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Marie Gale

Marie Gale has over 20 years in the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry. After seeing how the labeling and other applicable laws and regulations were confusing to small business owners, in 2008 Marie researched and wrote her first book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regulations Written in Plain English. Followed by several updated editions, it has become an indispensable mainstay for soap and cosmetic handcrafters, aromatherapists, herbalists and others who make products and who want to comply with US labeling requirements. Her subsequent books include 300 Years of Natural Soap and Cosmetic Recipes (2011), Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters (2012), and her most recent, Navigating the Rules and Regs: A Practical Guide for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters (2022).

Her long-time passion is educating product makers so they can protect their businesses by being in compliance with existing laws and regulations. In addition to speaking engagements and classes addressing soap and cosmetic labeling, Marie has a website ( which provides a wealth of information about labeling and legislation. She also offers a label review service and consultation services.

We sell all of Marie's current books in the HSCG Store at a discounted price! HSCG Store

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