Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Deciphering a Cosmetic Label

Hey y'all!

I hope this post finds you doing well. It has been some time since I've posted only because I am having trouble typing with my finger injury. Here goes my re-entry into the blogosphere!

Cosmetics, whether manufactured in the United States or imported from abroad, must be in compliance with the labeling guidelines of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act (FD&C Act).

Items required on a label are:
  • Ingredients are listed in descending order of predominance by their INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) name.
  • Must state the name of the product and accurate statement of net weight. Solid, semisolid or viscous cosmetics are listed as pound and ounce where liquid measurements are listed as U.S. gallon and the subdivisions of fluid ounce, quart and pint.
  • The name and place of the company distributing the cosmetic must be present. If the company is listed in the phone book, the street address may be omitted. If the company distributing the cosmetic is not the manufacturer, it must state "Manufactured for or Distributed by".
  • Cosmetics which may be hazardous when misused must bear a warning label and adequate directions for safe use. Examples of products requiring such statements are cosmetics in aerosol containers, feminine deodorant sprays and bubble bath products for children.
  • Labels bearing misleading or false information or not labeled in accordance with the labeling guidelines, may be considered misbranded and may be subject to regulatory action.
For more Cosmetic Labeling Guide information, please visit the FDA website.

You may see a period after opening (PAO) symbol on the label. It symbolizes an open jar, which designates the lifespan of the product in months, after opening. The number of months may be listed out to the right side or on the base of the image.

Manufacturers may also include a logo to indicate the product is certified vegan, organic or cruelty free. Other images you may see:
Recycle logo
The Leaping Bunny logo

Caring Consumer (PETA) logo

Cactus & Ivy is licensed to use both The Leaping Bunny and Caring Consumer logos. Each year, I must complete a statement that our products are not tested on animals and I only purchase from suppliers who adhere to the same standards.

I hope this helps you determine what is in your bath and beauty products. If you have any questions, please ask. Whether you are purchasing from Cactus & Ivy or another company, I want you to be informed. I am here to help.

Thanks for stopping by y'all and I hope you have a fabulous Tuesday!

Creator Extraordinaire
Cactus & Ivy

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Coconut Milk Powder

Hey y'all!

I hope this post finds you doing well. Coconut Milk Powder has become a favorite ingredient of mine for its creamy feel, natural sweet aroma and the way it makes my skin feel.

Coconut milk powder in bath products create a moisturizing and nutrient rich experience. Comprised of more than 90% medium chain triglycerides, coconut milk powder is a superior emollient, perfect for all skin types and has been used to treat skin ailments like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

Presently, coconut milk powder is found in our Coconut Soy Bath Grains, but hold the phone. I will be unveiling a new product that is sweet and creamy and full of awesomeness. Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by y'all and I hope you have a fabulous day!

Creator Extraordinaire
Cactus & Ivy

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Day of Remembrance

Hey y'all -

Today is a somber day of remembrance.
A day of honoring the men and women who lost their lives 8 years ago today. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the loved ones whose lives were lost on this tragic day.

In honor and remembrance of United Flight 175, American Flight 11, World Trade Center, Pentagon, American Flight 77 and United Flight 93.

This American will never forget. May they rest in peace.

Lisa M. Rodgers
Cactus & Ivy

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Cactus & Ivy | Shine A Light Nominee

Hey y'all!

I hope this post finds you doing well. This post is to ask for your support in the Shine A Light program, which Cactus & Ivy is a nominee.

On Friday of last week, my father nominated Cactus & Ivy for the opportunity to win $100,000 in grant and marketing support. Nominated stories need 50 spotlights to proceed to the judging stage for consideration.

In order to endorse my story, you are required to register on the site before you can show your support. I can't say enough about how the grant money and marketing support would change Cactus & Ivy. Each day, I strive to take my company to another level while providing products with a purpose.

The deadline for receiving endorsements is Sunday, September 13, 2009. Your support is greatly appreciated.
You may read my story, register and give your endorsement here.

Thanks for stopping by y'all and I hope you have a fantastic day!

Creator Extraordinaire
Cactus & Ivy

Monday, September 7, 2009

Happy Labor Day Y'all

Hey y'all!

I hope this post finds you having a great day! Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September, to honor the economic and social accomplishments of American workers.

{picture care of istockphoto}

On a lighter note, this picture made me giggle so I had to post it! Growing up, my Mom always told me, "You can't wear white after Labor Day". Well......the fact is.....I blaze my own trail and have worn white after Labor Day, if the mood fit me. Woot!!

Thanks for stopping by y'all! Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

Cactus & Ivy

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Cactus & Ivy | New Label Design

Hey y'all!

I hope this post finds you doing well. It has been so long since I've posted anything and I do apologize. Our vacation, Slug Fest '09, was so relaxing and I actually 'unplugged' for a week.....because the hubby forgot to pack the power cable to the laptop. It was a blessing in disguise.

Our label re-design is finally over and now it is time to print, apply and take product pictures. The new design completely reflects Cactus & Ivy and the direction it is headed. Each product line has a different design background with bright colors to coordinate with the aroma. The dark grey face and white text just add to the clean and spirited feel I wanted. I'm stoked that the Cactus & Ivy logo is a focal point, which helps with brand recognition. The graphic designer really hit the nail on the head. Here are a few for the unveiling. I'd love to know what you think!

Body, Bath & Massage Elixir

Thanks for stopping by y'all and I hope you have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

Creator Extraordinaire
Cactus & Ivy