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Q&A: Separate Manufacturing Spaces?

Original Release Date: May 13, 2019



Hi Jess,

I love all of the information you provide on your blog regarding selling handmade home-crafted soaps etc.

I have been trying to find specific information from Health Canada and the food and drug regulation regarding selling handmade/homemade soaps and am unable to find a specific answer to my question.

Basically my question is are you able to make and sell soaps and lotions you have made at home to the general public without having to...

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Soap and Skincare Labeling Requirements in Canada

Original Release Date: August 08, 2018


Once you have filled out your CNF, it's time to get labeling your products!


What to include

If you are in Canada, Health Canada has strict rules on what needs to be included in your soap labels.

I'll include a brief overview of some important points here, but please refer to their website to read the complete document:


Product name - can include specific ingredients used (unlike in the USA)

Name and Address of the...

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CNF Updates: Into or Out-of-the-Pot??

cnf health canada Jul 30, 2019

Original Release Date: May 29, 2019


I just wanted to pass on some updates to you as I've been receiving them from Health Canada. 

It seems like every person does theirs a little differently, but I was of the opinion that both the CNF and labels should list your ingredients as they go 'into-the-pot'. Ie. Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil and Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil.

However, as of speaking with Health Canada, they want to move toward listing the final...

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What Is A 'Cosmetic', Anyway??

Original Release Date: April 17, 2019

Definition of a Cosmetic

When you think of a cosmetic, you may picture the beautifully packaged and advertised makeup brands you see at the drug store. But, did you know that even the handmade products we make like soap, lotions, and lip balms are all considered cosmetics in the eyes of Health Canada?

That's right. In Canada, Under the Food and Drugs Act, a cosmetic includes "any substance or mixture of substances, manufactured, sold or...

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Health Canada Hotlist + Label Cautions

cnf health canada hotlist Jul 30, 2019

Original Release Date: June 26, 2019


Did you know that Health Canada has a list of restricted and prohibited ingredients we cannot use in our cosmetics formulations?

Before you start making cosmetics, it's important to check the Hotlist to make sure you are in the clear.


HC Hotlist

You can view and search the hotlist here.

It is sorted into 2 parts:

Prohibited Ingredients – those that cannot be used in any way

Restricted Ingredients – those that...

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Deciphering the INCI Naming System

cnf health canada inci Jul 30, 2019

Original Release Date: July 22, 2019

When you’re labeling and submitting CNF’s to Health Canada, you need to be using the INCI format.

What is INCI?

INCI stands for the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. It is a system of naming cosmetic ingredients that are based on scientific, Latin, and English words of the ingredient, and can be used around the world.

With few exceptions, the INCI labeling names in all countries around the world are the same.

Where to find...

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Tips for Submitting Cosmetic Notification Forms (CNF) in Canada

cnf health canada inci Jul 30, 2019

Original Release Date: March 24, 2018

To read the full article, check out this Modern Soapmaking post.

Take a deep breath.

If you've spent any time looking at the Health Canada website or listening to other soapmakers going through the same process, you might be feeling overwhelmed at the thought of filling out your CNF, but it's not impossible.

I'll break it down for you here...

Once you have developed your product line and know which ingredients you will be using, you should think about...

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