Life Unconnected and Offline

On June 28th our internet service provider shut down.  Since that time we’ve been essentially unconnected and offline (dial-up only).  It’s made life, well, “interesting”.  As I write this I am in my car, parked on the landing above my house, laptop plugged into a car-lighter converter, connected to the internet using my Xoom tablet as a wi-fi hotspot.  The … Read More

Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011

The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 was introduced June 24th. I’ve reviewed the bill and have been following all the discussions. Unfortunately, it seems to have somewhat polarized the handcrafted soap community – surprising since we all want essentially the same things … to be able to run our businesses, make safe soaps and cosmetics and not be overly regulated … Read More

Good Manufacturing Practices – Part 3

In this 3rd installment, we’ll take a look at the records required to meet the standards required in the Good Manufacturing Practices Guidelines/Inspection Checklist. Like I say about labeling, “It isn’t COMPLICATED, but it is DETAILED.”  If you have your raw materials correctly logged and labeled, and your recipe/formulation with the procedures written out (see Part 2), then you already … Read More

Good Manufacturing Practices – Part 2

In this continuation of my series on Good Manufacturing Practices for small cosmetics manufacturers, we’ll look at the recommended practices for handling raw materials, production and laboratory controls.  (See Good Manufacturing Practices – Part 1 for the first of the series.)

Good Manufacturing Practices – Part 1

This is the first of a series of posts on the subject of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for cosmetics, especially as applicable to making handcrafted cosmetics in small batches. The Regulations Cosmetics are sort of the bastard-child when it comes to GMP regulations. Both drugs and food have GMP standards set out in the regulations, but cosmetics do not. However, … Read More

Florida Cosmetic Regulations

At the 2011 HSMG Conference in Miami there was discussion amongst the many soapmakers from Florida who had concerns about a “new bill” that passed in the Florida 2010 Legislative Session. It piqued my interest and, knowing that Florida already had extensive regulations covering cosmetic manufacturers, I did a little research. Here’s what I found out …

Drug Claims and Lip Balm

I just returned from the 2011 Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild Annual Conference in Miami. It was terrific! This year I went as a speaker and a vendor, and had time to enjoy some of the other speakers and presenters. I loved seeing Barbara Corcoran and had the privilege of having breakfast with her and several of the HSMG directors. Barbara is … Read More

My New Soap & Cosmetic Recipe Book!

I am very excited to announce that I have written a new book! It’s just in the final stages and will be released at the HSMG 2001 Annual Conference in Miami in May. It’s over 300 pages, and contains over 500 recipes for cold process soap, different types of cosmetics and scent blends. The recipes come from my extensive collection … Read More