Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cosmetic Notification Form Workshops

Here in Canada those of us who make soaps of any kind need to register with Health Canada and we need to complete Cosmetic Notification Forms that are then mailed in to Health Canada.  The reason behind this is that soaps are considered cosmetics here and therefore are regulated as any other cosmetic which includes lotions.

So many out there are just not aware of the requirements here because most of the forums out there are American and in the US, as of today, you do not need to even disclose ingredients if it is called soap.  So it gets very confusing for Canadians who want to start selling their products.

Once they are aware of the regulations, they now have to find all the things they need to learn, not an easy task and there is just so much to learn.  Then comes the Cosmetic Notification Form which for many is confusing to say the least.

This is the reason I have decided to start giving these workshops.  I have completing these forms for over five years and have come to know them very well.  I am going to share that knowledge to help others get as comfortable with these as I am with the knowledge they are doing them right.

The workshops are going to help using Go To Meeting which allows us to interact as discuss which will enable everyone to really understand as we go through the forms step by step.  You will be able to refer to your own recipe right there, with the class.  We will discuss the following areas:
  • Cold/Hot Process Soaps
  • Melt & Pour Soaps
  • Liquid Soaps
  • Cream Soaps
  • Lotions, Creams
  • Other Bath & Body care products.
The first of these workshops is now full and I am just so excited to be able to share my knowledge with them.  A group of 6 allows us to have the time to actually ask questions, get answers and get what each needs from the workshop.

In the future I will be breaking these up to East & West in order to find times that will work best for everyone.

Labeling is the next are of confusion and much discussion in Canada because again we have very definite laws as to what must appear on the labels and where.  Again, because we are on US forums the information about labeling is confusing.  So that brings us to the next Workshop in the series.

I have always loved teaching workshops including First Responders when I was the trainer for our group to giving workshops at Lee Valley Tools in Calgary teaching wood carving and pyrography (wood burning).  I've also taken workshops on-line so I know what it is that I like, as well what I don't like.  What works and what doesn't.  Through these experiences I believe I will be able to create an atmosphere for people to enjoy learning what we all need to know in order to run our soap, bath & body products here in Canada.

I really am excited about this because it allows me to do something I love to do while being able to help others learn new skills that are so necessary.

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