Good Manufacturing Practices

GMP for Soap & Cosmetic Handcrafters by Marie Gale

Have been working on expanding my product line beyond the five lipstick colors. Look for flavored lip balm and lip gloss soon!

Because some of the flavors are combinations of flavors, from various manufacturers/distributors and each one has been balanced with different percentages, in addition, each flavor has it’s own color, depending on if it’s balm or gloss.   I suddenly have a large volume of data to manage, as well as different manufacturing specifications for the different products.

I’ve found a very helpful book that directly deals with this issue in a concise, thoughtful layout: Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap & Cosmetic Handcrafters by Marie Gale . Since this business has been shoestring, the price point is perfect for me, compared to other similar books on the market.

An excerpt from the back cover: “Establishing and then following good manufacturing practices in your business is like having and using a GPS navigator to get around town. No matter how familiar you are with the streets, it takes a lot less effort to just follow the directions. The trick, of course, is having all the necessary information in the navigator to start with. That’s what GMP is all about – setting up the navigation system for your production and manufacturing. . .”

I believe this book delivers this claim in a concise and well laid out manner. Marie dives right in – on page 17 is a great definition of the different document types, such as: Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Specification Sheets, Master Formulae and Batch Records, Logs (an index of the different documents so you can find them later) and Labels. Also included are sample forms – I think it’s useful to have the visual example.

Organizing all this data is a daunting task; I highly recommend this book if you’re struggling with data and files management in your manufacturing operation.

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