Answering Some Common Questions About Contract Skincare Manufacturing

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Starting your own company for skincare and makeup products can be very rewarding and can give you the freedom to offer any product you choose, versus representing a name brand product that you may not actually like or think is safe and effective. When you are ready to get into the skincare and cosmetics industry, note a few questions you might have about the products and their manufacture so you can make the best decisions for your company.

What is the difference between a manufacturer and a private label?

A skincare manufacturer is an outside company that produces skincare products. Some might also ship them to different locations so that you can collect sales information from your customers and then forward this to the manufacturer for direct shipment.

A private label manufacturer will use formulas for those products that are specific to one particular customer, and this formula is kept private, not for anyone else's use. Someone who sells skincare products may create this formula themselves, or they may buy a private label formula from the manufacturer.

If a product is not private label, its formula can be used by many different sellers, and simply labelled with each company's name. In other words, the ABC company may be selling the exact same face wash as the XYZ company, but are using their own bottling and labels to market and sell that product.

Can a manufacturer use specific bottling products?

Many manufacturers can use specific bottling products, including jars, tubes, vials, and even drums. However, note that the bottling needs to meet certain regulatory standards for that product; a manufacturer cannot put the product into something that might react with the chemicals in the product, or that won't hold up to weather conditions during transportation. Always check with the manufacturer about any restrictions before ordering your bottling products.

What is custom formulation?

Custom formulation refers to starting with a formula for a product and then changing it in any way; this type of change, even if it's very slight, is very technical, as even a small adjustment can affect the product's overall consistency and effectiveness. Custom formulation might mean adding more active ingredients or removing ingredients, but you would need to have the product tested and certified as being safe even if you make just a slight change to the formula. Ask the manufacturer if they can assist, as they may have research facilities that can help you with this type of customization of a formula for a skincare product.

For more information, contact a contract skin care manufacturer.