Tell me about making and selling "bath & body" products in the USA
September 23, 2013 11:46 AM Subscribe
I'm toying with the idea of branching out and adding a couple of mens' grooming products to my Etsy shop. Specifically, moustache wax and bay rum aftershave. What I need to determine next is whether it's worth the hassle to do so legally (and safely, of course.)
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It's easy enough to find recipes online, and there are certainly plenty of small, independent fragrance/moustache wax operations out there. What kinds of hoops (if any) would I need to jump through to do this legitimately? Not the business/tax end of things, but the FDA end of things. Given that people would be applying these substances to their skin and/or hair, I would do my utmost to produce everything in a sanitized fashion from well-sourced ingredients regardless... but is there any kind of licensing/registration/inspection/labeling process that is technically required? Insurance?
I have spent some time looking for specifics on Google and in the Etsy forums, and advice and information is all over the place, and frustratingly vague beyond not making any health claims about your product, which automatically puts you into patent medicine territory.
Short of mucking through the entire FDA web site, I have no idea where to begin. Most of the hobby perfume making web sites and blogs out there are about making scents or other products, not selling them. Can anyone recommend a good book (e-books are fine) or website that covers this aspect of making and selling fragrances and/or pomades? Thanks!