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DEFINING SOAP: INCA

The International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) is a system of names for waxes, oils, pigments, chemicals, and other ingredients of soaps, cosmetics, and the like. It's based on scientific names and other Latin and English words. The INCI system allows the consumer to identify the ingredient content. In the U.S., true soaps (as defined by the FDA) are specifically exempted from INCI labeling requirements as cosmetics per FDA regulation. Before you read below, you should understand what "an alkali salt of fatty acids" is; it IS soap. When fat and alkali is blended together, the alkali breaks the bonds of the fat and coagulates them into fatty acids and glycerol, which is scientifically considered a "salt" … in layman's terms it is saponified oils; SOAP ! You can read about this labeling topic, in fact, in this article (link cited below), which in part states:

"How FDA defines "soap"

Not every product marketed as soap meets FDA's definition of the term. FDA interprets the term "soap" to apply only when --
" The bulk of the nonvolatile matter in the product consists of an alkali salt of fatty acids and the product's detergent properties are due to the alkali-fatty acid compounds, and
" The product is labeled, sold, and represented solely as soap [21 CFR 701.20].
If a cleanser does not meet all of these criteria...
If a product intended to cleanse the human body does not meet all the criteria for soap, as listed above, it is either a cosmetic or a drug. For example:
If a product --
" consists of detergents or
" primarily of alkali salts of fatty acids and
" is intended not only for cleansing but also for other cosmetic uses, such as beautifying or moisturizing, it is regulated as a cosmetic.

If a product --
" consists of detergents or
" primarily of alkali salts of fatty acids and
" is intended not only for cleansing but also to cure, treat, or prevent disease or to affect the structure or any function of the human body, it is regulated as a drug.

If a product --
" is intended solely for cleansing the human body and
" has the characteristics consumers generally associate with soap,
" does not consist primarily of alkali salts of fatty acids, it may be identified in labeling as soap, but it is regulated as a cosmetic."

Excerpted from: http://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/guidancecomplianceregulatoryinformation/ucm074201.htm



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