What are INCIDENTAL INGREDIENTS

We all expect the ingredient declaration in cosmetics to be accurate and include all the ingredients in the product. However, in certain circumstances, “incidental ingredients” may be left off the list. It’s a loophole that can sometimes be abused. When labeling your own products it is very important to know and understand what may or may not be omitted from … Read More

Essential Oil Companies Rated

I recently came across an in-depth and detailed article published by ConsumersAdvocate.org which reviewed and rated 11 different essential oil companies. The authors found adulteration in 30% of the EO samples analyzed! Eleven companies were randomly selected for review. The website and materials of each company were reviewed for factors pertaining to: Quality & Testing Consumer Education Safety Sustainable Sourcing … Read More

What is a COSMETIC

Cosmetics have been around since, well, forever.  People have probably always tried to apply stuff to their face and body to look better, although Cleopatra is probably the earliest and best known woman to take the the application of cosmetics to a true art form.  The words cosmetic and cosmetics trace their history to the Greek language.  However, it wasn’t … Read More

What is LABELING

When you start to learn about what it takes to legally label your soap and cosmetic products, you may not realize that within the laws and regulations there is a very specific definition of labeling. It’s not what you would expect it to be, and it’s not a definition you can get by looking in a regular dictionary. BUT, it’s … Read More

What is a LABEL?

One frequent point of confusion when it comes to understanding the labeling laws and regulations is exactly what is meant by the word label. The problem is that there are several regular English definitions for label, each one meaning a slightly different thing AND there is a definition of label that is used in the actual regulations and laws. Knowing … Read More

What is a CONSUMER COMMODITY?

Consumer and Commodity are both regular English words, defined in a good dictionary.  A Consumer Commodity is an important term that is defined by law. Consumer: A person who purchases goods or services. Commodity: Something that is bought and sold. Consumer Commodity: A product customarily distributed for retail sale for use by consumers or for the performance of services at … Read More

Florida Regs – 2019 Recap

[Updated July 11, 2019 to include a section on Inspections and a link to the actual regulations for the requirements that must be met.] Of all the subjects I get asked about, making cosmetic products in Florida is close to the top of the list because they have the most stringent regulations for cosmetic manufacturers. That being the case, I … Read More

FDA & Social Media

NOTE: This post is not specifically about handcrafted soap and cosmetics, but more about FDA enforcement generally. The Food Drug and Cosmetic Act defines the “label” as the written printed or graphic matter on the immediate container of a product and “labeling” as all written, printed, or graphic matter accompanying an article at any time. The FDA has authority over … Read More