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  • Ethyl Alcohol (Ethanol)

    In cosmetic ingredient naming, “alcohol” is the INCI name for ethyl alcohol (ethanol). Ethyl alcohol – also called grain alcohol – is the consumable kind of alcohol. It’s naturally produced by the fermentation of sugars, from which we get all sorts of alcoholic beverages; beers, wines and hard liquors. It can also be produced synthetically […]

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  • Talc

    As an ingredient in cosmetics, talc has been under some scrutiny for years now. I’ve recently done a survey of the current information about talc, and here’s what I found out. Talc was originally used as “talcum powder” – the original body or baby powder. Now it has many uses in cosmetics and other personal […]

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  • Made in the USA

    [Updated Feb 14, 2022]  to include additional information about non-USA sourced packaging materials.] If you want to make the claim that a product is “Made in the USA” you must comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s “Made in the USA” policy. The FTC enforcement is based on its general authority to act against deceptive acts […]

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  • Ohio Regulations – 2021

    In Ohio, cosmetic manufacturers must be inspected prior to start of operation. NOTE: This post supercedes our Cosmetic Regulations – Ohio post from 2015. The Ohio Department of Agriculture recently published (June 2021) a Cosmetics webpage containing the requirements for a cosmetic manufacturer to get their facility inspected. There is also downloadable pdf1The pdf linked […]

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  • The Importance of Good Manufacturing Practices

    Sometimes it’s easy to think that keeping in Good Manufacturing Practices when making cosmetics is just a good idea — a “suggestion” rather than a “rule”. I suppose that idea is reinforced by the fact that cosmetic GMP isn’t actually in the regulations, it’s a “guidance”. Events of the past several months have shown that […]

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  • What is INCI?

    IMPORTANT TERMS: Nomenclature: The words and terminology specific to a particular subject or area of study. Botanical: Related to plants; a part of a plant. INCI: International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. It is a list of the standardized and internationally accepted names (called “INCI Names”) that should be used in the declaration of ingredients on […]

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