Our New CPSR Service

Our New CPSR Service

April 01, 2022

Good news for all you small business owners out there! We've just launched our Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) service. Not sure what a CPSR is? We're here to help uncover the mysteries of the CPSR process!

What is CPSR?

Good question! A Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR), is a legal document prepared by a chemist to ensure the safety of your recipes and finished products. It is made of two parts, cosmetic product safety information and a cosmetic product safety assessment.

Who needs a CPSR?

If you want to create and sell your own cosmetics and skincare blends then you will need a CPSR. You will need one whether you make your own cosmetics and skincare from scratch or if you are buying a base such as our Melt & Pour Soap Base.

What types of CPSR do you offer?

We currently offer CPSR for:

Please note syndet or melt and pour shampoo bars aren't covered in any of our assessments.

Our CPSR service is designed so that you can get similar products assessed at the same time, at a reduced cost. Before purchase you can select the number of recipe variations you would like to submit.

What is a variation?

If you are making a range of products from the same base recipe with different additives, we call these variations.

We allow botanicals, exfoliants, fragrances and colourants as additives. Any other type of change to the recipe requires buying a separate assessment.

It is easier to explain with an example.

Let’s say you make three types of soap using shea butter melt and pour soap base. One is with lemon essential oil and lemon sherbet mica powder. The second type is with lavender essential oil, ultramarine violet, and with dried lavender herbs on top. The third type is with tea tree essential oil, apricot kernel powder and bejewelled green mica powder. To us, that is 3 variations of the same recipe, so you’d need to purchase a melt and pour safety assessment with 3 variations.

If you decide that the tea tree soap would be great if you made it from clear melt and pour soap base, you’d need to buy a safety assessment with one variation and another safety assessment with two variations to cover the lemon and lavender soaps.

Here’s another example

Let’s say you make a cold process soap with the base recipe of: Water, sodium hydroxide, coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil and castor oil. Then you make one batch fragranced with bergamot essential oil, and one batch with geranium essential oil. That is two variations, so you’d need to buy a cold process safety assessment with two variations.

If you decide that the geranium soap could benefit from some added argan oil, you may well be right, but you’d need to buy two separate safety assessments with one variation each.

What do I need to prepare for a CPSR?

  • Decide how many recipe variations you need to buy. 
  • Prepare your recipe for each variation. You'll need to know the ingredient name and quantity, and you'll need to enter these in to our recipe spreadsheet after you buy your assessment. Please use the full name for the ingredients. Here’s an example: If you buy your coconut oil from us, we’ll need to know on the recipe spreadsheet whether it is our coconut refined, coconut organic refined, or our organic extra virgin coconut oil. This way we can submit the correct documents to the assessor.
  • The technical documents for any ingredients that you buy elsewhere. That means the MSDS and COA for most ingredients, along with an IFRA for any fragrance or essential oils. We will supply the documents for our ingredients to the assessor directly.
  • The UK responsible person's name and contact information. For most makers, that would be you. 
  • If you would like your CPSR to cover your ingredients in the EU then you'll need to supply an EU responsible person's details too, but this is an optional extra. The EU responsible person needs to be an EU resident.
  • Details about the finished product to include; finished product weight, a description of its packaging, a photo of the packaging and a photo of the product label. If you haven't finished creating your product labels, that's fine as we can accept a document containing the text that will be on the label.
You won't need any stability or microbiological tests for these CPSRs.

What happens after I've ordered a CPSR?

Once you've ordered your assessment you will receive an email with a link to the recipe spreadsheet and CPSR form. You will need to download the recipe spreadsheet because you can't edit the online version. Once you have completed the recipe spreadsheet for each variation you can upload it to the form.

We'll review the information that you've submitted and get back to you if any changes are needed.

How long does it take to get a CPSR?

Once all the information has been collected we will submit it to our assessor. Our assessor is currently taking about 3 weeks to complete the assessments.