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rakubuttons,

How does the law define a cosmetic?

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act1 (FD&C Act) defines cosmetics by their intended use, as "articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body...for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance" [FD&C Act, sec. 201(i)]. Among the products included in this definition are skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup preparations, cleansing shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, and deodorants, as well as any substance intended for use as a component of a cosmetic product.

from the FDA site www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/ucm07...

again...sad but true. but at least moisturizing is ok.
sorry I am late to the conversation...
I totally don't mean to throw myself in. This has plagued me since I started selling.

I have read. A LOT. LOL!
So, I have a product called "Tummy Tea." Can I keep the name but just remove the verbiage that claims to settle stomachs? In other words, make no claims but let people draw their own conclusions. And what about the tags? I understand that a phrase like "stomach soothing" would now not be allowed, but what about just the tag of "stomach"? I'm making no claims about what it does...
rakubuttons from rakubuttons says Edited on Aug 9, 2012

Does that mean that any lotion that claims to soften skin (aka aleiviate dry skin implid?) is no longer acceptable? What would lotion be FOR then, exactly?

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I've always understood that we can say it makes your skin "feel great" but that implying it makes skin softer or healthier or even less dry is not ok. It's hard to thread the needle for sure.
I hate to say this, but if I saw Tummy Tea, and then no mention as to why it was called Tummy Tea, I may just think that you mis-typed since the Y is right next to the T.

And that it should be called Yummy Tea.
sorry I asked in the way I did April! lol.

Ah. "cosmetics". I am totally unfamilar with the variances.

I love the variety of bar soaps on etsy! Don't want to lose them.
Cyn Make your tea a cosmetic and rub it on your tummy :-/

But no, I've been told repeatedly that I am too dumb or too prehistoric to use etsy search, but even so, I can fill in the blanks about what tummy tea would be for.!
April, well, it's yummy too, so that interpretation is just fine! :)
Nope! Soaps, lotions and balms, are not going anywhere! There's plenty of valid reasons to buy and sell them beyond medical benefits, so I'm sure we'll all be fine in the end!
oops, posted the wrond spot. Brandi, I am reading into this statement:

Consequently, an antidandruff shampoo is both a cosmetic and a drug. Among other cosmetic/drug combinations are toothpastes that contain fluoride, deodorants that are also antiperspirants, and moisturizers and makeup marketed with sun-protection claims. Such products must comply with the requirements for both cosmetics and drugs

...that a moisturizer that is just a moisturizer is ok. but not if it does anything else.

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