How to Sell Your Products Legally

Selling SoapIn your free time you love to craft and you have a hobby. You make soap and cosmetic products for yourself. You thought for a change you would hand make some lovely soap and skincare products for friends or family for Christmas presents.

They absolutely love them. They want to buy more from you or tell you how great it is and that you should sell it.

You think ‘Okay.Great I can make my hobby a business’ and ‘I can get a market stall or sell it online’.

If only it was that simple!

Not to say that it’s hard and you have to give up already, but there are a few things you have to do before you can sell anything.

What you need to do to sell your products legally?

  • Formulate your products and trial them – your friends and family come in handy
  • Obtain a Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) – the Soap Kitchen has more information on Safety Assessments and what you need to do here
  • Establish a Good Manufacturing Practice – this ensures your products are always safe and manufactured in a professional and hygienic manner
  • Keep a Product Information File (PIF) – this is record of your product and latest batch produced should it be requested by the authorities or public
  • Give each batch of product you produce a unique batch code – this means keeping full record in a manufacturing log of everything you make and the ingredients used
  • Label your products correctly – that way everyone know what you are putting into your products and can contact you if required
  • Notify the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) – this is a database for the purposes of market surveillance, analysis, evaluation and consumer information.
  • Get the right insurance
  • NotifytheHMRC, Trading standards and any other authority that your are manufacturing products

Why do you need to do this?

Cosmetic legislation ensures that all cosmetic products that are on the market in the UK (and throughout the EU) are safe and fit for purpose. It is regulated by the European legislation, the Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009.

Article 4.2 of the regulations states:

“For each cosmetic product placed on the market, the responsible person shall ensure compliance with the relevant obligations set out in this Regulation.”

If you are making and selling products you are considered the responsible person and you are responsible for all the obligations set out in the Regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you are complying with the regulations and carrying out all necessary record keeping and safety precautions.

The Cosmetic Regulation controls what may or may not be put into a cosmetic. The primary purpose of these laws is to protect human safety. It is important that your future customer has confidence in the safety of your products.

Cosmetics include soaps; shower gels;  shampoos; hair dyes, skin toners; moisturisers and cleansers; anti-ageing creams; antiperspirants; sunscreens; oral hygiene products such as toothpastes; and fine fragrances and other perfumery products to mention a selection.

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131 thoughts on “How to Sell Your Products Legally

  1. What are the rules when you are re-moulding a soap manufactured by someone else (who has met the necessary regulations already)?

    1. Hi Frankie,

      Thanks for your comment. It would depend on the actual product but generally speaking if you are not adding anything else to the formula you can use a pre-assessed product for your own label without having to have it re-certified. For example you could purchase our fragranced and coloured melt and pour soap bases, melt them and pour into moulds, then sell them as your own. You would need to register the product under your own brand name though. But you couldn’t add anything else to it like water, other colours or fragrances.

      1. Thank you so much for replying. I have had a look at your wholesale products and it’s a great idea to use these! I have read through you blog and found all the govt requirements around keep records etc. Also – I found a reference for labelling (something like.. “made for x by the Soap Kitchen”) I just wanted to check that I would need to also include all the ingredients on the label from your melt and pour label – is that the correct procedure? I couldn’t find any further details. Finally – is there anything else I could say about the wholesale melt and pour – for example can I say “not tested on animals” or “vegan”. Many thanks for your help.

        1. Hi Frankie,

          Yes you are correct, you will need to label the products with the full ingredients, you can find them in the additional information tab on the product page.You will need to include a batch number, either ours that is labelled on the base you receive or your own, just make a note on your own records so that our batch number tallies with your own.You will also need to add correspondence info, so a customer can contact you, either an email, website, contact number or address. None of products are tested on animals so you can use that statement. . The vegan statement would be up to you to substantiate, reading the list of ingredients for the melt and pour products none of them contain animal products but you would need to check the ingredients for any other products you use. If you need more info please do not hesitate to email us, (you’ve also given me some inspiration for our next blog post!)

      2. If I would like to add only essential oils, dry herbs like lavender or Rhassoul clay to your melt and pour base, will I have to do the Cosmetic Product Safety report or not as I am not changing the base of the product?

        1. Hi Anna, yes anything you add to the base changes the recipe of the finished product so it would need to get safety assessed. But if you wanted to have a few different soaps with various fragrances and botanicals, you can get these done under one assessment if you use the same base. Hope this helps 🙂

    2. Hello hope you will good I’m menufrating organic oil very simple method 100% organic. Without comical without fragrance. How can sale in use.

      1. Hi Frankie, any cosmetic finished product that is used on the skin will need to be safety assessed before you can legally sell it, you can follow the links in the article above that will give you more information. Hope this helps 🙂

  2. I am producing a small range of both liquid and bar soaps, these are being produced using base products that have already been tested by the manufacture. I will be adding couloir and fragrance and these have also been tested too. Do these still require further testing?

  3. Hi,

    If you sell handmade soaps online, do you have to display the list of ingredients online as well as on the product label/leaflet? Is it optional, or is it law?

    1. Hi Emily, it is the law to display ingredients at point of sale, so if that’s not on the packaging it should be where the product is offered for sale on-line OR if in a shop and the product is difficult to label, you list ingredients on some kind of display next to the product.

      We hope this helps, if you have anymore queries or questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

      1. So if I don’t physically label my products but have all the necessary info displayed beside the products in the shop, what about the batch numbers? There may be 2 or 3 different batches of each product on display. Wouldn’t the customer need to know the specific batch number of the bar they bought?

        1. Hi Emily, I’ve just checked the official legislation regarding labelling, and it states specific batch codes need to be on the correlating products, but all other info can be on a POS display or small card/leaflet attached to it. Hope this helps!

          1. Hello Soap Kitchen – Can you indicate where the legislation says this, please? Chapter VI Article 19 of the EU regs seems to say that this only applies to the ingredients list (Paragraph 3) – everything else including name & address needs to appear on the “container” (i.e. soap label) or on a tag or leaflet etc attached to the item itself (i.e. can not be relocated to a POS notice).
            Hope you can correct me!

          2. Hi Ian, Thanks for your question, we offer these guidelines based upon our own experiences and understanding of the law as it currently stands in the UK.

            The following information must be on the container and packaging in clear, indelible print. If you need a magnifying glass to read it’s no good.
            a) The name and address of the “responsible person” this is the person named on the CPSR (Cosmetic product safety report), the CPNP (Cosmetic product notification portal) and where your PIF (product information folder) is held.
            b) The weight / volume of the product must be clearly displayed on the product and packaging.
            c) A best before date.

            So as far as we’re aware this is what needs to be on the actual product itself, everything else can be on a POS, however I will contact trading standards directly to confirm this. As soon as they respond I will reply again. Thanks for your patience.

          3. Hi Soapkitchen
            Hope you can help…
            Can you indicate where in the EU rules it states that info other than batch codes can be on a POS display? I looked through them, and Chapter VI Article 19 says that for soap, the list of ingredients can appear on a POS display (Paragraph 3) but everything else must either be on the packaging/container (i.e. label) or on an tag or leaflet that goes with the product. I cannot find anything that says these other things can be relocated to a POS display.
            Can you clarify?

          4. Hi Ian, I am double checking with the trading Standards to get the correct information, I will be in touch again as soon as they get back to me. Thank you

          5. That is an extremely helpful and rapid response! (Apologies for the double-post, I thought it had failed 1st time). – Thank you, Ian

          6. Hi again Ian, Trading Standards have replied, I have copied their answer for you:

            The answer is to be found in the Cosmetic Products Enforcement Regulations 2014 under Regulation 5 – labelling which states the following;

            5.—(1) Where cosmetic products are not pre-packaged, or are packaged at the point of sale at the purchaser’s request, information required to be provided in accordance with Article 19(1) (which provides for labelling) of the EU Cosmetics Regulation must appear on the container in which the product is exposed for supply or on a notice in immediate proximity to that container; (2) Where cosmetic products are pre-packaged for immediate sale, the information required to be provided in accordance with Article 19(1) of the EU Cosmetics Regulation must appear on an attached label, tag, tape or card, or in an enclosed leaflet. Where this is impossible for practical reasons this information must appear on a notice in immediate proximity to the container in which the cosmetic product is exposed for sale.

            EC 1223/2009 Article 19 (3) provides that where in the case of small products it is impossible for practical reasons for the info referred to in point (g) (list of ingredients) of paragraph 1 to appear on a label, tag, tape or card or in an enclosed leaflet, this information shall appear on a notice in immediate proximity to the container in which the cosmetic product is exposed for sale

            and Article 19 (4) For cosmetic products that are not prepacked, are packaged at the point of sale at the purchaser’s request, or are pre-packaged for immediate sale, Member States shall adopt detailed rules for the indication of the information referred to in paragraph 1 – and this is where the Cosmetic Products Enforcement Regulations 2014 regulation 5 come into play.

            I hope this clarifies things for you.

  4. Hi

    When listing the ingredients on labels, c
    Do I have to use the scientific name for each products or will ‘water’ or ‘shea butter’ be sufficient?
    Many thanks


    1. Hi Ryan.

      When selling products you will need to use the INCI as to properly label your products. So yes, use the proper terms.

      Any further questions be sure to get in touch!

  5. Hi if I am making all natural organic products and adding essential oils ect or raw materials such as cucumber, grapefruit ect what do i need to do to sell this after listing all ingredients of about 3-5 items?
    Will this require further testing also?

    1. Hi Kelly.

      Any products you place in your product, whether it be a base or fruit will need testing and listing on the ingredients.

  6. Hi, This is a great article. I have a question. What if I’m manufacturing my products in the UK and want to offer worldwide shipping. What do I need to be able to do that? Thanks

    1. Hi Anil.

      Great question, if you’re looking to ship within the EU and your products meet the UK/EU standards than that is perfectly fine. However, if you’re looking to ship to countries outside the EU than you will need to look into their regulations.

  7. Fantastic article. A quick question, if I wish to be the distributor of the natural handcrafted soaps made in India, do I still need to follow the same process? What rules need to be followed by the manufacturer

    1. Hi S Joshi.

      Depending on where your soap is distributed, you will need to follow that countries regulations.

  8. Hi
    I want to produce 100% organic soaps, shampoos and others skin care products which will have natural ingredients I will grow myself. Do I still need a CPSR and to notify the CPNP? Do organic products also need licensing? Thanks, Adrian

    1. Hi Adrian,

      The answer to both of your questions is yes. All cosmetic products need to be safety assessed to ensure that the recipes are certified as safe to sell and under EU regulations.

  9. Every single recipe needs to be safety assessed, although many assessors offer a number of variants on a base recipe as a package, which saves a bit of money. It’s an expensive but unavoidable necessity. You’ll also need a set of “stamped for trade” scales (kitchen scales just won’t do) for weighing your end products for accurate labelling. And public liability insurance, of course. The Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers website has some useful information and only accepts members who comply with the law. It’s certainly not cheap to get set up and jump through all the legal hoops, but it simply has to be done if you want to sell even a single bar of soap, lip balm etc. But the good news is, once you’ve got properly set up, it’s really worth it to see your products selling and getting good customer feedback!

    1. Thank you for your input Emily and highlighting some major points in this article! 🙂

  10. Hello there, I would like to know how can I get in touch with a consultant regarding starting a home made product on eBay legally and how can I meet the requirements for safety? Many thanks

  11. am i allowed to buy wholesale bath bombs and resell them and if so what if any certificates etc do i need to do so they come with ingredients labels and batch numbers

    1. Hi Zoe,

      Yes you can! Our finished products are fully assessed and are available unbranded. You don’t need any other certificates as long as you can provide your customer with a batch code and ingredients information. The ingredients lists will be available online in the product info section and you will be provided with a batch code for those products when you order. Most people create their own labels and attach this info. Hope this helps and answers your question!

      Many Thanks

  12. Hello

    Do you know what is the exact process of selling legally home made creams? What am I required to do?

    Many thanks! Your website is great!

    1. Hi Agnes,

      All cosmetic products whether factory made or handmade at home will need to be safety assessed. To do this, you will need to develop your recipe and submit this for a chemist to assess. You can do this via us and the process is fully explained on our website to help you complete the application. You will need a safety assessment for each product you sell but, if your product has the same base recipe, our assessments can allow up to 6 variations (i.e. colour, fragrance etc).

      Here’s a link to the info on our website:

      Hope this helps!

  13. Hi I was wondering if I could sell my bath bombs and body scrubs to friends and family that no they ain’t had a cosmetic safety assessment yet and they are fine with it, I’m trying to make money to pay for the assessments ?

    1. Hi Katie, thanks for your question, unfortunately if you mean to sell any cosmetic product you will need to get it safety assessed beforehand, you can ‘gift’ your products to your friends and family if you wish, but that’s it. Sorry!

  14. Hi, I am hoping to sell my homemade natural shampoos for children and families, initially just locally, but I am now aware that I might need to have the required approval and registration but I don’t know where to start. What would you recommend for the first step? It seems to be overall, with everything, quite a costly step for a small market. Any advice would be appreciated x

    1. Hi Sophie,
      Thanks for your question, if you are planning to sell your products no matter how small or big the market if you mean to exchange them for money, you will need to get your products safety assessed. If you have a developed recipe, then the first step is to fill out an assessment form, our form offers 6 variations of the same recipe, then this will get sent off, checked and approved. All details for this you can find online here: I hope that helps!

      1. Hi if went through you for testing etc how much would it be and how many out of the batch of products would i need to send. Many Thanks

        1. Hi Sarah, I’ve attached a link for safety assessment info (its for a melt & pour soap as I’m not sure what product you have) but the info on there can be applied to different cosmetic products, it is £150 for the report, this can be used with up to 6 variations, you do not send off your actual products, but you need to give extensive ingredients info. All info you need will be on the link there, let me know if there’s anything else I can help with.

  15. Hi, can I just check, if I bought your ingredients to make my soap/bath bombs would I still have to register and get certificates?

    1. Hi Mel, if you intend to sell the product then yes, you’ll need to get them safety assessed, if they are gifts or personal use then that’s fine.

  16. Hi, Do I need an assessment for a laundry soap (solid bar)? It’s not a cosmetic, obviously, but it does come into contact with the skin. Thanks for all the useful info you provide on this thread btw!

        1. Hi Emily, if you are marketing the bar as a final product it will still need to be assessed even though it is just 100% coconut oil.

  17. Hi there,
    Does all this apply to products like a natural healing balm, massage oil or a roll on headache remedy?

  18. Hi, I make sugar scrubs, bath salts, body butter and lip balms.
    Does this mean I have to get all of these checked individually?
    Also what kind of testing would i need? Thanks

    1. Hi Jenna, thanks for your question, as they are all different products, yes you’ll need to get each one safety assessed before you can sell them, there is a safety assessment form for each product available here:, both the sugar scrub & body butter fall under this one ‘COSMETIC SAFETY REPORT DESCRIPTION BODY OILS AND BUTTERS’ all the information you need will be on there, please get in touch if you need anymore advice.

  19. Hi, if I want to sell herbs and flowers tea for facial steam and bath or if I want to sell all herbs powdered face wash, does it still require CPSR?? If I have 3-4 types of powdered herbs products (if I need assessment) how much would it cost ??
    Thank you in advance

    1. Hi Sahishta, thanks for your question, with any product that is intended for use with/against/on the skin is under the cosmetic umbrella, so it will need a CPSR. If you have the same base and simply change the herbs, this will come under the 6 variations, but if the base changes you will need a separate assessment for each one. Hope this helps!

  20. Really good advice here, thanks. If I run and ‘Make and Take’ workshop where customers make there own bespoke products with basic ingredients. Say Bath salts, then add chosen essential oils. So each separate ingredient has already got met CPSR approval. Is that OK?

    1. Hi Jenny, thanks for your question. As long as the products that are made are intended for their own personal use then that’s fine.

  21. Thanks for all this information – it’s very useful. Would the same apply if we asked for donations for items made? We are a charity and would be making them as a therapeutic session but would want to recoup our costs.

    1. Hi Hilly, I’m afraid that yes, you will still need a report! This is due to the product being exchanged for money publicly.

  22. Hi,

    We are looking at starting experience days which could involve make your own soap, lip balm etc. type activities. As these would likely be made ad-hoc (i.e. customers select the fragrances, certain ingredients etc.) would they need to be appropriately labelled/regulated in order to be taken home and used? The charge would be for the ‘experience’ rather than the products they may make and take home for use/to give away. They would probably not be made to GMP in such circumstances. Any advice you can provide would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Jordan, thanks for your question, it’s a good one! As long as the products created are taken home and not intended for sale then they themselves would not need to be assessed. Our chemist says you don’t need CPSRs because they the final products are not to be released onto the market, but you have a responsibility to make sure that the products are safe and H&S is in place; safety goggles, gloves etc etc. Also a quick check with your local Trading Standards wouldn’t hurt either.

  23. Hi,
    I am looking to start selling my home made all natural soaps for which I understand I will need to do all the legal stuff.
    How about if I want to sell soap for dogs, do they have a separate set of legal requirements?

    1. Hi Monique,

      There is no current legislation for soaps specifically made for animal use 🙂 Therefore you don’t need a CPSR for this.

      1. Hi TSK!

        Google has brought me here – I am also looking to make homemade soap and paw balms for dogs, do I need any kind of insurance or certificates for either?


        1. Hi Tammy, thanks for your question, if your products are just for dogs then no you don’t need to get your recipes certified. Insurance wise, if you are selling at markets then you’ll need public liability but nothing for your animal products. Thanks for visiting, I hope you found it useful!

  24. Hi, so I just got an email day responding to my enquiry about an CPSR, they told me each product needs one and it costs £300 pounds per product and all sorts of extra charges for various services. Am I meant to believe that every little etsy soap seller with half a dozen flavours has spent thousands of pounds just to be able to sell a few hand made soaps? Am I misunderstanding something?
    Thanks very much

    1. Hi George, thanks for your question, it can be a confusing topic when it comes to the legalities of selling soap. The main thing to understand is that with one soap base recipe you can get up to 6 variations on that base for the same price, we offer this service for £150 (plus VAT):

      We offer the option to certify your base soap recipe together with up to 6 different variations – each variation can include up to 5 additional ingredients, such as essential oils, colours, fragrance oils, extra superfatting oils, botanicals, clays etc. PLEASE NOTE: If you are using more than 1 fragrance oil or a blend of essential and fragrance oil in a variation, a further fee of £15.00+VAT per fragrance oil will be incurred.
      If you don’t currently have 6 different variations, you can use this package to certify what you already make, and then add to your reports at a later date as your business grows. Please note that there will be a small administration fee payable each time further variations are added (up to the maximum of 6) and so it is advisable to add several at a time.

      So, you could have 6 different soaps (as long as the original base is the same) …does this help? Here is the link to our main website with more details about CPSR:

    2. You’d be surprised how many sellers don’t bother to comply, either with the costly CPSRs or with adequate labelling. And it’s not just small sellers on Etsy either. Makes me cross, but all I can do as a legitimate seller is try to show my customers that I comply and WHY it’s important to comply. Buying any cosmetic products from sellers who don’t comply is a risk and we just have to hope more people realise that.

  25. If I am using the Melt and Pour Soap Base and adding essential oils to it. Will it need to be tested even though the actual soap base and oils are made and tested by someone else?

  26. Hello I have started to use Stevenson shea butter and oats melt and pour to make my handmade soap and add my own essential oils to the base . who do I need to contact to get safety test on my products to allow me to sell them on line, and what insurance would I need. etc

    1. Hi Anne, all the links were in the article above, but here is how to obtain a safety assessment:
      With regards to insurance, if you are selling products online or at markets or through shops, you’ll need public liability cover, all insurance providers will have information about this. Hope this has helped 🙂

  27. Hiya, if i am just looking to make and sell pet friendly Doggy soap. would i still need the safety assessments to sell them on,

  28. Hi there!
    Do I need safety assessments to make and sell Shower Steamers? I’m just wondering if they are different from bath products as they should not touch the skin at any point.
    Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Rebecca,
      I understand your point that the shower steamers are not intended to touch the skin, but they would be classed as a cosmetic as they are in the shower cubicle with you and have the potential to touch the exposed skin whilst showering, so yes you would need a CPSR.

      1. Just out of interest – I have been told by 2 other professionals in the field that they don’t think Shower Steamers are a cosmetic product, and therefore shouldn’t need testing, but to check with my local Trading Standards as different authorities may have different requirements.

        1. Hi Rebecca, that sounds like good advice. There are several “grey areas” when it comes to what is and isn’t a cosmetic. Checking with your local trading standards office for their advice and interpretation of the legislation is best.
          (a) ‘cosmetic product’ means any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours;

  29. Hi there

    I am looking to set up an online business of selling coloured and infused bath salts…

    Do I need to register to sell online or follow any other legal guidelines before i sell things online?

    1. Hi George,
      Bath Salts are considered a cosmetic so you will need a Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) before you can manufacture for sale. Once you are ready to sell you will need to register your products on the CPNP – Cosmetic Product Notification Portal.
      You should find all the links you need in the article above.

  30. Hi I’m looking at selling soaps would I have to use one have only to get assessed and do they come to your house to asses what you use?

    1. Hello, thanks for your message, to sell your soaps you will need to obtain a safety assessment, this covers 1 main recipe with up to 6 variations (as long as the soap base remains the same- i.e different fragrance or colour) you will need to fill out a CPSR form and send this off to the chemist, you will therefore need all the correct detailed information about your ingredients, the CoA’s (which if you use our ingredients are under the product description on our website) for more information on what you need to do, here is the link

  31. Hi

    If i wanted to sell bath salts in a jar made from epsom salts (already tested and produced) virgin coconut oil (same) and lavender essential oil (same) would i have to have the £150 safety test cert? Id guess probably yes. Its a shame, it kind of kills the small cottage industry and incourages more mass production. Whereas logically if you are allergic to any of the 3 ingredients dont use it.

    1. Hi Lyndsey, thanks for your question, yes you would need to get it safety assessed as it is a product that will be in direct contact with skin. It may initially be costly, but this is the law in the skincare industry, you do have the opportunity to have variations from one main recipe (so different fragrances for example) so to get the most from your money, it would be worth getting as much from 1 assessment as you can. Once you have the recipe though that’s it! I think society seems to be leaning more towards the smaller batch made products, especially if you have a unique selling point; all natural ingredients, local, handmade etc.

  32. Hi,

    If I was to make lip/face oils
    Just oil bases – just a variety of the oils used

    Would I need a CPSR?

    1. Hi Lindsay, any product that is considered cosmetic will need a CPSR before it can be offered for sale in the UK. So yes face and lip oils would need a CPSR.
      (a) ‘cosmetic product’ means any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours;

  33. Does this mean that each and every soap should have the batch code printed on it for tracability? Do they also need BB dates?

    Thank you

    1. Hello Kate,
      Yes every product must have a Product code and/or batch number of manufacture or the reference for identifying the cosmetic product (such as a bar code). Where this is impossible for practical reasons because the cosmetic products are too small, such information need appear only on the packaging.
      A POA (period after opening) symbol or Best before date if the product is not stable for at least 30 months after opening.The minimum durability symbol may be used in place of “Best before” if preferred.

      We have written an article explaining labelling you may find helpful here

  34. Hi,
    Great article! I’m wondering about simply repackaging floral water into little spray bottles? Can I resell them without any testing with my brand name on the bottle? Would I need to display a batch number or can I simply keep a record? & if it does need to be displayed, would I use the batch number from your product? Also Does floral water have / need to display a use by date? Apologies for so many questions, just want to be sure I’m doing everything by the book!
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Anya, Thanks for your comments.

      I have passed your questions on to the chemist and will get back to you asap.

  35. Hi

    How to do I find out what preservative is safe to use in soaps/moisturisers (I presume all products have a shelf life and require preservation)?

    Also, I am intending to use 100% organic ingredients including essential oils: Is the Soil Association the best company to apply to for certified approval?



    1. Hi Vanessa, we have an interesting article about preservatives which you might find helpful, but one we use regularly here at TSK is Phenoxyethanol (Phenoxyethanol based, liquid preservative system suitable for use in both leave-on and rinse-off cosmetic products- available from- soaps generally speaking don’t require a preservative because of the ph level, but water based moisturisers will do.


      With regards to getting your recipe certified yes the Soil Association is the best place. Hope this helps 🙂

  36. Hello, I have not been able to ascertain how someone might get a cold process soap bar with a melt and pour embed assessed, say a soap slice with a melt and pour embellishment on top… would the embeds need to be assessed separately?

    1. Hi Alice, good question, it would come under one assessment but there is usually an extra charge for the melt & pour embed, as this is essentially a whole other soap base, but it wouldn’t be charged separately. I hope that makes sense…

  37. Hello. I am thinking of growing my own herbs and flowers (lavender, mint, nettle etc.) to dry and use in my CP soaps. Can you please tell me if there are any restrictions or regulations I need to be aware of if I plan on getting my soaps assessed for selling.

    1. Hi Zoe, great question! As long as no pesticides are used, and it is not grown near a heavily polluted area then it should be fine, although extra testing may have to be done.

  38. Hi The Soap Kitchen,
    Thanks for another great article. I’m looking into making my own soap using a soap base (made by Mystic Moments) which contains oatmeal. They make a claim that the oatmeal is good for acne, eczema and rosacea. Would I also be able to make that claim and still sell my soap as a cosmetic? Or would I have to go through the MHRA?

    1. Hi Ryan, thanks for your comment and I’m glad the article has been useful to you, with regards to your question though it sounds like you should ask Mystic Moments as they are the producer’s of the base.

  39. Hi there, If I am repackaging bath salts to sell, do I still need to register them under my company name?
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Beki, yes you will need to register them on the CPNP, the link is in the article if you need it 🙂

  40. Hi

    If following the recipes on here to the letter would they need to be tested or would that have already been done?

    1. Hi Nell, thanks for your question, however the recipes we put on here aren’t safety assessed they are designed to showcase what can be done with different ingredients.

  41. Hi.
    Would I need to get a safety assessment done for a soap made for cleaning paint brushes?

    1. Hi Zoe, no you wouldn’t for paintbrushes. As long as the soap isn’t intended for use on human skin, then no assessment is needed

  42. Hi soap kitchen 🙂

    Fab article thanks! Quick query, if I were to sell a single ingredient (shea butter for example) by itself in a jar would it need a safety assessment?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Steph, thank you for your comment- yes it would need to be assessed if it is intended for sale as a finished product. When you buy it from suppliers such as The Soap Kitchen,they are sold as an ingredient so no safety assessment is held for it. Hope that makes sense.

  43. Hello Soap Kitchen,
    I am intending to run workshops where customers would make and take away their own soaps, body lotions, lip balms, etc. I would provide all materials and ingredients. Does this need any type of testing/certification? Many thanks.

    1. Hi Rizpah, thanks for your question- it’s a good one! As long as the finished products are taken home for personal use or not intended for sale, then no assessment or certification will be needed!

  44. This is an amazing site! Could you please help me with a query – I have a bulk bag of bath salts and want to put them in smaller bags to sell at events (really to recoup the cost of the stall hire). Do you know if this is allowed or would I need any certificates / product insurance? I am also thinking of providing essential oils, and letting the customer use these to add their own drops to the salts for an extra small charge. Again, is this allowed, would I need certificates etc? Many thanks!

    1. Hi Rachel, thanks for your comment it’s great that you like our blog! If you are planning to sell the salts as a finished product, then you will need a safety assessment done, you can include variations on the same base, so this would include adding different essential oils, but you’ll definitely need a CPSR in place first.

  45. Hi i hope you can help. Im thinking about making and selling bath bombs, sugar scrubs, lip balms ect. If i went ahead and had it tested with each being a base and just diff flavour/smell it would just be like 1 assessment for all bath bombs? And if i decided to do a new smell I would have to pay again? How much would all this cost. (Sorry just starting to get put off before ive started).
    Also do I need any licence to sell such products?

    1. Hi Andrea, thanks for your message, yes so with 1 assessment, this can have up to 6 variations, which includes colour & fragrance- as long as the base recipe remains the same. You can add variations after the initial assessment, but this would incur an admin fee, so it’s cheaper to get all your variations covered at the same time- £150 plus VAT- working out at approx £25 per product. As the article said, to sell any cosmetic product you would need to inform the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal & your local trading standards. It may seem daunting, but once all these have been done you’re free to begin selling!

  46. Hi Soap Kitchen
    Please can you clarify for me – if my proposed products (soaps, bombs and salts) contain only bases and additives from the soap kitchen and nothing else do they still need to have an assessment and do we still need to register with the portal?


    1. Hi Lisa, thanks for your question, yes they would still need to be safety assessed and registered on the portal. We sell bases & additives as ingredients NOT finished products, so even if you are only adding a simple fragrance to a base, it still requires assessment. I hope that makes sense!

  47. Hello. I am a new soap maker and I have so many questions about the safety assessment for Cold Processed soaps. I found your website and I like how simply you explain everything.
    If I made a safety assessment for 6 recipes with the same oils and I would like to do a new design for which I would need to add different colorants (but the recipe itself will be the same) do I need to have the safety assessment for it too? Or If one of the 6th recipes will have additional oils in it, would it be counted as a different recipe (base) or you will accept it as the same recipe with additional ingredients?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Ellen, thanks for your message and that’s great to hear that you found all the info helpful & easy to follow (it can be such a daunting task!) With regards to the 6 variations, this includes colours / fragrance /botanicals- if the base is changed (so the inclusion of different oils) then this would need another assessment. I hope that clears things up a little.

  48. Hi,

    Do you know if I need any kind of safety testing for a soap I’m currently using as a laundry stain remover, kitchen and bathroom cleaner and dish soap? It contains only coconut oil and aloe vera, so I think it complies with the general product safety regs, but I’m baffled by regs on detergents as my recipe is just so simple! Any ideas please?

    1. Hi Emily,
      You do not need a Cosmetic safety assessment as the product is not being applied directly to the skin. You may need some form of testing but unfortunately its not something we know much about so its worth you checking with CAB or your local trading standards.

    2. Hello. I was wondering if you have to put your full home address on your products. For obvious reasons Im very worried about this as I live out in the sticks and make all my products at home and mostly home alone with partner away. Is there any way around this ?

      1. Hello, The labelling guidance for cosmetic products states you have a legal obligation to put your name and address on there, however a postcode and house number is efficient, as long as it is possible to identify you. This is for your safety as well as for your customers.

  49. Do you know if you have to put your full address on soap labels or can you just put an email or FB contact?

    1. Hi Frankie,
      Any soap label will require a company name and contact, so that the customer has a way of contacting the manufacturer of the soap.

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