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.

  • Net Contents – Weight and Volume

    All products sold to consumers, including soap and cosmetics, require the net contents to be placed on the label. In this post, we’re going to discuss how you measure the net contents and how it should be worded on the product label. There are two different ways to measure products for sale – by volume […]

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  • What is a DRUG?

    Drugs of all types are around us every day. There are a number of different ways to define a “drug”.  Here we’re going to take a look at the definitions of “drug” and how they apply when you are making handcrafted soap and cosmetics (or other products). The word drug comes from the Middle French […]

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  • 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.

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • What is a CONSUMER COMMODITY?

    The labeling laws are different for items that ARE consumer commodities than items that are NOT consumer commodities. Knowing if a product is classed as a consumer commodity will help you determine if certain laws or regulations apply or not. Key Words to Know Consumer A person who purchases goods or services. Commodity Something that […]

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  • 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. […]

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