#1

Administrator
Philadelphia, PA
Is it legal to ship aftershaves that contain alcohol in them from the USA to Canada? I'm reading some mixed stuff, where some say no, while others say yes if it's shipped via ground and less than 4lbs. the threads I have mostly found on the subject are from 2013 so I'm not sure if they're still accurate or not.
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#2

Merchant
Central Maine
USPS, If it goes by air it's a potential $250,000 fine and 20 years in the slammer. If by ground it's OK. I'm less than 100 miles from the border and I only ship to Quebec so it goes by truck to the border where Canada Post picks up the pallet, and that's OK last I heard. I also always ship it 1st class to insure they know there's no hurry.

It was the jet that slammed into the everglades due to O2 generators or some such that produced the seriousness of penalty and made the change in reg's.

Of course you could ship UPS ground too. From Philly, that would probably be your best best to insure compliance.

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#3

Member
Redwood City
i was thinking about this yesterday when using Tallow & Steel Classic aftershave splash. to get around these types of restrictions, it would be cool if vendors offered a special international version of their non-alcohol splashes where a customer could combine the base with alcohol upon delivery. think of it like an alcohol-free cocktail mix that you later add alcohol to. maybe ship it in a bottle that's partially full with just enough room left for the alcohol. is this a dumb idea?

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#4
(11-29-2017, 08:09 PM)drdeemanda Wrote: i was thinking about this yesterday when using Tallow & Steel Classic aftershave splash. to get around these types of restrictions, it would be cool if vendors offered a special international version of their non-alcohol splashes where a customer could combine the base with alcohol upon delivery. think of it like an alcohol-free cocktail mix that you later add alcohol to. maybe ship it in a bottle that's partially full with just enough room left for the alcohol. is this a dumb idea?

Not a bad idea but I assume the presuming would be a big consideration since many fragrances are aged in the alcohol base. Plus, I don't know if some consistency ingredients and/or emulsifiers are only functional if mixed with the alcohol and other included ingredients.

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#5
(11-29-2017, 08:38 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote:
(11-29-2017, 08:09 PM)drdeemanda Wrote: i was thinking about this yesterday when using Tallow & Steel Classic aftershave splash. to get around these types of restrictions, it would be cool if vendors offered a special international version of their non-alcohol splashes where a customer could combine the base with alcohol upon delivery. think of it like an alcohol-free cocktail mix that you later add alcohol to. maybe ship it in a bottle that's partially full with just enough room left for the alcohol. is this a dumb idea?

Not a bad idea but I assume the presuming would be a big consideration since many fragrances are aged in the alcohol base. Plus, I don't know if some consistency ingredients and/or emulsifiers are only functional if mixed with the alcohol and other included ingredients.

Pretty much. It would be like having a bag of hops at home and adding it to your ale when it got to your house.
#6

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Redwood City
(11-30-2017, 04:19 AM)EFDan Wrote:
(11-29-2017, 08:38 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote:
(11-29-2017, 08:09 PM)drdeemanda Wrote: i was thinking about this yesterday when using Tallow & Steel Classic aftershave splash. to get around these types of restrictions, it would be cool if vendors offered a special international version of their non-alcohol splashes where a customer could combine the base with alcohol upon delivery. think of it like an alcohol-free cocktail mix that you later add alcohol to. maybe ship it in a bottle that's partially full with just enough room left for the alcohol. is this a dumb idea?

Not a bad idea but I assume the presuming would be a big consideration since many fragrances are aged in the alcohol base. Plus, I don't know if some consistency ingredients and/or emulsifiers are only functional if mixed with the alcohol and other included ingredients.

Pretty much. It would be like having a bag of hops at home and adding it to your ale when it got to your house.


I don’t know much about making aftershaves. I was just thinking out loud.


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#7
(11-30-2017, 04:54 AM)drdeemanda Wrote:
(11-30-2017, 04:19 AM)EFDan Wrote:
(11-29-2017, 08:38 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote: Not a bad idea but I assume the presuming would be a big consideration since many fragrances are aged in the alcohol base. Plus, I don't know if some consistency ingredients and/or emulsifiers are only functional if mixed with the alcohol and other included ingredients.

Pretty much.  It would be like having a bag of hops at home and adding it to your ale when it got to your house.


I don’t know much about making aftershaves. I was just thinking out loud.


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I was also. That was just the first thing that popped into my small head lol.
#8
(11-20-2017, 08:25 AM)andrewjs18 Wrote: Is it legal to ship aftershaves that contain alcohol in them from the USA to Canada?  I'm reading some mixed stuff, where some say no, while others say yes if it's shipped via ground and less than 4lbs.  the threads I have mostly found on the subject are from 2013 so I'm not sure if they're still accurate or not.

UPS Ground will take it.

FedEx ground will not, as they classify it as a personal item and there something in FedEx that does not allow personal grooming items to go ground and MUST go express....

USPS will not take it unless it clearly states what percent alcohol. Even then, they give you a hard time and still won't take it.

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