Navigating the Rules & Regs is a must-have book for every professional personal care artisan and manufacturer as well as for crafters and students aspiring to sell their creations professionally.
Author: Marie Gale
Publisher: Cinnabar Press
Copyright:April 26, 2022
Number of Pages:506
ISBN: 0979594596 / 978-0979594595
From the Back Cover:
The journey from the hobby of making handcrafted soap and cosmetics to the realities of running a small business that is making, marketing, and selling products can be daunting. As I built my own soap and cosmetic business, I was constantly running up against some new law, regulation, standard, or guide that applied to what I was doing. Each time I felt blindsided?partly by the fact that I felt I should have known, and partly by the amount of work forced upon me by the new information.
CASE IN POINT: I assumed that since I was making my products in the USA, I could just put "Made in the USA" on my label. Not so much. In the course of looking up something or other, I stumbled on the "Made in the USA" RULE. (Surprise! there's a rule for that.) It's more than just that it's made in the USA, it's also where the ingredients come from. Who knew! I was then faced with a) feeling a bit dumb because I didn't know that and probably should have checked, and b) the work required to figure out where my ingredients really did come from (obviously my oil supplier in Portland, Oregon wasn't growing coconut oil there). It turned out that without some reformulation, I really couldn't claim my soaps met the full "Made in the USA" claim. I ended up adjusting it to say that they were "Made in the USA with US and imported oils."
And then there was the point when I discovered that my best-selling soap was scented with a List 1 Controlled Substance and apparently the DEA had come by to check on what I was up to. Or the time when I tried to deposit a check made out to my business name and ended up on a week-long quest to get all the necessary documentation to my bank. I'm not even going to mention wintergreen oil, rubber duckies, or glitter...
It's a little like sailing in new waters. You can get lucky, happily sailing along without any problems. Or, like most sailors, sooner or later you crash into nearby rocks and cliffs or run aground on the shoals, reefs and sand bars hidden just below the surface.
In this book I share my extensive research and experience, and map out the most likely obstacles and barriers you may encounter. My goal is to provide you with the information you need to safely avoid the hazards and steer clear of potential catastrophe for your business.
May you have clear sailing ahead!
About the Author (As Provided for Marie Gale's Previous Book, Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters:
Marie Gale is a self-professed computer geek who actually likes reading laws, statutes, regulations, court cases and old books. She probably would have been a lawyer or a chemist has things worked out differently. As it is, in 1998 she started making and selling handcrafted soap and cosmetics. Her tendency toward research of all kinds, led her to delving into labeling regulations, resulting in her book "Soap and Cosmetic Labeling" (2008). Involvement with the community of soap and cosmetic handcrafters and seeing the need for good manufacturing practices, brought about her book "Good Manufacturing Practices for Handcrafters" (2012). Her love of old books became the driving force behind her extensive library of antique and vintage books about the making and use soap and cosmetics, particularly those products made with natural ingredients. Wanting to share at least some of the amazing recipes available in her library, Marie published "300 Years of Natural Soap & Cosmetic Recipes" (2011). In 2015, Marie left it to the next generation to manage her family's timber ranch and set off to travel the country with the man of her life. During the time of the road, Marie continues to be active in the handcrafted soap and cosmetic community, doing website programming, and researching her family tree.
Table of Contents:
- 1. Reading The Map
- 2. Planning Your Route
- Topics A to Z
- Over 175 Important Topics are Covered Within This 382 Page Section
- Appendix A: Cosmetic Labeling Regulations
- Appendix B: Consumer Product Labeling Regs
- Appendix C: FDA Draft GMP Guidance