Hi, Do I need a license to make and sell soap body products such as lotion, cream and body oils? - Rosy
Thanks for contacting us with your question. The need for special licensing varies locally. To start any business, you'll need to register locally, and with the federal government. How you register will depend greatly on what type of business you decide to start. You can choose from a variety of business types, including sole proprietor, LLC, or corporation. This process can be a little intimidating, so I recommend contacting a local book keeper or accountant to help you get started. You can also find help at online resources, such as The Small Business Administration's Web Site.
As a soap or cosmetic maker, you may need special licensing depending on your state's regulations. Look up your local government web site to get started. If you can find a phone number for the business/trade licensing department in your state, give them a call and find out what is required in your area. On a federal level, you can voluntarily register with the FDA as a cosmetics manufacturer. Take a look at the pros and cons of registering with the FDA on the FDA web site. Even if you don't register, it is a good idea to study the rules and regulations for cosmetics manufacturers on the FDA web site.
Another thing you should seriously consider is purchasing liability insurance. This is something that no seasoned soap maker goes without. Liability can be a serious issue when it comes to cosmetics. Protecting yourself with the proper insurance can be a key step in ensuring your business's success. You can talk to a local insurance agent about liability insurance for your business, or you can purchase insurance through a cosmetics related organization such as The Indie Beauty Network or the Hand Crafted Soapmaker's Guild. In addition to providing insurance, these two organizations can be incredibly useful resources of information when starting your own business.
Thanks again for contacting us with your question, Rosy. We wish you the best of luck with your new business!