Home Cosmetic Science Talk Formulating Hm… Don’t know how FDA will feel about that

  • OldPerry

    March 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Yeah if it works, it’s certainly a drug.  Although they talk about the nebulous “self-protection function” whatever that means.

  • mikebavington

    March 19, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    While I think companies should be held accountable for injuries caused from their products’ usage by the general public, I dont think marketing claims in the personal care product industry should be so tightly restricted. Especially when natural products and homeopathic product marketers are able to get away with the claims they make. How can the average homeopathic marketer dilute a product one million times over, yet still make the claims they do?

    Furthermore, food product marketers, for example, make tremendously misleading claims about the their product offerings.  See Godiva or Lindtt and their respective gourmet chocolate claims. Last time I checked, their is more high-quality, genuine cocoa in grocery store private label chocolate bars than what Godiva and Lindtt put into their ‘gourmet chocolates’. 

    In the car industry, Honda practically mandates (through electronic monitoring and alarm systems) that their synthetic oil be changed at 6 months and 7,000 miles of driving. However, scientific testing at numerous labs show that synthetic oil can be changed every 12 months and at 15,000 miles or more, without any harm done to the engine. Honda and others get away with their deceptive maintenance requirements and very few say a word about it.

    Lastly, I think it is ironic that a government body holds any producer to account regarding claims accuracy. I mean, if any entity in society is prone to making false claims, it is the government. Next time you hear the government table a budget proposal, track that proposal and see how accurate their revenue and spending projections turn out to be. Nothing happens to them when they mislead, yet they set up regulating bodies such as the FDA to go after personal care product producers with vigor - it’s total hypocrisy.

  • pma

    March 19, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Mikebavington: I totally agree with you. Also, the FDA’s definition for cosmetics is somewhat weird!

    “In short, one may say that a cosmetic is a product intended to exert a physical, and not a physiological, effect on the human body.”
    So, if you want to fellow the FDA’s definition strictly, you shouldn’t use even water in your cosmetic. Since even pure water can alter skin’s physiology. 
    IMO - if you can show good scientific evidences that your claim is true and your cosmetic is safe - you should be allowed to make the claim you want to. 

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