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Beeswax-ProductsThe Law and Selling your Beeswax Products

Honeybees produce beeswax as well as honey, and weight for weight beeswax sells for about 3 times the price of honey. It is also a lovely substance to work with and crying out to be used in products, adding value all the while. So why don’t more of us produce beeswax polish, candles, skin creams and soaps for sale? Well, if you think the labelling requirements for honey are onerous, that’s nothing compared to the legal hurdles before you can sell even the most basic beeswax lip balm. There are also labelling requirements for polish and candles, and regulations governing the sale of products via the internet or by mail order.

I am writing this as a fellow beekeeper and a small scale producer of cosmetics using beeswax and honey, beeswax candles and beeswax polish all of which I sell at local markets and also via a website. What follows is my understanding of the requirements of the law, an overview of the parts of various regulations that I think are likely to apply, not a complete guide, more a starting point. It is up to you as the manufacturer to familiarise yourself with the relevant regulations and official guidelines that are readily available on the internet. In fact, if you are going to sell cosmetic products these days the first pre-requisite seems to be internet access, time to read great swathes of legislation and the ability to make sense of them (recommended reading for insomniacs) and, as if that wasn’t enough, a talent for IT to get you through the new Cosmetics Product Notification Portal. Fortunately the requirements for polish and candles are less complex.

Links to Legislation and Guidelines
Selling Products
• http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2008/1284/contents/made
• https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/39334/10-761-guide-to-cpsr.pdf
• http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:342:0059:0209:en:PDF
• http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/sectors/cosmetics/documents/guidelines/index_en.htm
Cosmetics Product Notification Portal (CPNP)
• http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/sectors/cosmetics/files/pdf/cpnp_new_en.pdf
• http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/sectors/cosmetics/files/pdf/cpnp_user_manual_en.pdf
Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulations
• http://www.hse.gov.uk/chemical-classification/legal/clp-regulation.htm
• http://echa.europa.eu/information-on-chemicals/cl-inventory
• http://clp-inventory.echa.europa.eu/Pictograms/GHS07.png
• http://clp-inventory.echa.europa.eu/Pictograms/GHS02.png
• http://clp-inventory.echa.europa.eu/Pictograms/GHS09.png
• http://clp-inventory.echa.europa.eu/Pictograms/GHS08.png
Candle Labelling
• http://www3.hants.gov.uk/tradingstandards/product-safety/candles.htm
• http://www.satra.co.uk/spotlight/article_view.php?id=120
Online Sales Requirements
• https://www.gov.uk/online-and-distance-selling-for-businesses/overview
Bee Craft Beekeeping Information Centre
• www.bee-craft.com/beekeeping-information-centre/