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One of the most common questions I get is how to label soap for selling. And, if you have an addiction to making soap like me, you may eventually get to the point where you are ready to start selling your products.

How to Label Soap for Selling

What type of soap you make, as well as the claims that you make will determine how you have to label your soap. Other than naming convention, all of your products should include the following:

  • Clear Labeling of what the product is
  • Weight of Product
  • Address or Contact Info

Labeling True Soap

True soap is defined as “the bulk of the non-volatile portion consists primarily of an alkali salt of fatty acids”. Which is a fancy and over wordy way of saying that the soap is made of oils and lye.  If you are planning on making only true soap, these products would be exempt from INCI labeling. Also, this means you make no other claims besides it is soap and cleans

If you are adding detergents or other ingredients it is no longer considered a true soap. It is important to note that melt and pour soaps are not considered true soap. These products and other products such as lotions and scrubs would fall under the cosmetic category and will be required to follow FDA guidelines.

How to label soap for selling

Labeling Cosmetics

There are very specific guidelines set by the FDA that you will have to follow, one of those guidelines is how you label your ingredients. As a way to keep things uniform across all cosmetic products, the INCI, or International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient are used for labeling purposes.

Not only is naming important but the order to which you list your ingredients matter as well. The ingredient list must be in descending order of predominance. One exception to this is if an ingredient is less than 1%, then it can be listed in any order after the ingredients at more than 1%.

Below I have gathered a list of the most common INCI soap labeling names.

INCI Names

Common NameINCI Name
Avocado OilPersea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil
AloeAloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
Aloe Vera 10:1 ConcentrateAloe barbadensis Leaf Extract, Citric acid, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate
Aloe Vera ButterCocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
Aloe Vera ExtractGlycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (and) Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
Aloe Vera JuiceAloe barbadensis Leaf Juice
Aloe Vera Oil (31119)Parffinum liquidum, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract
Alpha Tocopherol
D-Mixed Tocopherols Conc.
Apricot Kernal OilPrunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil
Arrowroot PowderMaranta arundinacea, Tacca leontopetaloides or Manihot esculenta
Avocado ButterPersea gratissima (Avocado) Butter
Avocado OilPersea gratissima (Avocado) Oil
Baking SodaSodium Bicarbonate
Basil OilOcimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil
Bay Laurel OilLaurus nobilis Oil
Bay Oil (West Indian)Pimenta acris (Bay) Leaf Oil
Beeswax PelletsCera alba
Bentonite ClayBentonite
Bergamot OilCitrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil
Bitter Orange OilCitrus aurantium amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil
Black Pepper OilPiper nigrum (Black pepper) Seed Oil
Black Raspberry Seed OilRubus Occidentalis (Black Raspberry) Seed Oil
Borage OilBorago officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil
Cade OilJuniperus oxycedrus wood Oil
Cajaput OilMelaleuca leucadendron Cajaput Oil
Calendula Flower ExtractCalendula Officinalis (Flower) Extract
Calendula Oil InfusedPrunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Calendula officinalis Flower Extract
Calendula PetalsCalendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flowers
Camphor OilCinnamomum camphora (Camphor) Bark Oil
Cardamom ExtractElettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom) Oil
Castor OilRicinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil
Cedarwood Essential OilJuniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil
Cedarwood Oil AtlasCedrus atlantica Bark Oil
Cedarwood Oil VirginianJuniperus virginiana Oil
Chamomile Blue (German)Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil
Chamomile marocOrmenis multicaulis Oil
Chamomile RomanAnthemis nobilis Flower Oil
Cinnamon OilCinnamomum zeylanicum Leaf Oil
Citric AcidCitric Acid
Citronella OilCymbopogon nardus (Citronella) Oil
Clary Sage OilSalvia sclarea (Clary) Oil
Clove Bud OilEugenia caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil
Clove Leaf OilEugenia caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil
Cocoa ButterTheobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter
Cocoa Butter, DeodorizedTheobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter
Cocoa Butter, OrganicTheobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter
Cocoa Butter, Pure PressedTheobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter
Cocoa PowderTheobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Powder
Coconut OilCaprylic/Capric Triglyceride
Coconut Oil (RBD)Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil
Coconut Oil FractionatedCaprylic/Capric Triglyceride
Coconut Oil HardCocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil
Coffee Bean ButterHydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil
Coffee Seed Oil, ArabicaCoffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil
Comfrey Root PowderSymphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Root Powder
Coriander Seed OilCoriandrum sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil
Corn StarchZea Mays (Corn) Starch
Cranberry Seed OilVaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil
Curcuma OilCurcuma zedoaria Root Oil
Cypress oilCupressus sempervirens Leaf/Stem Oil
Dead Sea MudMaris Limus (Black Mud)
Eucalyptus Citriodora OilEucalyptus citriodora Oil
Eucalyptus OilEucalyptus globulus Leaf Oil
Evening Primrose OilOenothera biennis (Evening primrose) Oil
Frankincense OilBoswellia carterii Oil
Geranium OilPelargonium graveolens Flower Oil
Geranium Oil BourbonPelargonium graveolens Flower Oil
Ginger OilZingiber officinale (Ginger) Root Oil
Grape Seed OilVitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil
Grapefruit OilCitrus grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil
Grapeseed OilVitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil
Green Tea Leaf PowderCamellia Sinensis (Green Tea
Hazelnut OilCorylus avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil
Hemp Seed OilCannabis sativa Seed Oil
Honey PowderHoney and Maltodextrin
Hypericum Oil InfusedHypericum perforatum Oil
Jasmin AbsoluteJasminum officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract
Jojoba BeadsHydrogenated Jojoba Oil
Jojoba EstersHydrogenated Jojoba Oil
Jojoba OilSimmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
Juniper OilJuniperus communis (Juniper) Wood Oil
Juniperberry OilJuniperus communis Fruit Oil
Coral Kaolin ClayKaolin (and) Red Iron Oxide
White Kaolin Clay(White Clay) Kaolin
Yellow Kaolin ClayKaolin (and) Illite
Lavender Bud ExtractLavandula Angustifolia Flower Extract
Lavender OilLavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil
Lemon OilCitrus medica limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil
Lemon Tea Tree OilLeptospermum petersonii Oil
Lemongrass OilCymbopogon schoenanthus Oil
Lime OilCitrus aurantifolia (Lime) Oil
Liquid Paraffin (Mineral Oil)Parffinum liquidum
Litsea Cubeba OilLitsea cubeba Fruit Oil
Mandarin OilCitrus nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil
Mango ButterMangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter
Marigold (tagettes) OilTagetes minuta flower Oil
Marjoram OilOriganum majorana Leaf Oil
Melissa OilMelissa officinalis Flower Oil
Mica PowderMica
Mimosa AbsMimosa tenuiflora Bark Extract
Murumuru ButterAstrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter
Myrrh OilCommiphora myrrha Oil
Myrtle OilMyrtus communis Oil
Neem OilAzadirachta Indica (Neem) Kernel Oil
Niaouli OilMelaleuca viridiflora Leaf Oil
Nutmeg OilMyristica fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Oil
Olive OilOlea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil
Olive pomace OilOlea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil
Orange Oil SweetCitrus aurantium dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil
Palm Kernal OilElaeis guineensis (Palm) kernel oil
Palm OilEleais Guineensis (Palm) Oil
Palmarosa OilCymbopogon martini Oil
Papaya Seed OilCarica Papaya (Papaya) Seed Oil
Patchouli OilPogostemon cablin Oil
Peach Kernal OilPrunus persica (Peach) kernel Oil
Peppermint Essential OilMentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil
Peppermint OilMentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil
Peppermint Oil (corn mint oil)Mentha arvensis Leaf Oil
Peru BalsamMyroxylon pereirae (Balsam Peru) Resin.
Petitgrain OilCitrus aurantium amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf Oil
Pine OilPinus sylvestris (Pine) Leaf Oil
Pomegrante OilPunica granatum Seed Oil
Pumice PowderPumice
Pumpkin Seed OilCucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil
Rice Bran OilOryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil
Rose AbsRosa centifolia Flower Oil
Rose ClayKaolin (White Clay) (and) Iron Oxide
Rose Geranium OilPelargonium Roseum Leaf Oil
Rose Hip PowderRosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Powder
Rose OttoRosa damascena Flower Oil
Rosehip OilRosa canina Fruit Oil
Rosemary OilRosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil
Rosewood OilAniba rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil
Safflower OilCarthamus tinctorius (Safflower) seed Oil
Sage OilSalvia officinalis (Sage) Oil
Sandalwood OilSantalum album (Sandalwood) Oil
Sea Butter, Organic RefinedButyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter
Shea ButterButyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter)
Shea OilButyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract and Citric Acid (0.001% added for stability)
Soya Bean OilGlycine soja (Soybean) Oil
Spearmint OilMentha viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil
Sunflower OilHelianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
Sweet Almond OilPrunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil
Tamanu OilCalophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Oil
Tangerine OilCitrus reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil
Tea Tree OilMelaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil
Thyme OilThymus vulgaris (Thyme) Oil
Turmeric PowderCurcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Powder
Vanilla ExtractVanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract
Vegetable GlycerinGlycerin
Virgin Coconut OilCocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil
Vitamin ETocopherol
Vitamin E Oild-Alpha Tocopherol
Wheatgerm OilTriticum vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil
Whole Milk PowderButtermilk Powder
Wintergreen OilGaultheria procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil
Witch HazelHamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate (and) Benzoic Acid
Witch HazelHamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol
Yarrow OilAchillea millefolium Oil
Ylang Ylang OilCananga odorata Flower Oil

How to label soap for selling

Knowing What You Are Making

If you plan on making claims about a bar of soap or other cosmetic products you make, it is important to note it may change or require additional labeling. If you advertise it as repelling bugs, it would no longer be considered a cosmetic and would now fall under the EPA labeling guidelines.

Do you plan on claiming a soap is anti-bacterial or even if you claim it helps with acne or eczema? It could now fall under the FDA drug approval and labeling regulations.

Want to learn how to make soap? Check out our YouTube channel! Need help keeping your soaping organized? Check out our Free Soaping Printables!

Need More INCI Names?

If you are new to soap making or need a little more help, Soap Calc has a new INCI feature! Once you input all of your ingredients, hit the view print recipe button.

How to label soap for selling

Then, at the top of the page you will see a button that says INCI names, just simply click it!

How to label soap for selling

Once you click it, it will list all of your recipes in the correct order with INCI names. The only thing you will need to do is add any liquids or additives to your list, and you are done!

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