Soap Ingredient Declarations Revisited

I’ve covered this in earlier posts, but there are still questions. Does soap need an ingredient declaration? Does it have to meet the FDA regulations for cosmetic ingredient declarations? In this post I am addressing “true soap” that is EXEMPT from the FDA definition of a cosmetic.  That means: The bulk of the non-volatile portion consists of the alkali salt of fatty acids. … Read More

Blended Fragrances in the Ingredient Declaration

One of the options available for your cosmetic ingredient list is to use the term “fragrance” to cover any ingredient(s), blended or not, that are used to scent your product. But what if you use a blend of plant-based essential oils to provide scent, not synthetic “fragrance oils”? The rule still applies, but you have some additional options. The Regulations … Read More

Cosmetic Regulations – Ohio

A woman recently contacted me and told me that a representative of the Ohio Department of Agriculture had told her that cosmetics couldn’t be made “at home” and she’d need to be licensed in order to make or sell cosmetics. Is that correct? Umm, no, not at all. The Ohio Small business Development Center has a page about starting a business in … Read More

Book Availability

As you may have heard, I announced that Jere and I are planning to “run away from home” in our new (to us) RV.  It’s actually happening! All goes well, we’ll be heading out next Monday, August 10th. Obviously, I can’t be stocking and shipping books while we’re on the road (not enough storage space, for one thing!).  So, I’ve made arrangements … Read More

Myth: Soap Labels Aren’t Regulated

One of the myths that I still frequently hear is that “I can put whatever I want on my soap labels because they aren’t regulated.”  I believe that particular myth got started because of the “soap exemption” in the FDA’s definition of “cosmetic”: A product, except soap, intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or … Read More

FDA Warning Letters – Drug Claims for Cosmetics

I get notices when the FDA sends out warning letters and it seemed like there has been an increase in warnings to cosmetic companies for drug claims. So I checked. Yes – there definitely has been an increase. One would guess that the FDA is looking a little more carefully at the claims being made. So far in 2015, there … Read More

Cosmetic & Drug Claims

Americans spend a lot of money on creams, lotions and other cosmetics that promise to improve their skin, hair and even eyelashes. But sometimes those promises go too far. So says a new page on the FDA website intended for consumers to inform them of the differences between drugs and cosmetics.  In my opinion, they’re right. 

What is the “Common Name”?

The FDA has said that the “common name”1 is required for cosmetic ingredients. But what does that mean, exactly? Let me tell you the story of the Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and INCI names. Once upon a time … Back in the 1970’s, a book called the Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary (CID) was published by the Cosmetic Toiletries and Fragrance Association, a US … Read More