Tiara, to the person in this thread who claims to have been making mineral makeup for a decade and states that all cosmetic companies must have million dollar clean rooms and pay 50k per product for FDA approval, that couldn’t be more inaccurate and in fact, not a single word of it is true whatsoever.
That can be verified by the FDA’s Cosmetic Guidance, Compliance and Regulatory Information:
Furthermore, Cosmetics companies are not required to file with the FDA. The FDA Cosmetic Registration Program is voluntary.
I believe that the commenter may be confused about companies obtaining the right to specify and advertise an SPF for products. That DOES require testing for each color within a foundation range as well as testing for each batch, by an independent lab. A company cannot specify an SPF without having this testing done and recorded with the FDA.
Due to the costs of the testing, as well as the requirement that it be established for each batch and each color, no small independent mineral cosmetic company would be able to afford such expense. Only the largest mineral makeup companies, who manufacture en masse are able to do this. At this time I am only aware of Bare Escentuals and Jane Iredale as having done this. When Bare Escentuals met these requirements about 5-6 years ago, it was a VERY big promotional push.
All mineral makeup companies are required to follow FDA GMP’s (Good manufacturing Practices) and if you read the link I provide to you, you’ll see that those involve some pretty basic standards of hygiene and do NOT require a million+++ dollar “clean room” environments.
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