We at Sweet Leaf Essentials are in strong support of safety in cosmetics, which is why we always use only the finest natural ingredients and no chemicals.  We feel that legislation should never interfere with natural products as these are not the products that are of concern to public safety.

If you have come here looking for information on the Safe Cosmetic Act of 2010,

We have found SafeCosmetics.org to be the best place for this

If you are looking to take action we support the Soap Makers Guild

Long live All Natural Products

Recently the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild has gone to Washington to represent how safe and wonderful handmade products are, and that this should be kept in mind when trying to crack down on 'big cosmetic'.  Some of recent legislation is making Thyme a harmful additive.  FDA says we can eat it, but we can't put it in our natural products?  This obviously make no sense, and is something overlooked in recent poorly written legislation.  Here is the positive outcome of HSMG:

- 3/29/11 -

HSMG's (Handmade Soap Makers Guild) efforts and advocacy in Washington are reaching our intended and growing congressional audience. As we continue to advocate on behalf of the industry our message remains the same:  Handcrafted soapmakers are deeply committed to safe, high quality products and that any legislation that adversely affects this industry is unnecessary, burdensome and will jeopardize the very products that so many consumers want and enjoy...even Members of Congress and their staffs.  


- 6/21/11 -

Great News!

The wording in this legislation has been modified to reasonable standards as follows:

Registration:  For registration of your facility or company and your products:

  • Any cosmetic company with under $2 million in gross aggregate sales per year will be exempt from FDA registration for both the company and products being made.
  • A company that makes between $2 million and $10 million in gross aggregate sales per year will register their company (facility) and their products annually.  There will be no registration fees and no change forms if you introduce a new product within that year.
  • A cosmetic manufacturer that has over $10 million in gross aggregate sales per year will register their company (facility) and their products and will be responsible for a registration fee to the FDA.  This fee will be determined by the FDA and will be based on gross sales.


  • All botanicals will be listed as what they are on the label and will not need to be broken down into their organic compounds.  For example, Coconut Oil will be Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil).
  • Also, the legislation will NOT require additional testing for products that use already tested, approved  and labeled ingredients.

Ingredients: The FDA will be charged with coming up with three categories of cosmetic ingredients:  Safe without limits, Restricted, and Prohibited.

  • All food-grade ingredients will be on the "Safe without limits list".
  • Ingredients on the "Restricted list" may be used in cosmetics but will have restrictions on usage or quantity.
  •  Ingredients on the "Prohibited list" cannot be used in cosmetics and will have a 2 year phase out period.
  • To facilitate compliance, the FDA will maintain an online site for companies to access information on the three categories of ingredients and will update regularly, including the addition of new ingredients after testing and determinations are made.

Soap : The soap exemption will remain the same as it is in the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act


New Bill revision!!

On June 24, 2011, a new bill, the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 (HR 2359), was introduced. We are very happy that lobbying has paid off for legislators to fix the flaws that were in the original version of this legislation.