I’ve covered this in earlier posts, but there are still questions. Does soap need an ingredient declaration? Does it have to meet the FDA regulations for cosmetic ingredient declarations? In this post I am addressing “true soap” that is EXEMPT from the FDA definition of a cosmetic. That means: The bulk of the non-volatile portion consists of the alkali salt of fatty acids. … Read More
One of the options available for your cosmetic ingredient list is to use the term “fragrance” to cover any ingredient(s), blended or not, that are used to scent your product. But what if you use a blend of plant-based essential oils to provide scent, not synthetic “fragrance oils”? The rule still applies, but you have some additional options. The Regulations … Read More
A woman recently contacted me and told me that a representative of the Ohio Department of Agriculture had told her that cosmetics couldn’t be made “at home” and she’d need to be licensed in order to make or sell cosmetics. Is that correct? Umm, no, not at all. The Ohio Small business Development Center has a page about starting a business in … Read More
As you may have heard, I announced that Jere and I are planning to “run away from home” in our new (to us) RV. It’s actually happening! All goes well, we’ll be heading out next Monday, August 10th. Obviously, I can’t be stocking and shipping books while we’re on the road (not enough storage space, for one thing!). So, I’ve made arrangements … Read More
As one of my personal projects, I am scanning and correctly, archivally storing the family collection of papers and documents. Yesterday I scanned a collection of 400 post cards dating from 1908 to 1920. One little series mentioned soap, so I read it carefully … and I just have to share: Mary has a little Monkey Just as cute as it … Read More
One of the myths that I still frequently hear is that “I can put whatever I want on my soap labels because they aren’t regulated.” I believe that particular myth got started because of the “soap exemption” in the FDA’s definition of “cosmetic”: A product, except soap, intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or … Read More
As a sort of pre-Memorial Day Weekend trip, Jere and I, accompanied by dogs Duke and Xena, went on a short jaunt north and then back down the coast. It was a trial run with the dogs in the RV, to see if they (and we) would be able to do it.
Running away from home in our new RV is turning out to be a little more complicated than one would think. So many things to consider and take care of. The biggest issue is getting rid of all our STUFF, since it won’t fit in the RV! The good news is that we’re making progress. The bad news … lots … Read More