So far I've only been making soap as a hobbie for friends and family, but eventually I'd like to start selling it. What do I need to know/do to sell soap legally? Are there any regulations i need to know? Any advice/links would be helpful.
mandys said:In the UK all soap recipes have to be certified by a chemist, including each variation on fragrances and colurs etc....and labelling is strict you have to have all the ingridients in latin and a batch number and the manufacturers details - it works out really costly to get just a few recipes certified.
Great pointers, Tab! Thank you!!!Tabitha said:The best thing to do is research your questions at the FDA website. There are no real clear cut directions or instructions. It is all up for interpretation.
I can tell you that you are required to list a phrase similar to "The saftey of this product has not been determined by the FDA" And I would also list something to the effect of "If irritation or redness occurs discontinue & consult your doctor."
As with any buisness you must get a tax ID number so you can collect & pay sales taxes.
You are required to list all of your ingredients on all of your products in order of largest % to smallest %. You need to list your ingredients by their INCI names & not just in common terms. For instance, you should not list Spanish Lavender as Spanish Lavender Oil, You have to list it as Lavandula hybrida (Lavandin) Oil. You can place the common name in perenthesis in the center of the INCI name so everyone knows what it is. Few people know the INCI names.
Hope this helps, it is at least a starting point for you.