Category: Soap & Cosmetic Labeling

Blog posts that deal with soap and cosmetic labeling; addition information, questions asked and answered and updates as new information becomes known.

  • Unsaponified Oils in the Ingredient Declaration

    In a soap ingredient declaration you can list what goes INTO the pot, or what comes OUT of the pot. So what do you call the unsaponified oils?

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  • New Book! Navigating the Rules & Regs

    New book! Navigating the Rules and Regs is finished and available at Amazon!

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  • Natural Ingredients and Products

    So far, the FDA has declined to provide a formal (in regulations) definition of the term “natural” as applied to cosmetics (or food). That said, there are some standards that can guide when the claim of “natural” is appropriate (that is, not false or deceptive) for a cosmetic product. FDA – Food While there is […]

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  • Rubbing Alcohol

    The term “rubbing alcohol” originally referred to alcohols that were applied to the body rather than drunk as a beverage. Especially during Prohibition, when consumable alcohol was illegal, the distinction was important. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the United States Pharmocapeia (USP) define two different formulas for rubbing alcohol that […]

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  • Talc

    As an ingredient in cosmetics, talc has been under some scrutiny for years now. I’ve recently done a survey of the current information about talc, and here’s what I found out. Talc was originally used as “talcum powder” – the original body or baby powder. Now it has many uses in cosmetics and other personal […]

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  • Made in the USA

    [Updated Feb 14, 2022]  to include additional information about non-USA sourced packaging materials.] If you want to make the claim that a product is “Made in the USA” you must comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s “Made in the USA” policy. The FTC enforcement is based on its general authority to act against deceptive acts […]

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  • Ohio Regulations – 2021

    In Ohio, cosmetic manufacturers must be inspected prior to start of operation. NOTE: This post supercedes our Cosmetic Regulations – Ohio post from 2015. The Ohio Department of Agriculture recently published (June 2021) a Cosmetics webpage containing the requirements for a cosmetic manufacturer to get their facility inspected. There is also downloadable pdf1The pdf linked […]

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  • The Importance of Good Manufacturing Practices

    Sometimes it’s easy to think that keeping in Good Manufacturing Practices when making cosmetics is just a good idea — a “suggestion” rather than a “rule”. I suppose that idea is reinforced by the fact that cosmetic GMP isn’t actually in the regulations, it’s a “guidance”. Events of the past several months have shown that […]

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