Home Cosmetic Science Talk Formulating Cosmetic Industry Amazon now requires all topical products to list manufacturer on the packaging!

  • MarkBroussard

    February 16, 2018 at 2:38 am

    It makes perfect sense that Amazon would be cracking down on this … GlycolicPeel KitchenHomeCrafter makes and sells on Amazon a 70% Glycolic Acid Peel (this is medical grade and can only be administered by a physician).  Consumers buy it and … duh … several people get burns.

    Who are the injured consumers going to try to sue … Amazon or GlycolicPeel KitchenHomeCrafter?

  • David08848

    February 17, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Thanks for discussing this topic.  I still have to read through everything to get a better picture of this issue.  I have been considering selling my shaving products on Amazon so I need to be aware of everything that is involved.  So much of my current business is involving shaving message boards and those as is the case with so many message boards out there are seeing less activity!  Please keep posting on this board as we don’t need to see another board dwindle down to nothing!  In the meantime, please keep posting your thoughts on this issue as they are helpful and appreciated!

  • Ruben

    February 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    @David08848  To get ungated as a skin-care manufacturer they ask any of the following: FDA registration, GMP certificate, or a certificate of analysis. For the GMP, they want from a third-party inspection service. For the COE, I don’t know exactly what they want. I assume microbial count and some chemical analysis, such as heavy metals, but I am not sure. This is what I asked @Zink but got no response.

  • David08848

    February 17, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    Thanks for your reply, Ruben.  I checked out the FDA registration site, which looks pretty straight-forward but when I got to the GMP certificate I saw a listing of a company who can provide you with one… for $495!  So already it may be a problem… but as I said before, I was just considering Amazon as an option.  I have seen some examples of “home crafters” work on Facebook and the pictures are frightening and the text even more frightening and they are selling this stuff online!  I was fortunate to learn very early on from guys like the late Maurice Hevey and Kevin Young (from the Yahoo Cosmetic Chemistry board…why isn’t he here?)  about appropriate procedures, working with formulas and learning where to get the best possible information and advice but so much of that sort of thing is in the past but fortunately Perry is still offering this place to us where we can share info and learn from some of the best here in the industry!  If there are changes like this being implemented by Amazon, they who is next and how much more stringent is the FDA doing to become with anyone out there in business selling topical cosmetics?  Only time will tell!

  • Zink

    March 16, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Ruben: not sure, probably doesn’t matter, a one page COA of any third party analytics would likely work IMO. I don’t think they have experts looking at these.

    David: The only GMP certificates that are valid are AFAIK ones provided by inspection services, these cost around $5000 and up and requires multi day inspection of the facility.

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