Category: Terminology

  • What is INCI?

    Key Words to Know 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 The International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients is a list of the standardized and internationally accepted names (called “INCI Names”) that should be […]

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  • What does ADULTERATED mean?

    In the US, you can make cosmetics without getting prior approval of the product, the ingredients, or the formulation. What you can’t do is sell (or put out for sale) a product which is adulterated or misbranded. That’s illegal. Most states have also adopted a similar law, so it’s also illegal at a state level. […]

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  • What is the PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL?

    In labeling, the size and placement of the principal display panel determines where certain information must be placed and what size the text must be. Key Words to Know Principal Of a thing: first, chief, most important. Display Panel A separate or distinct part of a surface on which information can be shown. Which brings […]

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  • What is a DRUG?

    Drugs of all types are around us every day. There are a number of different ways to define a “drug”.  Here we’re going to take a look at the definitions of “drug” and how they apply when you are making handcrafted soap and cosmetics (or other products). The word drug comes from the Middle French […]

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  • What are INCIDENTAL INGREDIENTS?

    We all expect the ingredient declaration in cosmetics to be accurate and include all the ingredients in the product. However, in certain circumstances, “incidental ingredients” may be left off the list. It’s a loophole that can sometimes be abused.

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  • What is a COSMETIC?

    Cosmetics have been around since, well, forever.  People have probably always tried to apply stuff to their face and body to look better, although Cleopatra is probably the earliest and best known woman to take the the application of cosmetics to a true art form.  The words cosmetic and cosmetics trace their history to the […]

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  • What is LABELING?

    When you start to learn about what it takes to legally label your soap and cosmetic products, you may not realize that within the laws and regulations there is a very specific definition of labeling. It’s not what you would expect it to be, and it’s not a definition you can get by looking in […]

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  • What is a LABEL?

    One frequent point of confusion when it comes to understanding the labeling laws and regulations is exactly what is meant by the word label. The problem is that there are several regular English definitions for label, each one meaning a slightly different thing AND there is a definition of label that is used in the […]

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