Safety Information

Product Safety

We take pride in the safety and quality of our products. It is important to us that you are confident in the testing and ingredients that go into them. That’s why all products we manufacture are of the highest quality and tested annually to ensure they meet or exceed an extensive list of regulations and requirements. All of our manufacturing partners also comply with the appropriate governmental requirements and safety standards.

We manufacture our temporary tattoos here in the United States using only cosmetically compliant materials. Our products comply with all appropriate governmental requirements and safety standards, such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the American Society for Safety and Testing Materials (ASTM), the Consumer Product Safety Information Act (CPSIA) and CA Proposition 65.

All of our products are tested by an accredited 3rd party lab to ensure that they meet all US, Canadian and European standards. In addition to the extensive testing conducted on our products, we are cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practices) & WCA (Workplace Conditions Assessment) certified. Documentation is available upon request.

How can you tell if a temporary tattoo is safe?

There are several things to look for when you are choosing a temporary tattoo. First of all, you should always make sure that the tattoos are non-toxic.  This is especially critical if you are planning to apply the tattoos to your children. A non-toxic temporary tattoo is less likely to cause any kind of reaction on the child’s skin.

The second thing you want to look for is the ink used by the company. You need to make sure the dyes are FDA-certified colorants and they comply with regional safety requirements. This means that the dyes used in the tattoos will not be harmful to the skin.  This is an important attribute because there are colorants on the market that can damage the skin. 

The last thing to look for is that the tattoos are manufactured by a reputable company. California Tattoos has been the industry leader in temporary tattoos for 27 years. California Tattoos, a division of TMI Acquisitions LLC, is the largest manufacturer of temporary tattoos in the world, printing up to 7 million temporary tattoos a day!  We, as a company, design and manufacture all of our products in Tucson, AZ, USA.  All products exceed US, Canadian and EU safety standards and have a worldwide reputation for quality.

How do I know the difference?

There are a few types of temporary tattoos you should be familiar with:

The most widely used temporary tattoo comes as a decal temporary tattoo (water transfer). The tattoo is an image printed on water-permeable paper. The paper is placed ink-side down and applying moisture transfers the image to the skin. The FDA requires that decal-type tattoos use only pigments that have been approved for use in cosmetics; this means they are non-toxic. They are easily removed by baby oil or rubbing alcohol. Some decal-type tattoos that are manufactured in China or Taiwan do not meet these standards. Do not buy decal-type temporary tattoos that give no indication of the ingredients used to manufacture them. You also want to steer clear of temporary tattoos that are digitally printed on temporary tattoo transfer paper. Computer inks are not safe to be worn on the skin and can cause irritation.

Airbrush temporary tattoos are also increasingly popular, however they do not always look as good or last as long as decal temporary tattoos. The method of application is having the tattoo design sprayed on by an artist using a stencil with alcohol-based, FDA approved cosmetic inks. If you are thinking about this kind of tattoo be sure to ask the tattoo artist what kind of ink is used before proceeding. Airbrush temporary tattoos are also easily removed with rubbing alcohol or baby oil.

Many temporary tattoos received at theme parks or on beaches are henna-based tattoos. Henna is a plant-derived substance which is painted on the skin, staining it a reddish-orange-to-brown color. Henna typically lasts for a couple weeks if it is applied correctly, but it does not resemble a real tattoo and, due to the process of application and length of drying time, is typically not a good option for children. If you do choose henna temporary tattoos ensure it is pure henna. Brown, plant-derived henna, tends to cause no allergic reaction and is generally safe for use on all skin types. ***WARNING: Serious problems can occur from the use of henna with certain additives. The FDA reports that “black henna” hand-painted temporary tattoos are especially dangerous, so be sure to ask what is being used. (Note:  This does not apply to decal-style temporary tattoos with a henna design). Water transfer henna temporary tattoos are completely safe!

What makes California Tattoos’s tattoos the best?

All of the tattoos we manufacture are made in the United States with ingredients that have been approved by the FDA. While the FDA does not specifically certify temporary tattoos, it does certify the safety of the ingredients used to make them. All of our ingredients meet or exceed these safety standards, which is vital to our customers as well as a requirement to export to many of the countries to which we ship our products. Here at California Tattoos, we make only decal (press-on) temporary tattoos because we believe that this is the best temporary tattoo option for children and adults, safely delivering a high-quality, realistic effect.

The key is asking the right questions and knowing what to look for; this will ensure that you always have a safe and effective product for your family to use. If you ever have any questions about temporary tattoo safety, do not hesitate to contact us here at California Tattoos so we can put your mind at ease.

Testing and Compliance



  • 21 CFR (73, 74, 81, 82, 700 to 740): Cosmetic Label Review
  • 16 CFR 1500: Mechanical and Physical Testing, Toxicological Risk Assessment (TRA)
  • 16 CFR 1303: Lead in Surface Coating
  • Cal Prop 65: Lead, Arsenic, Mercury, Cadmium, phthalates (CPSIA)
  • 21 CFR 700.13: Mercury in Cosmetics
  • Soluble Heavy Metals: CPSIA 2008: Consumer Product Safety, Section 106 (ASTM F963-11-
  • Pb, Hg, Cd, Cr in Packaging: Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (NERC)
  • 16 CFR 1500.14(a, b) (8): LHAMA Review (ASTM D-4236)
  • USP <51>, <61>, <62>: Microbial analysis



  • 2009/48/EC: Toxicological Risk Assessment (TRA)
  • 1223/2009/EC:  Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) A & B
  • 94/62/EC: Packaging and Packaging Waste
  • EN 71-1:2011: Mechanical and Physical Testing
  • EN 71-2: Flammability
  • EN 71-3: Migration of Certain (Heavy) Metals
  • EN 71-9 Series: Primary Aromatic Amines, Colorants, Solvent migrations, Preservatives
  • EC 1907/2006 REACH, Annex XVII, Item 51 & 52 – Phthalates
  • EC 1907/2006 REACH, Article 59(10): Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)
  • USP <51>, <61>, <62>: Microbial analysis



  • SOR/2011-17, SC 2010, c21: Toxicological Risk Assessment (TRA)
  • C.R.C.c. 869: Cosmetic Labeling Review
  • R.S.Q., c. C-11: Charter of the French Language
  • SOR/2011-17: Mechanical and Physical Testing
  • SOR/2005:  Surface Coating Materials – Lead
  • SOR/2010-298:  Phthalates Regulation
  • SOR/2010-298 (Heavy Metal Impurities): ASTM F963
  • USP <51>, <61>, <62>: Microbial analysis


In addition to the extensive testing conducted on our products, we conduct 3rd party audits annually to ensure and demonstrate our company’s commitment to both cGMP & Social Compliance standards. 

Prop 65 Material Certification

We certify that all products and their components sold by TMI Acquisition, LLC comply with the requirements set forth by Prop 65 law(s) and regulations (Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations, Sections 12705 and 12805).


Code of Conduct

Safety and Health in the Workplace - The safety and health of employees is a priority. We make every effort to comply with all federal and state workplace safety requirements. TM International’s workplace safety rules and regulations.
Each employee is expected to obey safety rules and exercise caution and common sense in all work activities.
Our company believes that in order to maintain a safe and healthful workplace, the employees must be cognizant and aware of all company, State, and Federal safety and health regulations as they apply to the specific job duties required.
No Forced Labor - We do not hire forced labor or prisoners nor do we engage or sub-contract with companies that hire into the prison system
No Child Labor - Our Policy does not allow for children under the age of 15 to work directly or indirectly for our company. In an effort to help our local community, we participate in a work program with Goodwill to help disadvantaged youth that have passed the “Goodwill Training Program” by providing on the job training. The youth are then placed in positions according to the need, interest and skill
No Discrimination - TM International will not discriminate against any qualified employee or job applicant with respect to any terms, privileges, or conditions of employment because of a person’s physical or mental disability, race, gender, religion, nationality, marital status, political opinion, ethnic background or any other status protected by law.
Work Hours - Employees of TM International are classified as either “exempt” or “non-exempt.” This is necessary because, by law, employees in certain types of jobs are entitled to overtime pay for hours worked in excess of forty (40) hours per workweek. In addition to the above overtime classifications, every employee is assigned an employment status classification: regular full-time, regular part-time, temporary (full-time or part-time), regular hourly, etc. Full Time is an employee who is regularly scheduled to work 35+ hours per week. Part Time is an employee whose position has no termination date and who is scheduled to work 20 or more hours, but less than 35 hours per week
Fair Wages / Overtime Compensation / Benefits - Overtime compensation is paid to non-exempt employees in accordance with federal and state wage and hour restrictions. All overtime work performed must receive the supervisor’s prior authorization. TM International sponsors a comprehensive benefits program for eligible employees. All full-time employees will enjoy all of the benefits after they meet all of the eligibility requirements.
Environment - We are truly concerned with our environment and continuously look for ways to limit the footprint that is created by our factory or by our products.