Net Contents – Weight and Volume

All products sold to consumers, including soap and cosmetics, require the net contents to be placed on the label. In this post, we’re going to discuss how you measure the net contents and how it should be worded on the product label. There are two different ways to measure products for sale – by volume and by weight. Measuring by … Read More

What is a DRUG?

Drugs of all types are around us every day. There are a number of different ways to define a “drug”.  Here we’re going to take a look at the definitions of “drug” and how they apply when you are making handcrafted soap and cosmetics (or other products). DRUG (Common) A substance with intoxicating, stimulant, or narcotic effects used for cultural, … Read More


We all expect the ingredient declaration in cosmetics to be accurate and include all the ingredients in the product. However, in certain circumstances, “incidental ingredients” may be left off the list. It’s a loophole that can sometimes be abused. When labeling your own products it is very important to know and understand what may or may not be omitted from … Read More

Essential Oil Companies Rated

I recently came across an in-depth and detailed article published by which reviewed and rated 11 different essential oil companies. The authors found adulteration in 30% of the EO samples analyzed! Eleven companies were randomly selected for review. The website and materials of each company were reviewed for factors pertaining to: Quality & Testing Consumer Education Safety Sustainable Sourcing … Read More

What is a COSMETIC?

Cosmetics have been around since, well, forever.  People have probably always tried to apply stuff to their face and body to look better, although Cleopatra is probably the earliest and best known woman to take the the application of cosmetics to a true art form.  The words cosmetic and cosmetics trace their history to the Greek language.  However, it wasn’t … Read More

FDA Warning Letters: Products Containing CBD

The FDA sent out 15 warning letters last week to companies that are illegally marketing products containing CBD.  I thought it might be interesting to take a look at what the FDA is going after and why. The FDA’s Position First, let’s review the FDA’s position on the marketing of products containing CBD. The FDA has acknowledged what we all … Read More


When you start to learn about what it takes to legally label your soap and cosmetic products, you may not realize that within the laws and regulations there is a very specific definition of labeling. It’s not what you would expect it to be, and it’s not a definition you can get by looking in a regular dictionary. BUT, it’s … Read More

What is a LABEL?

One frequent point of confusion when it comes to understanding the labeling laws and regulations is exactly what is meant by the word label. The problem is that there are several regular English definitions for label, each one meaning a slightly different thing AND there is a definition of label that is used in the actual regulations and laws. Knowing … Read More