Qualifying Your Manufacturer: Is Your Product A Cosmetic?
Not all manufacturers specialize in every kind of product. As a general rule, manufacturers tend to stick with whatever niche they know best. Therefore, you will need to qualify your manufacturer before you private label to ensure they manufacture the types of products you are looking for. 

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) defines cosmetics by their intended use, as "articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body...for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance" [FD&C Act, sec. 201(i)]. 

Among the products included in this definition are skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup preparations, cleansing shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, and deodorants, as well as any substance intended for use as a component of a cosmetic product. 

Some manufacturers specialize in the manufacturing and distribution of "cosmetics" only, meaning they can only manufacture the types of products that meet the FDA definition of a "cosmetic".

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