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 to treat physical issues (eczema, … Read More

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 wrote a couple of years … 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

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 EPA authority – and a … Read More

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 similarities in labeling laws is … Read More

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 to have jurisdiction over not … Read More

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 categories which may be necessary … Read More

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 a new page on their … Read More