Category: Legislation & Regulation

  • Soap: the Chameleon

    Soap is a chameleon – it can be many things depending on what you claim it can do. It is the CLAIM that determines what the product is, and that, in turn, determines what REGULATIONS/LAWS apply. Soap can be a drug: if you make claims that it (or any of the ingredients in it) is intended […]

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  • Lawsuits Over “Organic” Cosmetics

    Babyganics is now the last in a long line of cosmetic companies sued for false advertising over organic-type claims.  Last month there were two suits filed against Babyganics, one for falsely advertising and implying their products are organic and one by a mom who alleged that her toddler sustained chemical burns from Babyganics tear-free shampoo. I […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Toxic Substance Control Act Reform 2016

    If you’re following chemical news, you may have heard that reforms of the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 were just signed into law by President Obama.  A pretty concise summary of the changes in existing law is available here. In very, very brief summary, the revisions to the TSCA passed in 1976 include giving the […]

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  • International Cosmetic Laws

    While most of my writing has been on the subject of United States regulations, the truth is that nearly all major countries have very comparable laws when it comes to labeling soap and cosmetics. The US is a bit more lenient when it comes to soap, and to registration and pre-approval. The reason for the […]

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  • Cosmetic Regulations – Louisiana

    Louisiana is another state that has some regulations for cosmetic manufacturers over and above what the FDA requires. I recently did some looking into the laws and regulations for Louisiana. Dept of Health and Hospitals The Food and Drug Unit in the Office of Public Health under the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals seems […]

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  • ISO Issues Natural and Organic Cosmetic Guidelines

    In February this year, the International Standards Organization issued ISO 16128-1, Guidelines of technical definitions and criteria for natural and organic cosmetic ingredients and products (available to purchase here).  The description of the guidelines says: ISO 16128-1:2016 provides guidelines on definitions for natural and organic cosmetic ingredients. In addition to natural and organic ingredients, other ingredient […]

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  • New FDA Webpage for Handcrafters

    The FDA has published a new webpage that is directed to cosmetic handcrafters. It’s the Small Businesses & Homemade Cosmetics: Fact Sheet, which can currently be found in the Cosmetics section of the FDA website, under “Resources for You” > “Industry“. Just to clarify, nothing has changed; there are no new regulations.  This is just […]

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  • Cosmetic Regulations – Ohio

    A woman recently contacted me and told me that a representative of the Ohio Department of Agriculture had told her that cosmetics couldn’t be made “at home” and she’d need to be licensed in order to make or sell cosmetics. Is that correct? Umm, no, not at all. Updated 9 November 2021 Cosmetic manufacturing facilities […]

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  • Personal Care Products Safety Act (2015)

    On April 20th, 2015, Senators Diane Feinstein (D – CA) and Susan Collins (R – ME) introduced The Personal Care Products Safety Act (S. 1014), which, if passed, will update the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act as it pertains to cosmetics. There has been considerable discussion about various aspects of the bill and what its […]

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  • Proposed Revisions to Labeling Regulations under the FPLA

    Update:  The final rule was published in the Federal Register, but the online federal regulations have not yet been updated (See FTC updates business address requirements) The Federal Trade Commission is looking to update their regulations under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, and “modernize the place-of-business listing requirement.”  These are the regulations that apply to […]

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  • Monday Mailbag – Smoothies, Trade Secrets, Essential Oils and Links to Regulations

    More interesting questions from readers this week. Smoothies in soap, trade secrets, essential oils, links to regulations and more. Please feel free to email me your questions to hello@mariegale.com! If you make soap and use a smoothie (i.e. Green Machine or Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness) as water replacement, how would you label it? These products […]

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