Finally My Labeling eClass is Available!

For all the people who have asked me to put together an actual eClass, I am so excited announce that my eClass is now – finally – available to one and all at The Nova Studio!!!  It’s been months in the making and I’m extremely proud of the finished product. Rather than do one long lecture-type video, we decided to … Read More


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 care products – to absorb … Read More

Made in the USA

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 and practices and applies to claims made on product labels as well as statements in labeling, advertising, promotional … Read More

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 to in this blog post … Read More

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 GMP failures can have a … Read More

What is INCI?

Important Terms Nomenclature: The words and terminology specific to a particular subject or area of study. Botanical: Related to plants; a part of a plant. “INCI” stands for the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. It is a list of the standardized and internationally accepted names (called “INCI Names”) that should be used in the declaration of ingredients on cosmetic and … Read More

FDA Policy Change on Hand Sanitizers

On October 12th, 2021, the FDA announced they are withdrawing their temporary policies allowing manufacturers who were not drug manufacturers to produce certain alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Background In the US (and elsewhere) hand sanitizers are drugs, usually over-the-counter drugs. They must be manufactured by approved drug manufacturers, in registered, inspected and approved facilities. The product must follow one of several … Read More

Ingredient Declarations for Soap (US Only)

There has been a lot of discussion over the years about whether an ingredient declaration is required on soap products. Let’s take another look. Applicable Laws There are several acts and laws that apply to the labeling of soap and cosmetics, including the requirements of an ingredient declaration on the product label. Fair Packaging and Labeling Act The Fair Packaging … Read More