Carrier oils

Hi everyone!

I have a question I think you could help me with. I’m starting to think about formulating my own skincare regime, and *maybe* one day sell it. 

I’ve always loved ingredients that are ethically sourced, and I found some carrier oils on a couple of websites. But they’re “branded”, and there’s no explicitness around them being in bulk sizes or the website being a wholesale reseller or else. When is it wrong to use an ingredient for your own formulation? Are there rules (that I haven’t found yet) regulating which ingredients can be bought for commercial use? 

Thank you!!

Comments

  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    If you are formulating in the United States, you can use almost any ingredient that you want in cosmetics. There are some banned ingredients and there are rigid restrictions on the colorants allowed, but otherwise you can use what you want.

    However, you have to be able to prove your products are safe. 

    If you are buying from a company that has already done safety testing or using ingredients that are listed in the CIR, then you may not need to do additional testing.

    If you are using ingredients for which you do not have safety testing (they are not listed in CIR or the supplier hasn't done in) then you have to do the safety testing yourself. This may include toxicology tests, irritation tests, and even animal testing. 

    See this from the FDA.
    https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetics-science-research/product-testing-cosmetics


  • Thank you! That was very useful
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