More on Product Claims

The FDA continues to cite claims for ingredients and claims in referenced publications as claims for the product itself as noted in my earlier post, FDA Cracking Down on Cosmetic Product Claims. A warning letter issued May 16th, to Matrix Health Products, is a good case in point. While the products are nutritional supplements, not cosmetics, what’s interesting is what the FDA … Read More

Botanical Names in Ingredient Declarations

There has been considerable discussion over the years on how botanicals should be listed in the ingredient declaration for cosmetics. Based on some fairly recently posted information on the FDA website, it is now clear that common names are required, and when used as a secondary listing, Latin names are accepted. Although the “INCI name” (which usually means the Latin name) … Read More

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 Cracking Down On Cosmetic Product Claims

Based on the warning letters the FDA sent to manufacturers of cosmetics in the last year (especially the last 4 months), the FDA is starting to crack down on some of the claims being made for cosmetics. I looked through all of the warnings for cosmetics and some of the warnings for food supplements and made some surprising discoveries.

Ingredient Labels for Soap

Soap has some interesting labeling issues when it comes to the ingredient declaration.  It can be a chameleon – a consumer commodity, a cosmetic, an insecticide or a drug. Whether or not the ingredient declaration is required, and what is required to be in it, depends on what is is in the eyes of the how the soap is made … Read More

Nova Studio Classes – October 14

I will be at the Nova Studio on Sunday, October 14th giving two classes – one on Soap and Cosmetic Labeling and the other on Good Manufacturing Practices. You can see the details for the Soap and Cosmetic Labeling class here.  We’ll be covering all of the basics of labeling.  The class will be hands-on, and all attendees are encouraged … Read More