CLP for Candle Makers
So, you’ve heard about CLP and you know that it’s a piece of legislation that we, candle makers, must comply with, to sell our candles legally on the market, but why?
CLP stands for Classification, Labelling & Packaging Regulation specifically (EC) No 1272/2008. The CLP regulation adopts the United Nations Globally Harmonised System on the classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS) across all European Union countries, including the UK. (And yes, before you ask, we will still need to comply with CLP after Brexit, as GHS is a worldwide piece of legislation to make the transportation of chemicals and hazardous products standard across the globe.)
Now, as you are probably aware. candles & melts come under CLP simply because most fragrance oils and essential oils are deemed in their neat state (i.e. 100% oil) to be harmful in one way or another this could be because they are flammable, pose a risk to health e.g. a skin irritant, an eye irritant, a carcinogenic or it can pose a serious hazard to the aquatic environment (note: this does not mean that any fish or other aquatic species in a fish tank in the vicinity of the lit candle will be harmed, but more that if the oil were to come into contact with the outside aquatic environment such as rivers, lakes, ponds, dykes, reservoirs, etc., it would do long term harm to the species within that waterway).
We will not attempt to explain how to create your own label, but it is important for you to understand the rules and regulations and how they apply to candles & melts remembering that the CLP regulations were not devised for our products, more our products fall under the remit of CLP. Under the CLP regulations, we must assess what hazards are present in our products and label our candles/wax melts accordingly. This means taking the SDS for the neat oil and working out which, if any, hazards are triggered at the level used in the final product in our case, and as an industry standard 10% is a good starting point. Calculating a label manually is not impossible, but we have taken the hard work of generating the label away from you, and provide not only the CLP label at 10%, but also the SDS at 100% for all our oils. These have been generated by the manufacturer of the oils we supply, so are 100% accurate. Please also note, we only sell oils that are manufactured in the U.K. The CLP labels we provide will cover you to use our oils at 10% or below in any non-hazardous base, which is what wax is. Yes, you can work out the hazard at the exact level, if your oil is less than 10%, but it’s not necessary as unlike cosmetics we only need to assess and label what hazards are present in our products. Obviously if you use more than 10% oil in your final product, add other oils, or use the oils with a hazardous base for example, Augeo for making reed diffusers, you will need to work out how these hazardous bases affect the CLP label and amend it accordingly. If you require CLP calculated at a higher percentage, please get in touch.
It’s important to mention that as candle makers, you are NOT the end user, that would be your customers i.e. the public and therefore it is vitally important that you have access to the SDS at 100%. This is so you can see what hazards the oils trigger at 100%, so you can safely handle and dispose of them. It’s a legal requirement that all fragrance / essential oil suppliers provide this information to their customers i.e. you and if they don t, they are breaking the law. If you have a supplier who refuses to provide you with this information you can report them to Trading Standards but is simpler and easier to switch to a supplier that does provide them.
All documents are available to download for each fragrance oil on the website, simply click on, fragrance oils then fragrance name, and under the heading Product Description you will find all necessary documents pertaining to that particular oil (unfortunately there is no one size fits all label, every fragrance has to have its own label)
TWILIGHT CANDLE Co. on 1st January 2017, all details are correct as of this date