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What are the labeling guidelines for cosmetics?

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In general, your melt and pour soaps or other cosmetic product labels should follow the Fair Packaging and Labeling guidelines. This includes:

A statement to identify the product

  • e.g., melt and pour soap, lotion, bath bomb, etc.

The name of your business

The place of your business

  • You can see the full address requirements and exceptions here.

The net quantity of the contents

  • The measurement must be in both metric and pound units
    • For your cosmetics and melt and pour soaps this will mean including weight in ounces and in grams.

As part of the labeling requirements for bath/body products such as melt and pour soaps, you will need to list the ingredients on the label. Ingredients are required to be labeled in order of greatest to least. If you are using a melt and pour soap base, you can find the ingredients on the product page. The only thing you will add to that is "fragrance" and any colorants or additives that you used to the list. Please note that "fragrance" is all you need to include for any fragrance oils that you use as the exact ingredients are protected as trade secrets and not required to be listed.

 The rest of your label design and any information you choose to include is up to you! Be as creative as you want in order to make your products stand out and fit your branding.

While CandleScience does not assist in creating custom labels, our partnership with Avery extends a discount for all our customers on Avery label orders. You can read more about the Avery partnership here

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*NOTE: The information and resources provided are for labeling guidelines only and do not serve as legal advice. Always check local and state regulations to ensure that your products are labeled properly.


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