What Must Be On A Label

When you make cosmetics like lotion, lip balms, or face masks, what should you put on your label?

Soap & Cosmetic Labeling by Marie Gale

Marie Gale, in her book “Soap & Cosmetic Labeling,” outlines what you need to know in Chapter 4. (This book is an excellent reference that belongs on every maker’s shelf!)

Product identity is required on every consumer commodity. This is simply a declaration of what the product is, like soap, lotion, etc. If your product has a unique name, such as Hawaiian Vacation for a bar of soap, you must include that the product is soap.

Also required is the net quantity of the contents. This must be on the principal display panel of the outer packaging (if any) and on the label on the immediate container. There are requirements for the size of the type based on the size of the principal display panel.

Finally, you must include the name and place of the business.

Cosmetics further require a declaration of ingredients on the informational panel of the outer packaging. It is not required on the inner container. This must include all ingredients contained in the product, and type size is based on the size of the principal display panel.

Please read Chapter 4 in “Soap & Cosmetic Labeling” for all the details not expanded upon here.

No one wants to get themselves in hot water over their handcrafted cosmetics, so do yourself a favor and learn what’s required. This book is an unparalleled resource for just that!

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About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

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