The MOMENT you stray away from soap, your product is considered a "cosmetic." Cosmetics have strict labeling requirements that are mandated by the FDA. While the FDA does not actually actively police small company labels, the laws have been set in place for YOUR protection. All companies have stumbled a bit to get to 100% compliance with these rules. I, myself, still have rogue labels here and there missing "directions."
- Label must cover at least 40% of the container (excluding top and bottom)
- Product name (can be fanciful, but then must also include a common name- like “sugar scrub”)
- Net quantity of contents (weight excluding container)
- Name and place of business
- Directions for safe use (if product can be misused)
- Ingredient font may not measure less than 1/16 inch in height
- ALL Ingredients are listed in INCI* name in descending order
- Exceptions to the INCI rule are ingredients that make up less than 1% of the total formula, fragrance, flavoring, and colorants. (You still need to SAY colorant, fragrance, preservative, etc., though.)
*INCI stands for International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. At the time of this blog writing, in the USA, it is still permissible to use more common names (CTFA editions 2-11) of ingredients on labels. HOWEVER, if a company wants to ship internationally- they need to use INCI codes. For an interesting summary of this topic, check out LotionCrafter's site.
But the point I am trying to make with this post is that you want to know that a company is AWARE of these regulations and working diligently to comply with them. It's simply the right thing to do. Consider what it could mean if a company's label is completely ignoring the FDA.
Do they have any IDEA that cosmetics have rules? If not (to be quite blunt), what business do they have making your skincare products? FDA labeling requirements are no secret and widely discussed and referenced in the industry. A person would have to literally wake up and start both a hobby and a business on the same morning. (Which is also scary, isn't it?)
Do they just not care? If they know and do not care, what does that suggest about their other business practices?
Again, we've all stumbled and we've all made mistakes. But you can still see when the effort is being made! =)
Happy bunny trails! Love, Jenna