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

Unpackaged Cosmetic Products

We all know that the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act requires that all consumer products (including cosmetics) have the identity of the product and the net contents on the front, the name and address of the manufacturer somewhere on the label.  Cosmetics also require the ingredients to be listed. Here’s a question that has come up more than once:  How … Read More

Helpful Pages from Updated FDA Site

The FDA continues to update their website, clarifying and making things more understandable.  I love the new articles as they are very clear and easy to understand (as well as many of them being targetted to small and emerging business).  The only thing is that they are a little hard to find … I still can’t figure out the categorization … Read More

Labeling Book 2015 Edition – Preorder

Well, it’s finally happened. I’m OUT OF STOCK on the 2nd Edition of the book (2010)! The 2015 updated 3rd Edition (I’m calling it the “purple edition”) is almost finished. I’m on the final round of edits and updates. In a way, it’s good that the project was delayed a bit because now I’ll be able to include information about … Read More

FDA Responds to HSCG PO Box Petition

As handcrafters, often working out of our homes, it’s always been an issue that the street address is required on the label unless published in a current  phone or city directory.  The HSCG just announced that the petition they filed with the FDA in 2012 to allow the use of a PO Box in lieu of street address, has received … Read More

Cosmetic Claims and Required Approval

Recently there has been some discussion online (in a Facebook Group) as a result of a report of a conversation with someone from the FDA. The report was that this FDA representative said that if you wanted to use the word “moisturizing” to describe a soap, then your recipe would need to be submitted and evaluated for its composition of … Read More

FDA Sends Warning Letters to Two Essential Oil MLMs

I have posted numerous times, including here and here, about FDA warning letters concerning “drug claims” used for supposedly cosmetic products.  After those posts went up, I had a number of people tell me about several national companies selling essential oils that were making all sorts of claims, and asking why they could get away with it.  Apparently, they can’t … Read More

Updated Info on FDA site

The FDA recently updated several pages on their website that have to do with cosmetics. The regulations haven’t changed, but it appears that they are continuing in their trend to making them more understandable (although it is still a bit difficult to find things when you need them). Here’s a brief overview of some of the pages that have been … Read More