New Book! Navigating the Rules & Regs

[Updated July 18, 2022] I am so pleased and excited to announce release of my new book, Navigating the Rules & Regs: A Practical Guide for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters! If you’ve wondered where I’ve been the last few months… well, I’ve been researching and writing like crazy.

This new book covers labeling, but also the myriad of other rules and regulations you might run into in the course of making and marketing your products. It answers the questions that you didn’t even know you had; gives you the information you didn’t know you needed.

For example,  did you know that…

… the “synthetic mica” used in some blended colors isn’t approved as a color additive? It should be listed with the regular ingredients in the ingredient declaration, and should be listed as “synthetic fluorphlogopite”?

… non-cosmetic soap intended for children must be tested and certified before it can be sold–but there is an exemption for small businesses?

… if an employee, friend, or family member tweets or posts about your product, they need to disclose their relationship?

… email you send promoting your products MUST contain a way to unsubscribe and you must stop mailing to them within 10 days if they do unsubscribe (but you can still send transactional emails about an order or their account)?

The list goes on and on! In fact, the book had to be large size (8 1/2 x 11) and over 500 pages to fit everything in. There are over 150 separate topics and checklists to help you figure out what you need to know based on what you are selling or marketing and how you are doing it. There’s also an index, so you can quickly locate specific details, a glossary of terms used and defined in the topics, a complete bibliography, and several appendixes of full documents referenced in the book. Each topic also has references listing the primary sources for the data so you can learn more if you need or want to.

The Navigating book just arrived yesterday and I am literally blown away! SOOOOOOO comprehensive! I am thrilled to have this as a VALUABLE resource! I can’t thank you enough! Your friendship, guidance and support is just a literal treasure to me! I have been having to learn on the job every. single. day and knowing you are there and using your tools has been absolutely invaluable! — P.L.

Purchase Options

The paperback edition is available for purchase at Amazon.

Special Signed & Numbered Hardbound Limited Edition

Based on earlier requests, I am offering a special limited & signed HARDBOUND edition of the book.  It can be purchased directly from me here.

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16 responses to “New Book! Navigating the Rules & Regs”

  1. Val

    Hi, I just found out about your work 2 days ago and am eager to get your new book. I’m not seeing the paperback version on Amazon. Do you know when that will be available?

    1. Marie Gale

      It’s not available on Amazon yet. As a special deal, it is only available through the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild Store (with a discount!) through June. Then I’ll put it up on Amazon. And, of course, special edition, signed & numbered hardbound copies are still available from me directly.

  2. Deliris Perez

    Hi Marie I order my book on May 9 and there is a error on my email. I had corrected so I thought and was not able to go back a revise it. I have no ideas of the status of my order can you please give me an update I order the hard copy with signature.

    1. Marie Gale

      Hi Deliris – I’ve emailed you with the shipping and tracking information. Most of the books have been delivered, but you should get the book in a few days.

  3. Hello are you offering a download version? I’m trying to perfect my labels and dont want to do it wrong

    1. Marie Gale

      No, no download version. You can order the special edition (hardbound, signed, numbered) now. The regular paperback will be available soon.

  4. I trite to buy your new book, but the link isn’t working. You’re such an inspiration! I appreciate all the information in all your writings to help us get it right!

    1. Marie Gale

      Thanks. I love helping! Try this link for the special edition: Navigating the Regs

      I don’t have a link for the regular paperback yet. It will be released on May 15th and I’ll post the link to the Amazon page as soon as it is live.

  5. Marie will we receive an email when this book is shipped. I did pre order but wasn’t sure. As the receipt doesn’t say much but from Square or where shipping to. And I am excited to receive the book and read it.

    1. Marie Gale

      Yes. You will receive a notification when they are shipped. Depending on when I receive them, they will be shipped on May 10th or around May 18th (the HSCG Conference is in the middle there, and I will be in Kansas City).


    So excited about this new book. There is so much to know and having this will truly help. Thank you Marie for all that you do to help others.

    1. Marie Gale

      You are welcome. And thanks for ordering the special limited signed edition! The revenue from the limited edition will tide me over for the 3 months until I get my first royalty from Amazon!

  7. I am so excited about this book. You already brought of things in your description I hadn’t even considered. I can’t wait to get my copy and have in my studio library.

    1. Marie Gale

      Yes, there is a lot to consider! The limited signed edition is still available. Its sales are helping cover my costs of getting the book out there.

  8. Wonderful news Marie! Such needed information. As Vanessa expressed, it is truly challenging for those of us who live in Florida. I’m looking forward to my hardbound copy of your book. Thank you!

  9. Vanessa

    Oh that’s truly awesome! With all the rules and regulations especially being in Florida I’m giving this one last year before I throw in the towel. It’s just so limiting and hard to do. I would rather sell food products people ingest in their body since it seems it’s not as hard to do 🙂

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