Are Your Health & Beauty Product Labels Compliant?

Are Your Health & Beauty Product Labels Compliant?

Is your product label compliant with the labeling requirements of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)? Strict guidelines are in place to protect consumers from products that are potentially unsafe or deceptively labeled. While the FDA regulates beauty and cosmetic products, it places much of the responsibility on the makers. So, Avery label experts have taken a closer look at what goes on the label to help you make sure your health and beauty product labels are compliant.

Principal Display Panel (PDP)

This is the label that is examined under normal conditions for retail sale. The information shown here should include:

  • The name of the product
  • The identity
  • Warnings
  • Net quantity of contents

Information Panel

Additional information not on the PDP label should be on the information panel. This can include items such as:

  • Directions for safe use
  • Warning and caution disclosures
  • Name and place of business
  • Ingredients
  • Any other required information

For more information on labeling requirements under US laws and related regulations, read the Cosmetics Labeling Guide from the FDA.

Product Labeling Symbols

So how does all that information fit on your product label? The following symbols can help you communicate more information to your consumers in a smaller place.
Shelf life

Shelf life

The Period After Opening (PAO) symbol is the open jar icon. This icon indicates how many months the product will be good after it’s opened. This is typically on products with a shelf life of 30 months or more.

Best before date

Best before date

For products with a lifespan of less than 30 months, an hourglass icon and a “best before end of,” or BBE, date is displayed.

Net content

Net contents

The lowercase “e” is known as the estimated sign, or e-mark. It is required by the EU and basically indicates that the quantity of the product in a batch of packages is the same as what’s stated on the label.

Refer to insert

Refer to insert

When there’s required information such as ingredients and instructions to provide (and sometimes in multiple languages) but not enough room to do so. So this symbol lets the consumer know there’s a leaflet, card or other insert to refer to inside the packaging.

Responsibility for packaging

Responsibility for packaging

The Green Dot trademark indicates the manufacturer financially contributes to a recycling organization to manage its packaging waste in an ecologically responsible manner. It is not a recycling symbol.

Responsible forest management

Responsible forest management

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) trademark indicates the paper the company uses come from responsible sources. Use of the logo requires authorization and license code from the FSC.

Organic

Organic seal

The Organic seal indicates the product has met strict production and labeling requirements of the USDA, and the final product is certified. Selling a product as organic when it is not can cost a company up to $11K for each violation.

US Public Health Service seal

US Public Health Service seal

Products bearing the U.S. Public Health Service seal must contain 70% organic ingredients. Also they must follow strict guidelines for manufacturing and processing.

Cruelty-free

Cruelty-free

PETA runs the well-known Beauty Without Bunnies certification program. However, the Leaping Bunny is another internationally recognized certification program that upholds a stricter program and mandatory audits.

Body care standards

Body care standards

Whole Foods developed strict baseline body care standards in quality sourcing  and environmental impact in order for products to earn the Premium Body Care logo. They’ve also identified more than 400 ingredients deemed unacceptable.

Full label disclosure

Full label disclosure

The Environmental Working Group, or EWG, established the EWG VERIFIED mark to indicate the product meets the strictest standards when it comes to harmful chemicals.

GMO avoidance

GMO avoidance

To earn the Non-GMO Project Verified seal, products must complete third-party verification for their product labeling and certifications. It ensures products have been thoroughly evaluated by an independent party for compliance.

Gluten-free

The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO) leads a strict gluten-free certification program. They inspect products and manufacturing facilities for the presence of gluten. Products bearing the gluten-free symbol must be certified by a third party to earn certification.


Cracking the Code on Beauty Labeling

Download this handy chart: Cracking the Code on Beauty Labeling (PDF)

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2 Comments

  • Charlette Sgro at 12:17 am

    Being in the skin care business, I wish that Avery made more label sizes that would fit 4 0z cosmetic PET jars better (some are too large, others too small). Also, to be able to list all ingredients on a jar, smaller font sizes then what are available are often needed. I also wish it was easier to incorporate images and move them to better areas on the labels. Also, I would appreciate clear tutorials for those of us who are not graphic designers but want professional and beautiful label designs. I feel so inept and clumsy trying to get the look I want sometimes. I find your instructions very confusing. Especially when a little artistry is desired.

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      Melanie Neff at 10:21 am

      Hi Charlette,
      Thank you so much for your feedback. I’m really sorry to hear you’re having a hard time finding the correct size labels for your PET jars. There are a variety of different 4 oz. containers, so finding the right size for your skincare products can be tough. Have you checked out our label measuring guide? It can help you measure to find the exact label size you need for your specific containers. If you still don’t find the exact size you need in our label catalog, Avery WePrint can professionally print custom sizes for no extra charge on our roll labels. As far as fonts, unfortunately, we can’t print fonts any smaller because they become illegible and blurry. As far as images, have you watched our “How to Insert and Edit Images” video? It might help answer some questions you have. But please feel free to reach out to our awesome Care Center for any help you need with label sizing and designs. They even have the ability to view your screen and can help you edit your images and designs. They’re based in California and are available Monday-Friday, 6 a.m to 5 p.m. PT. Also, let them know the size labels you are looking for, as we are always looking to increase our label catalog. You can reach them at 800-942-8379 or chat online. Please let us know if we can help with anything else.

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