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 a high-quality product.  Product formulation … Read More

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 marketed only as “soap” It … Read More

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 his products seized (see U.S. … Read More

Book Availability

As you may have heard, I announced that Jere and I are planning to “run away from home” in our new (to us) RV.  It’s actually happening! All goes well, we’ll be heading out next Monday, August 10th. Obviously, I can’t be stocking and shipping books while we’re on the road (not enough storage space, for one thing!).  So, I’ve made arrangements … Read More

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 before they go bad – … Read More

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. If the PDP is less … Read More

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 Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for cosmetics.”

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 if you are ready to … Read More

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, you are open to the … Read More

Master Formulas – Not Just Ingredients

Master Formulas are a key part of Good Manufacturing Practices.  They’re more than just a list of ingredients; they document what makes your products uniquely yours. Your Master Formulas should contain every step, trick and technique you use to make your product – and it should be written in sufficient detail that someone with reasonable familiarity with making that type … Read More

Nova Studio Classes – October 14

I will be at the Nova Studio on Sunday, October 14th giving two classes – one on Soap and Cosmetic Labeling and the other on Good Manufacturing Practices. You can see the details for the Soap and Cosmetic Labeling class here.  We’ll be covering all of the basics of labeling.  The class will be hands-on, and all attendees are encouraged … Read More

How & Why to Keep Lot Numbers

Last week The Nova Studio posted a great post, Why You Should Care About Lot Numbers, detailing their experiences on finding out that  San Francisco Herb & Natural Food Company in Fremont, CA had  a bad rodent infestation & was recalling over a dozen of their products that may have been infested with droppings. The news report on it includes a list of … Read More