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Can I sell homemade soaps and lotions/balms at a farmer’s market?

Yes, the sale of homemade soaps and lotions are possible under Missouri statute. Chapter 196.015 of Missouri Revised Statutes prohibits the sale of any homemade cosmetics that are adulterated or misbranded. The items must appear safe and sanitary. As long as the soaps and lotion/balms are not being sold by making health claims as cures or treatments they can be sold at farmer’s markets. The FDA has provided guidance for small businesses and homemade cosmetics makers in a fact sheet. More information on soaps can be found on an FDA frequently ask question (FAQ) page on their web site.

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