics

For most people making and selling handcrafted soap and/or cosmetics “natural colorants” means ingredients such as herbs and spices that will change the color of your product.  If you do a Google search for “natural colorants” you will find articles, posts, messages, books, webinars and more detailing the many ways you can make beautiful and colorful products without the use of … Read More