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  1. LilyJo


    Hi The one loads of people use is Cosmetic Safety Assessmenrs but you are looking at 3+ weeks for a response to an email and the same again for the assessment. You can try naturally balmy for a premade recipe or soap posh but you are tied to their recipes/fragrance. Expect to pay about £180...
  2. LilyJo

    Lye & Labels ????

    My apologies, I completely misread your comment about the cost of assessments.
  3. LilyJo

    Lye & Labels ????

    I wasnt going to respond to this thread again given it seems to have deteriorated into a slanging match but I do want to stick up for uk regs, laws. Whilst I understand you may be a chemist and believe you are complying with the law, I trust you are registered to provide safety assessments...
  4. LilyJo

    Fragrance oil

    You can only use a max of 3% if you are selling (personal use is different) or the max recommended amount as listed on IFRA, whichever is lower. Essential oils are different, each oil can gave its own max amount and some are less than 1%.
  5. LilyJo

    Lye & Labels ????

    I have to say reading the US responses to legislation and labelling makes me smile. We cannot sell without a cosmetic safety assessment, your physical address must be on labels, ingredients are always INCI names and listed as provided by a cosmetic chemist. Oh and you must have a physical...
  6. LilyJo

    I made a boob with my lye solution

    Unless you have a septic tank you can put in down the sink. Sodium hydroxide is often used as drain cleaner
  7. LilyJo


    At the risk if showing my ignorance, what is a pierogy? We don't have them in the UK..
  8. LilyJo

    Milk Candles

    My only thought was why? What does the milk add to candle??
  9. LilyJo

    CP Soap seems much more expensive to make than melt and pour?

    You can't compare the two like for like, they are very different products and have very different appeal. You don't really need fancy oils to create a good soap but its not something that's cheap either. You need to factor in oils, lye, water, fragrance, colour, your time as well as overheads...
  10. LilyJo


    You will need to familiarise yourself with CLP as well as the standard legal niceties such as weights etc.
  11. LilyJo

    EO usage rate in dry ingredients

    Yes,3-5% of total ingredients.
  12. LilyJo

    EO usage rate in dry ingredients

    You could work on standard skin safe 3% and see if that's strong enough - if it was me I would be heading for 3-5% depending on the EO but it also depend on if I could calculate allergens for CLP as well.
  13. LilyJo

    Fragrance Oil Concentration Question

    Yes in general they're taking 4-6 weeks even if you go direct to the assessors!
  14. LilyJo

    Fragrance Oil Concentration Question

    Sorry I should have said, the dosage is their recommendation only.
  15. LilyJo

    Fragrance Oil Concentration Question

    I was literally just reading something else on this.. Uk rules are max of 3% unless IFRA limit is less. If the IFRA is less that's what you have to use. But for some products even 3% could be too much if the FO is strong. I would say you could use 3% of this but if the assessor (who...
  16. LilyJo

    Fragrance Oil Concentration Question

    Regardless of IFRA levels, CPSR are really strict on fragrance levels and there is no way we could use 6% in the UK - depending on the products and the allergens its generally between 1-3%. For some FO and EO it can be less than 1 %
  17. LilyJo

    Soap size

    Loving getting back to soaping and I finally have a selection of new recipes that work for me and that I use daily. My dilemma is I am in the final stages of choosing which 6-8 fragrances and colours to get assessed for sale but I keep changing my mind on designs - so I thought I would ask...
  18. LilyJo

    Time to Introduce Myself

    Welcome - my only comment is SMF is international and for many members outside (and inside) the US,references to God can be really alienating - me included! Enjoy your soaping, its definitely addictive!
  19. LilyJo

    How much EO in massage bar?

    As its a leave on product the max usage in the UK is 1% but much less for some ingredients.
  20. LilyJo

    Paraffin or Soy Wax

    I prefer the cleanup with soy, like the soft, muted colours plus I can use it in my soap - saves buying extra ingredients!