Net Contents Clear Space

Clear space is required around the net contents.

The net contents section of your soap or cosmetic labels must be clear and unobscured. This means there needs to be clear space around the net contents; above, below, and to both sides. The amount of clear space is based on the size of a capital N in the font used; the height of one capital N above and below, and the width of two capital N’s on each side.

For most soap and cosmetic packages over 2 oz, the net contents must be 1/8 of an inch high

If you use all upper case letters, the height must be 1/8 inch. That means you’ll need 1/8 inch above and below.

If you use upper and lower case letters, the lower case “o” must be 1/8 inch tall and the capital N will be taller than that, so you’ll need more than 1/8 inch above and below. Depending on the font, it could be as much as 1/4 inch!

Use all upper case letters in your net content statement, and allow 1/8 above and below.

Note that the amount of space to the left and right will still depend on the font used. Condensed (narrow) fonts will require much less room than wide or expanded fonts.

Soap and Cosmetic Labeling cover

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2 responses to “Net Contents Clear Space”

  1. Hello! How do I navigate making skincare out of my kitchen while owning a dog in PA? I’m very meticulous but am I able to keep my dog in another part of the house while I make products and still be within regulation?

    1. Marie Gale

      The most important factor is making sure that you have procedures in place that ensure that your product won’t become adulterated because of the dog. If you are certain that what you are doing keeps your products from becoming contaminated, then do that and document it. If you’re not absolutely sure, then figure out somethat that you are sure of.

      If you get inspected, you’ll probably need the procedures written and to show that you follow them.

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