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  • New Book! Navigating the Rules & Regs

    New Book! Navigating the Rules & Regs

    [Updated June 14, 2022] I am so pleased and excited to announce the upcoming release of my new book, Navigating the Rules & Regs: A Practical Guide for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters! If you’ve wondered where I’ve been the last few months – well, I’ve been researching and writing like crazy. This new book covers […]

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  • Natural Ingredients and Products

    Natural Ingredients and Products

    So far, the FDA has declined to provide a formal (in regulations) definition of the term “natural” as applied to cosmetics (or food). That said, there are some standards that can guide when the claim of “natural” is appropriate (that is, not false or deceptive) for a cosmetic product. FDA – Food While there is […]

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  • Parabens in Cosmetic Preservatives

    Parabens in Cosmetic Preservatives

    Parabens are a class of preservatives including methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and ethylparaben (and 17 more). They are commonly used preservatives which form the basis of several commercial preservative blends including Germaben(TM) II and Liquapar(TM). Paraben Safety Parabens have been used in cosmetic (and other) products for over 100 years.However, there have recently been safety concerns […]

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  • Plastic Microbeads

    Plastic Microbeads

    Plastic microbeads are prohibited for use in rinse-off cosmetics. If a rinse-off cosmetic contains plastic microbeads, it is adulterated (and therefore illegal).1 21 USC 331(ddd) Definition: A plastic microbead is any solid plastic particle that is less than 5 millimeters in size and is intended to be used to exfoliate or cleanse the human body […]

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  • Rubbing Alcohol

    Rubbing Alcohol

    The term “rubbing alcohol” originally referred to alcohols that were applied to the body rather than drunk as a beverage. Especially during Prohibition, when consumable alcohol was illegal, the distinction was important. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the United States Pharmocapeia (USP) define two different formulas for rubbing alcohol that […]

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  • Isopropyl Alcohol (Isopropanol)

    Isopropyl Alcohol (Isopropanol)

    Isopropyl alcohol (also called 2-propanol or isopropanol) is a colorless, clear, flammable liquid with a strong and recognizable odor. It is made from propylene (also called propene) which comes from petroleum.  Isopropyl alcohol is often also referred to as “rubbing alcohol” although it is not the only type of rubbing alcohol. It is highly poisonous […]

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