Cosmetics soaps toiletries

Sale of cosmetics, soaps and toiletries.

Dear Trader,

We would like to draw your attention to the regulations on the production and sale of soap, cosmetics and toiletries and confirm that all traders are now required to comply with the law when trading with us.

Like all good events we take seriously the well-being of our customers, and we respect those traders who have high standards of customer care. The explanation below refers to soap – please follow the links for guidance on the production and sale of all cosmetics and products applied to the skin. We have taken advice from legal sources and our trader-base, but regret that we are unable to interpret these regulations or advise you on compliance; traders will need to do their own research as part of the growth of their own business.


The manufacture and sale of soaps and toiletries is governed by the EU Cosmetics Regulation No 1223/2009. This is applicable to anyone selling soap/toiletries irrespective of the size or scale of your business and you must be in compliance with the legislation when you accept money for your products. There used to be separate legislation for each EU country, but changes in the law in 2013 means that if you comply, you can sell your soaps anywhere in the EU now.

To be able to sell any soaps/toiletries made at home you must first have registered as a company as follows:


If you wish to make and sell your products within the UK you are required to notify the Department for Business, Innovations and Skills in writing via e-mail ( that you are manufacturing soaps/toiletries;  you should include your name, company name and address. You are also advised to contact your local Trading Standards Office at this stage.

You must also have a safety assessment carried out on each product that you have for sale.

You MUST also have Public Liability Insurance.

If you want any further details this web page is a good resource

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