The Essence of Essential Oils Package Labeling

POSTED 03/10/2017
The Essence of Essential Oils Package Labeling - EHG

Whether you consider essential oils to be a household item, cosmetic, food ingredient or drug, it is undeniable that the use and sale of fragrant oils and essential oils are becoming increasingly popular. The challenges for labeling these products are many, from selecting labels that can stand up to the oil-based ingredients inside, to making sure all labeling requirements are met.

How to Choose the Right Label for Essential Oils

Products with oily contents, like essential oils, pose a special challenge for product labeling. Exposure to oils and moisture can cause the label to run or smear, and label adhesion can be an issue if the wrong label materials are used. Because of these considerations, making sure you have the right label in place at the time of packaging can help avoid these post-packaging label problems and surprises.

To ensure your label has staying power and will continue to represent your brand and the products inside, you’ll want to select labels that are durable and tear-proof, and those that hold up well to moisture and oils. There are many label materials that fit the bill and any reputable label supplier can guide you to the best option for your application. Because essential oils are also frequently produced in small quantities, Cut and Stack labels printed on appropriate materials may be a great option. For larger production quantities, Roll-to-Roll labels can be a very cost-effective and durable choice for essential oil labeling applications.

Tips for Essential Oil Labeling

It is also very important to remember, no matter how your essential oil product is being packaged, strict labeling requirements set by the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) for essential and fragrant oils are in place. To be sure your label not only stands up to use and time, but also complies with all federal labeling requirements, it’s always a good idea to consult with a professional labeling company who has experience in labeling essential oils, no matter what the intended application.

For example, all essential oil products, regardless of what they are, how they are used or what claims are made, must have the three items on the product label:

  1. Name of the item
  2. Net Contents (including metric measurements)
  3. Name and Address (of manufacturer or distributor)

In addition, for cosmetics, the FDA (which is responsible for implementing and enforcing the FPLA requirements as applied to foods, drugs and cosmetics) requires:

  • Declaration of ingredients (in descending order of predominance)

Finally, for drugs, there are additional approval and label requirements which can be found on the FDA website.

Epsen Hillmer Graphics has Label Solutions for Every Essential Oil Packaging Need (402) 342-7000

Epsen Hillmer Graphics has the expertise and solutions to help you navigate the challenges of labeling essential oils and fragrant oils. Call us today at 402-342-7000 to discuss your labeling needs.