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

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

Herbal Entrepreneur Conference 2021

I am so honored to be included in this year’s Herbal Entrepreneur Conference being held virtually March 21 – March 27th! This is the 3rd annual. My session, “What You Need To Know About Labelling Herbal Products” will be on March 23rd at 11AM (PST). The conference goes for a week with speakers every day. There are several tracks addressed … Read More

What does ADULTERATED mean?

In the US, you can make cosmetics without getting prior approval of the product, the ingredients, or the formulation. What you can’t do is sell (or put out for sale) a product which is adulterated or misbranded. That’s illegal. Most states have also adopted a similar law, so it’s also illegal at a state level. So what, exactly, makes a … Read More


In labeling, the size and placement of the principal display panel determines where certain information must be placed and what size the text must be. Principal: Of a thing: first, chief, most important. Display Panel: A separate or distinct part of a surface on which information can be shown. Principal Display Panel (PDP): The part of a label that is … Read More

Cosmetics vs Non-Cosmetics Requirements

Cosmetics are products which are applied to the human body to beautify, promote attractiveness or cleanse. Non-cosmetic products are ones that aren’t applied to the human body (paper towels, toilet paper, laundry soap, diswashing detergent, etc.) They may touch the human body, but they aren’t applied with the intent of cleansing, beautifying or promoting attractiveness. Body/face/hand soap is, by default, … Read More