A cosmetic is considered misbranded if.....

⦁ labeling is false or misleading

⦁ label does not state

⦁ the name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor

⦁ the net quantity of contents

⦁ the required information is not stated prominently, with conspicuousness and in terms that it is read and understood by consumers under customary conditions of purchase and use

⦁ the container or its fill is misleading

Sec. 602, FD&C Act

Sec. 602 of the FD&C Act defines the conditions which cause a cosmetic to be deemed misbranded.

Factors Determining Whether Labeling Is Misleading

1. Representations made or suggested

2. Failure to reveal material facts:

a. Material in light of such representations

b. Material with respect to consequences resulting from the intended use

Sec. 201(n), FD&C Act 21

CFR 1.21

Labeling may be considered misleading not only because a label statement is deceptive but also because a material fact is not revealed on a label. A fact may be material in light of a statement made on a label or because certain consequences may result from the recommended use of a product.

21 CFR 740 (1) and (2)

Regulations require that "[the label of a cosmetic product shall bear a warning statement whenever necessary or appropriate to prevent a health hazard that may be associated with the product" [21 CFR 740(1)]. A cosmetic not bearing a necessary warning statement may be considered misbranded under sec. 602(a) of the FD&C Act because it fails to reveal a fact "material ... with respect to consequences which may result from the use of the article" [sec 201(n), FD&C Act].


The standard percentage I use for most essential oils is 1%, though oils like peppermint are used at .25%. Please be aware that these percentages may still have unintended effects, as advised here, and purchase accordingly. If you are purchasing a scented product for a child, preteen, elderly person, or for any other reasons that require less essential oil to be used, please let me know so I can advise accordingly as some oils may not be safe for children/preteens and may interfere/interact with various medications.

This is not intended as an advertisement for natural remedies, nor as a suggestion in favor of using essential oils to resolve health-related issues. As always, if you have an ailment severe enough to need medical attention, please see a doctor. Take the opportunity to read up on essential oils before using them and don't be afraid to ask your doctor for alternatives to the standard drugs. There are doctors who will provide alternative ideas, if asked, and if there are any that the doctor is aware of.

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