Did you know that not all soap is exempt from FDA regulation as a cosmetic? The FDA Cosmetic exemption for soap is very, very specific and it is much more than just naming a bar of soap “soap”.
The FDA states that a product meets the Soap Exemption ONLY when:
- The bulk of the nonvolatile matter in the product consists of an alkali salt of fatty acids and the product’s detergent properties are due to the alkali-fatty acid compounds.
- The product is labeled, sold, and represented solely as soap.