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.

  • 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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  • What is INCI?

    Key Words to Know Nomenclature The words and terminology specific to a particular subject or area of study. Botanical Related to plants; a part of a plant. INCI International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients The International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients is a list of the standardized and internationally accepted names (called “INCI Names”) that should be […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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.

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  • 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 […]

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  • Label Review – Trader Joe’s Foam Soap (Video)

    Let’s check out the package and label of a bottle of Trader Joe’s Botanical Bounty Foaming Hand Soap!

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