Safety Assessment faq

If you want to make and sell your own cosmetics, a Cosmetic Safety Assessment Report (CPSR) is a legal requirement. Our CPSRs have been created specifically for small-scale producers.

PURCHASING ASSESSMENTS

How do I buy an assessment? You simply need to purchase our 8 variant Cosmetic Base Safety Assessment. You can do this here. You will need to download and fill out a CPSR Form, which can be found here. Please also read our 'Do's and Don'ts of Submitting for Assessment' article too. The email address to send your completed form to is assessments@naturallybalmy.co.uk. Once we have checked your recipes we will begin the process of writing your report which will usually be completed and returned to you in 6-8 weeks.

How Much Are Assessments? Our 8 variant Cosmetic Bases are £149+VAT subject to additional admin fees for complex recipes or complex oil blends.

How do the assessment packages work? With our assessment report package, you can certify one single cosmetic base and you can have up to 8 variations on your base recipe. You have the option of adding 1 or 2 additional variants to this package for £30 for one, or £50 for two (ex. VAT). Variations mean different scents / colours / herbs. You can have 1 Cosmetic Base as your base and up to 5 extra ingredients in each variation.

Are your assessments valid outside the UK? They can be - if you live outside the UK, there is a surcharge as additional information needs to be compiled by the chemists.

How long will the assessment take? After we have checked your recipes with the assessor, and you have made any required changes, we will then submit your recipes for write-up. We aim to have your CPSR completed and returned to you within 6-8 weeks.

Do I get the plain unscented cosmetic base included automatically in the assessment? No, not unless you stipulate it as a separate variant.

Can I buy an assessment package and add some variants now, some later? Our packages entitle you to 8 different variations on your base. You don't have to submit all your variants at once, you can submit any remaining variants up to 6 months after your report has been returned to you. However, this will incur a £30 + VAT admin fee. After 6 months, they will be charged at the additional variant rate of £45 + VAT for 1, or £75 + VAT for 2, or £95 + VAT for 3. Please note no additions will be accepted at all after 12 months have passed since your original report was returned to you.

Can I add variants onto my package? Additional variants cost £45 + VAT for 1, £75 + VAT for 2, or £95 + VAT for 3. Please note that you need to submit these within 12 months of receiving your original report.

Do you do a package for creams? Or any other product not mentioned on your website? Yes we can assess pretty much any products that can be made using our cosmetic bases. We cannot however assess tattoo balms, or any products which look like food such as donut soaps, cupcake bath bombs etc. Also we can't assess anything too 'medicinal' such as muscle balm, eczema balm etc. You can make a general body balm in this instance but not one specifically designed to 'cure' any ailment.

Do you do a package for perfumes / fragrance products? Perfume type products can go onto a report package, but due to the additional work that goes into them, the prices are higher than that of standard packages, so perfumes/fragrance products need bespoke quotes - these quotes vary a lot, so we cannot give an estimate like we can for other recipes. Please submit requesting a quote so we can speak to the team about it for you.

Can I use 2 types of soap base in one assessment? No, the base must remain the same in every variant on the report. If you want to use an alternative base then a second report will be required.

 

SUBMITTING YOUR RECIPES

How do I submit my recipes? You will need to download our submission form to submit your recipes to us - you can do so on our CPSR Forms page here. There is a lot of info on the forms which should answer any questions you have, but do check out our 'Do's and Don'ts of Submitting for Assessment' article too.

Will I need to send any supporting information or documents? - Only if we ask specifically for further information. In nearly all cases we will have all of the information that we require on file.

Do you need me to send in my products? No, we don't need to physically see your products to produce your safety assessment. You just need to download and fill in our submission form.

Will I fail the assessment? We check over all recipes with our assessor Scott Grainger first, and if there are any problems, we simply advise you of the changes that should be made so you can re-submit. This part of the process is entirely free.

AFTER PURCHASE

Will I get help with the other legalities of selling cosmetic products, i.e. my PIF, labelling guidance? Yes, once you have purchased an assessment you can request info sheets from us which we can send you for free. However, we cannot offer any more guidance thereafter, and it is your responsibility to make sure you are fully compliant (as per the help sheets), not ours. You will also need to notify the products on the UK Portal (and/or CPNP Portal for EU sales), the UK Portal can be accessed via the following link: Submit a cosmetic product notification - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Will I need any additional testing for my products, such as challenge testing / stability testing? For most single phase products, i.e. balms, oils, scrubs etc. you won't need to get any additional testing done as stability is assumed for these products. The only products which need challenge testing are emulsions such creams, or any product which combines oil and water, as well as products containing botanicals, as the efficacy of the preservative needs to be tested. However our assessor will advise on if this is needed once he sees your recipes. If you're making your own ingredients such as honey / beeswax etc you might need a TVC test. See below for more info.

WHAT IS / ISN'T PERMITTED

Can I use my own honey / beeswax? You can generally add up to 5-10% of commercial honey in lip balms, but if you're wanting to use your own honey or beeswax, a TVC test will need to be carried out for each batch. This is just for lip balms and other leave-on products. For CP/HP soap, there are no additional tests needed when using your own.

Can I make my products look and smell like food (i.e. donuts, cupcakes, slice of pie etc)? No unfortunately not; even if you're putting warnings on the labels; vulnerable people don't read warnings on the labels and there is a real danger of them ingesting them.

Can I make multiple shapes/designs of soaps under the same variant? Yes you can; as long as it’s the same recipe / ingredients and you write ‘no food imitation’ on the variant description.

Can I use wild herbs? You can't forage for your own herbs due to pesticides etc. You must use home grown or commercially purchased dry herbs for CP soaps. Or just commercially purchased for all other products. 

How much vitamin E can I add to lip balms? You can add up to 2% Vitamin E to lip balms.

Can I add botanicals to lip balms? Not without additional TVC testing for each batch.

Can I use CBD in lip balms / other products? CBD isolate is not allowed in lip balms due to controversies and uncertainties within some EU regulations. We assess according to EU regulations. The reports must be in line with all EU countries. While CBD isolates are legal in the UK, they can only be inhaled or vaped. They cannot be ingested as a powder or used with a carrier oil. This makes the usage of CBD isolate oils illegal. Only full-spectrum CBD Oil that contains less than 0.2% of THC is legal for consumption. Generally we say 1% maximum – and a cosmetic function must be given – i.e. moisturising, etc.