Don’t Be a Copycat

I recently went looking online for a few product pictures to use as examples of particular aspects of the label requirements. I thought a simple Google search for “bath tea” and a scroll through the images would easily provide me with what I needed.

Hah!

What I found was that nearly every product label was incorrect in some way or another. If you want your label to be compliant with the regulations, learn what the basic label requirements are for yourself. Don’t use other cosmetic product labels as your guide.

What’s Wrong With These Pictures?

Any one of these labels would be a really lousy example to copy.

Note that my comments here are JUST about the labels themselves. The claims made in the content of the web pages describing and selling them is a completely different subject. See They Do It…Why Can’t I?

For sale at Etsy ($12.67)

No net weight; no product identity.


For sale at Pottery Barn ($13.99)

Net weight too small and not located in bottom 30% of principal display panel.
Ingredient name in product name.


For sale at Honey Pot Wax Studio ($3)

No net weight.


For sale at Etsy ($16)

No net weight. Ingredients in wrong order.
Wrong ingredient name for Epsom Salt (should be magnesium sulfate).


For sale at The Philosphie ($22)

No net weight.


For sale on eBay ($10.95)

No net weight. Ingredient names (?) in product name.


For sale at Moonbath ($20)

Net weigh incorrectly stated (and maybe incorrect).

It says 2 baths .66 oz (is that each? or total weight in package?). The website says “8 fl oz” which is also an incorrect statement (although it might be the size of the container).


For sale at Etsy ($14)

No net weight. Ingredient order likely wrong (epsom salts listed last).


The Bottom Line

The labeling regulations — especially those covering the net weight — are in place for a reason … so the consumer can make an accurate value comparison between products. The prices of these products are all over the place. It’s hard to do an accurate comparison without knowing how much is in the actual package!

If you want your label to be compliant with the regulations, learn what the basic label requirements are for yourself. Don’t use other cosmetic product labels as your guide.

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