Category: Good Manufacturing Practices
Posts over the years covering good manufacturing practices for soap and cosmetic handcrafters.
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!
10 Ways to Improve Your Quality Control
“Quality control” is all about finding each little thing you can do to maintain control over the quality of your products. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to improve your quality control. 1. A good formulation First and foremost, you need to have a good formulation that results in […]
Intended Use – Know Before You Go
It is the intended use of the product that determines what it is. Oddly enough, it can be the exact same product formulation, but it could be classed as different types of products depending on what you say is its intended use. What is it? If the intended use is… To cleanse and it is […]
What’s the Worst That Could Happen?
I’ve talked in the past about the dangers and pitfalls of making medical claims for soap and cosmetic products. I’ve also covered how claims for the ingredients or consumer testimonials can be interpreted as claims for the product. Over and over, handcrafters have asked me: “What’s the worst that could happen?” An Amish handcrafter named Sam Girod had […]
Quest for the Perfect Pickle and GMP
This last week has been shaped by the bounty from our garden. When the tomatoes, peas, beans, zucchini and cucumbers are ripe, they get picked NOW … it’s not something that can be put off for a day or two. Of course, having the picked vegetables means that you have to do something with them […]
Monday Mailbag – August 11, 2014
It’s been a quiet week, this week. Must be summer; it’s such a temptation to get out there and enjoy the wonderful weaterh! Personally, I’ve been working in the garden and canning, drying and freezing produce for the pantry! Here are the questions for this week.
Monday Mailbag – August 4, 2014
In this Monday Mailbag we have questions concerning the size of the net weight wording, getting started with GMP, handling incidental ingredients, INCI names and website software. What are the size requirements for the net weight? The size of the text for the net weight is dependent upon the size of the principal display panel. […]
Monday Mailbag – Natural, Pesticides, Using Wine or Beer in Cosmetics, the “e” symbol
One of the things I love about the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry is how so many people are willing to share and help others. I’m a member of a number of Facebook groups covering different aspects of soap and cosmetics and I am always inspired by the amount of care that the members have […]
Monday Mailbag – Patents, Sunscreen, Certification, Private Label and Hydrogenated OIls
This is the first of my new blog post series, Monday Mailbag, in which I’ll answer soap or cosmetic labeling or GMP related questions that have been sent to me. We’re starting out with an eclectic mix this week – from patenting soap to how to list hydrogenated oils in the ingredient declaration. If you […]
FDA Issues New Draft of Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practices Guidelines
The FDA recently announced that they have issued a new draft guidance on good manufacturing practices for cosmetic products. This new draft is an update to the existing “Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Guidelines/Inspection Checklist“. According to the Introduction: “This document provides guidance to industry and other stakeholders on the FDA’s current thinking concerning what constitutes Good […]
Good Manufacturing Practices – Where to Start?
If you already make a good product, then you already have the beginnings of your good manufacturing practices in place. Much of what’s included in GMP is common sense – a clean space, checking and double checking your ingredients and measurements to make sure they are correct, mixing correctly, checking temperatures when necessary, etc. But […]
Labeling of In-Process Materials
Running all through Good Manufacturing Practices guidelines is a theme of label, label, label. Label incoming materials. Label containers of raw materials. Label containers of measured ingredients when making a batch. Label bulk materials ready to be packaged. In other words, label everything as you go! Why? Because if you rely on “remembering” what’s what, […]