Do I have to register with AICIS if my soap with only has 'natural' ingredients? What if it’s vegan?

Modified on Wed, 01 Jul 2020 at 09:46 AM

A. Yes, if you’ve imported or made the soap using a chemical process — and you plan to sell the soap commercially — then you need to register and check the Inventory for your ingredients.

All soaps will have at least 1 ingredient that does not meet our definition of a 'naturally occurring chemical'. Most ‘natural’ ingredients are extracted using chemical processes, so you must register if you import or manufacture these ingredients.

Our definition of an ‘industrial chemical’ covers most cosmetic ingredients, even those sourced from nature.

There is an exception — you don’t have to register if you only buy your ingredients from an Australian supplier and you make soap using a melt-and pour-process with a soap base.

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