Using an “FDA Disclaimer” on Cosmetics

Several people have asked me about FDA disclaimers they see on packaging, websites and promotional materials that say: “This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” I’ve been asked if the same disclaimer can be used for claims made about cosmetics.   The answer is … Read More

Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013

On March 21st, 2013, Rep Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2103.  The text is now available at It has been referred to to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. This bill does contain provisions that will affect handcrafters and small businesses when it … Read More

FDA Final Rule on Detention of Food

On February 4, 2013, the FDA announced a final rule amending the criteria for administrative detention to prevent potentially unsafe food from reaching the marketplace. While this doesn’t apply to soap, cosmetics, forestry or small woodland ownership (my usual blog topics), there were some issues in that I just had to comment on.

Cosmetic Legislative Update

Three bills have been introduced this session that affect cosmetics – especially small soap and cosmetic manufacturers.  They are: HR 2359 – Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 HR 4262 – Cosmetics Safety Enhancement Act of 2012 HR 4395 – Cosmetic Safety Amendments Act of 2012 All are trying to address “cosmetic safety” in different ways.  There are some similarities between … Read More

Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011

The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 was introduced June 24th. I’ve reviewed the bill and have been following all the discussions. Unfortunately, it seems to have somewhat polarized the handcrafted soap community – surprising since we all want essentially the same things … to be able to run our businesses, make safe soaps and cosmetics and not be overly regulated … Read More

Florida Cosmetic Regulations

UPDATE (June 24, 2019) — For a concise summary of the most up-to-date details for Florida, see Florida Regs – 2019 Recap. At the 2011 HSMG Conference in Miami there was discussion amongst the many soapmakers from Florida who had concerns about a “new bill” that passed in the Florida 2010 Legislative Session. It piqued my interest and, knowing that … Read More

Something to be Said for “Natural”

There are definitely some advantages to sticking with natural soaps, cosmetics and other products you put on or in your body.  Studies show that women consume POUNDS of lipstick during their lives! Check out this video … but probably not on an empty stomach!