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Five Steps to Effective Custom Cosmetic Labels

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Five Steps to Effective Custom Cosmetic Labels

Your grandmother’s home-made skin care cream was always your go-to product. You thought it was even more effective than many of the products available commercially, and you finally decided to do something about it. After a lot of work, testing and planning, you’re really going to do this. You plan to start small and see where the road takes you.

Even if you are just making a small quantity of jars that some of the health stores in your area have agreed to display, the custom cosmetic label for the product must be done right.

1. Choose the Right Language. Labels for any product that is sold in the United States must be written in English. Other languages can be included, but English is the requirement.

2. Include Your Ingredient List. Ingredients must be included on any cosmetic label for products sold in the United States. The ingredients must use the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) standards. The standards include more than 16,000 ingredients. If Granny used a rare ingredient, you can apply for an INCI name. There is a $200 fee and it will take 3-6 months for the INCI name to be assigned to your ingredient.

Make sure the ingredients are listed in the correct order, following these guidelines:

1. All ingredients that make up more than 1% of the total must be listed in order, starting from the highest percentage down to the lowest.

2. All ingredients that represent 1% or less of the total can be listed in any order.

3. Color ingredients should be listed last, regardless of concentration.

3. Display the Ingredients in the Correct Place. FDA requirements call for the ingredients to be listed on the principle display panel. Generally that means a place on the product itself for products sold without an outer container. For products that are sold in a box, for example, the ingredients must appear on the box, while there are different requirements for the inner container, meaning the container holding the product. You can see more information about placement here.

4. Use the Correct Font. The size of the font for the ingredient list must be no smaller than 1/16 of an inch, unless the packaging is extremely small, then 1/32 of an inch is permitted.

5. Include other Required Information. The other information includes the name of the product and manufacturer or distributor, the address of the manufacturer, net contents and any required warning statements.

These five steps are an overview of FDA requirements. For information specific to your situation, you need to refer to the Cosmetic Labeling Guide at the FDA.

We can help you with all kinds of custom cosmetic labels and labels for other health and beauty products. We provide many unique customization options and the high-quality printing you’ll need to make a splash on the shelves. Call us at 877-634-2621 if you need assistance, or feel free to order your custom labels online.

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