Soap and Cosmetic Business Start-up 101

Starting a new soap and cosmetic business?  You will most likely need to meet the same requirements as any other new business.  Here are some registrations that may apply to you.    Business Licenses Contact your city’s business license department to find out about getting a business license, which essentially grants you the right to operate a business in that city. When …

Product Liability Insurance for Soap and Cosmetics

No matter your business, you should have product liability insurance in this day and age.  Not only does it make you look like a professional company, but it protects you and your business against potential liability claims against your products. When people sue large companies like McDonald’s for having hot coffee, which is clearly marked as such, then you are just as likely to be …

Basics of Soap and Cosmetics Labeling

Properly labeling your soap and cosmetics is important for both consumers and your business. Let’s take a look at some of the rules and what you can do to make sure you are compliant with government regulations. Required on All Products   Regardless of what you sell from soap to candles, every product should be labeled with the name of the product, the identity of …

Going Natural – Part 5 – Choosing Organic Ingredients

Organic can be defined as of or involving the use of fertilizers or pesticides that are strictly of animal or vegetable origin and raised or conducted without the use of drugs, hormones, or synthetic chemicals. Regulations regarding organic products are strictly enforced by the USDA in the United States. Other countries have government organizations that oversee organic certifications in their …

Going Natural – Part 3 – Using Fairly Traded Ingredients

Besides helping the environment by purchasing oils that do not promote deforestation or the destruction of habitats, helping under developed countries obtain fair wages for ingredients needed for your products is another positive approach for your business. Remember that you need the farmers/ gatherers, processors, and more to get the ingredients you need to make your products. One such organization …

Becoming Sustainable - Other Side Palm Oil Debate

Going Natural – Becoming Sustainable – The Other Side of the Palm Oil Debate

Becoming Sustainable In a recent post, we discussed sustainability. Here is a brief synopsis to get you up to speed if you missed the article. A sustainable business is a company that leaves no negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy. The business strives to ensure that all processes, products, and manufacturing activities adequately address …

The Search for Sustainability in Soap Making

The Search for Sustainability in Soap Making

Sustainability Sustainability means “to endure.” A sustainable business is a company that leaves no negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy. The business strives to ensure that all processes, products, and manufacturing activities adequately address current environmental concerns and that it “meets the needs of the present world without compromising the ability of the future …

Promoting Your Natural Products - Organic & Sustainable Defined

Promoting Your Natural Products – Organic & Sustainable Defined

Organic While the term natural continues to be disputed, organic is a term that is strictly regulated. In fact, many people are simply not aware of how strict these regulations are and bath and body companies often make claims of their products that are not legally permissible. It is therefore, very important to understand organic certification. Organic can be defined …

Promoting Your Natural Products - Part One - Natural Defined

Promoting Your Natural Products – Part One – Natural Defined

Marketing and promoting your natural bath and body products is important to developing a strong, financially stable business. Marketing advice can be gleaned from many prominent business websites and books, therefore it is important to constantly look for new ideas, trends, and guidance to keep up with the most cutting edge ideas for promoting your company. This article is not …

Natural Ingredient Terms, Regulations & Governing Explained 6 - Final

Natural Ingredient Terms, Regulations & Governing Explained 6 – Final

Since some of the terms (natural, organic, fair trade, sustainable) discussed in these recent posts are regulated, you should further educate yourself about the appropriate use of the terms on your packaging and advertisements. For unregulated terms, it is a good practice to educate your customers on how your business meets these terms since many consumers are realizing that these …