GMP’s, FDA and Reformulating Everything!

Hi everyone, thanks for being here. The latest on my business journey (and it’s delay) is learning about the current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) Wow! Apparently, making stuff and selling it is more complicated than I remember. When my mama and I had a shop these laws weren’t around.

Don’t get me wrong, I think they are necessary to prevent accidental bacteria and/or harm for the buyer, but the pendulum swings, because now it is nearly impossible to follow every single guideline and be legal.

For example, to sell homemade teas and tinctures, which are considered dietary supplements, an herbalist is supposed to make these from a commercial kitchen. This means many herbalists are functioning illegally from home kitchens.

After a recent class on Rules and Regulations I hit a bit of depression, questioning if I should remain on this path. Inner conflict arose, as the herbalist in me wants so badly to help heal and shout these plants from the rooftop, but legally, I am not allowed. I am forbidden to make any type of claims, and can’t even have testimonials on my products!?

I am sad I won’t be able to sell my herbal chest rub, because it is considered a Drug and has even more rigid guidelines. I really love this chest rub and it has helped me so much. It feels a bit of a conspiracy to not be able to offer people alternatives in healing, but thanks to Freedom of Speech, I am able to educate with posts and I encourage you to do research on plants and their many gifts.

Meanwhile, to be on the safe side, I will be focusing on my herbal creams and aroma sprays. These CAN be made in my home under the Homemade Cosmetic guidelines. I took down the post on my Nourish cream because I had stated the possible healing benefits. I also am reformulating this recipe to add an all-natural preservative, so I can extend its shelf life for you without it developing any microbes/bacteria/molds, I will make a new post on this fabulous cream as soon as I have perfected a new formula.

With all of this being said, please see my disclaimer on the bottom of my welcome page and know that I am still dedicated to and holding my path. I look forward to making safe and improved products that I know will serve you well.

pic credit @jplenio

For more info on cGMPs start here:

Small Businesses & Homemade Cosmetics: Fact Sheet | FDA

Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Guidelines/Inspection Checklist for Cosmetics | FDA

Author: breakdownchick

Herbalist/Writer/Blogger/Crafter/Creator 💚🌹 ~On a multidimensional healing journey and sharing as I go along, hoping to inspire healing in others. Namaste and Hotmeste 😁🙏⭐

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