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How to create custom personal care product lines

ANR-LogoWhether you’re looking to create a brand new product line of personal care products, or have an idea for one product, we can help make your personal care ideas become a reality.  We can custom manufacture your brand of hair, skin, bath and pet care products.  The process is really much easier than you think.  At least for you it is.  The hardest part of the entire process is that you need to come up with a viable idea, decide on the demographic to target, and decide the best way to bring the product to market.

The easiest way to begin this process is to contact us and discuss your vision.

This discovery phase allows us to review your strategy including target markets and products as well as branding with “star” ingredients incorporated across your entire product line. If there are similar products, currently in the marketplace, that you would like to use as a benchmark, provide us samples of those products with the list of ingredients. If you have an actual formula, with percentages of ingredients, we can produce your product. Providing a target cost in this phase will also help us create appropriate formulas based on your budget.

Our Research & Development Lab will then go to work on new formulas, replicating or modifying your existing formula according to your directive.  Any requested custom ingredients incorporated into your products can either be sourced by us or customer provided.  This includes custom fragrance.  Our lab will render samples of each product for you, and your colleagues, to try.  Based on your input and direction, if modifications are necessary, we can re-direct the formulas accordingly.

While your samples are being developed, you should be thinking about your packaging and making sure to select appropriate containers to properly dispense each product.  Our team can refer you to an appropriate packaging vendor where you will be able to research container options available to you as well as decide on the size of your containers.  You will also need to decide whether your containers will be printed or whether you prefer labels to be applied to each container.  We can review your artwork to ensure the proper labeling of your products .  Once you’ve selected the containers, decided on the case pack, and any other packaging requirements, you will need to decide whether you want to purchase these containers yourself, or have us purchase them on your behalf, providing you with a full turnkey service.

Once we have approved formulas and the packaging has been determined, we can provide you with a formal price quotation.  We have minimum batch size requirements and a proposal will be provided based on fill weights and the number of units the batch will yield of each product. All products are highly recommended to undergo PET (Preservative Effectiveness Testing) and 90 day stability testing.  This will help to ensure that your products have at least a 2 year shelf life, if stored under proper conditions.

Once a Purchase Order has been placed, and samples of actual components are received, a smaller pilot batch will be manufactured to generate product for recommended product testing, provide you with pre-market samples and validate production scalability. Once they have passed these tests and you approve we can proceed with an actual order production.

When we receive all of your components, packaging and raw materials in-house, we are now ready to fill your production order.  Our Quality Control Department will inspect the components when they arrive to ensure they are correct, clean and not damaged.  It generally takes 6 to 8 weeks to complete an order, depending on the order quantity and how many products you are ordering.  We will ship products to your designated address for storage and you are now ready to bring your products to market!

Liz Tudrej Arizona Natural Resources Account Executive

By |October 27th, 2016|Customer Support, Research & Development, Sales & Marketing|Comments Off on How to create custom personal care product lines

COSMETIC OR DRUG?

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COSMETIC OR DRUG? Is it a cosmetic or a drug and does it make any difference?  It does make a difference.  For starters, cosmetics and their ingredients don’t have to go through an approval process before going to market whereas, drugs do.  You might expect it to be fairly obvious if a product was a drug or cosmetic but it’s not always that clear.  The defining principle is the “intended use” of the product.   If a product is intended to cure, repair, protect, prevent or treat a condition of human or beast, then it’s a drug and needs the approval of the FDA.

Take shampoo for example, it’s a cosmetic that is, unless it claims to treat a condition.  Once it claims to “treat” – it is a drug.  Claiming to add body is much different than claiming to repair hair loss or treat dandruff.   Whether that claim is on the package, on the website or on marketing materials, if it claims to treat a condition, it’s a drug and must go through the approval process or it’s considered adulterated.   Essential oils are getting a lot of attention these days.  Marketing an essential oil for massage can be done under cosmetic rules but if you claim it relieves achy muscles too, that claim makes it a drug.   Many product recalls are attributed to these kinds of benefit claims.

Many labels prefer not to go the route of gaining FDA approval and prefer to go to market as a cosmetic.  Careful consideration to claims and statements can make navigating the process of getting to market, much easier and quicker.

This is a short and simplified explanation of the difference between cosmetics and drugs. There are other considerations that come into play as well.  More on those another day.

MARGUERITE PETIT   ANR Director of Quality Assurance

By |October 14th, 2016|Quality Control|Comments Off on COSMETIC OR DRUG?

Vegan Products and Claims

VEGAN PRODUCTS
veganandcrueltyfreeWe often get requests to develop products that can carry a vegan claim.   It’s not difficult to develop a product made from plant material and not made from animal derived materials- that can be done.  Animals are rarely used for testing anymore and new methods have been developed to replace many of the tests formerly done on animals.    But that same chemical may have been tested on animals decades ago to prove its safety.  It may have been tested on animals because there simply was no other test available.  The truly “ethical vegan” may struggle with this. So the question is always asked.  When you say “vegan”, what do you mean?  What is it you will accept? What is not acceptable? The lines are not always clear.

Vegans are often confused with vegetarians but they are not the same.  The “Vegan” term itself was coined in England in 1944 by Donald Watson when he founded the Vegan Society of England.  It started more as a vegetarian type of diet back then and excluded consumption of meat and dairy products and has evolved to what it is today.  Today there are different forms of veganism.  There’s the “ethical vegan” that believes the diet and all other areas of their life should be void of meat, food and materials that are obtained by exploiting or slaughtering animals.  For example, in addition to the obvious: meat- silk, wool, leather, down, even bee’s wax wouldn’t be consumed by the “ethical vegan”.

The “dietary vegan” is one that excludes food from the diet unless it is derived from a fruit, bean, nut, seed or vegetable.  Soy is a staple of the vegan diet as a valued source of protein and can be made to mimic milk, meat, burgers and sausage made from soy.

MARGUERITE PETIT   Arizona Natural Resources Director of Quality Assurance

 

By |October 11th, 2016|Quality Control|Comments Off on Vegan Products and Claims

Removing Ionic Impurities

Manufacturing High Quality Purified Water. Part 1 Removing Ionic Impurities.

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High quality purified water is a must in aqueous toiletry formulations. You can use the finest of raw materials and have the best processes in place, but if you are using poor quality water, it will most likely be detrimental to your formula. These detrimental effects can be apparent from the completion of your batch or may take place over time. If these detrimental effects take place over time, your product may already be in the field.

This may lead to customer complaints, a product recall or even a loss of business and reputation. Manufacturing high quality purified water for toiletries does not need to be overly complicated or extremely expensive. The best place to start is to find and set a water quality specification you are trying to achieve for your product formulations. There is much information on the internet and in books to determine what specifications you want to achieve. You may even want to contact your local water filtration company for advice. Once you have a specification set, you can determine the type of water system you want to use. Two of the main goals for achieving high quality purified water should be removing ionic and organic impurities. Ionic impurities can wreck havoc on any product formulation. Ionic impurities can cause unstable emulsions, out of spec viscosities, color drifts, color bleaching or even a yellowing of product over time. The list goes on and on. Ionic impurities need to be removed to produce a high quality stable product. Removing ionic impurities is achieved by using water deionization filtration tanks. There are Cationic resin, Anionic resin and mixed bed resin tanks. Cationic resin tanks have a positive charge and remove ionic impurities such as calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, magnesium and manganese. Anionic resin tanks have a negative charge and remove ionic impurities such as nitrates, chlorides, sulfates, carbonate, silica and bicarbonates. These two types of tanks can be placed in tandem inline on your water filtration system. A mixed bed resin deionization tank is a combination and contains both Cationic and Anionic resins. This achieves both negative and positive charge deionization. There are other pieces of equipment that should always be attached to the deionization tank/tanks. A pre-filter should be placed before the tank/tanks. This will help eliminate any sediment that may be in the city water from entering the tank/tanks. A pressure regulator and or a flow meter should be placed before the deionization tank/tanks also. Most deionization tanks have both a pressure rating and a water flow rating. Rising above these ratings will make your water not meet specification and deemed unusable. A resistivity sensor should be placed after the tank/tanks. The light will indicate when your tank/tanks have lost their charge and are spent. This means it is time to change to a new tank/tanks. The sensitivity of your resistivity sensor should be based on the water specifications that were decided to achieve. These suggestions are enough to get you going on removing ionic impurities. These suggestions are by far not the only way to do this process but are tried and proven processes for removing the ionic impurities. In the next blog I will write about removing organic impurities.

TRAVIS MCCHESNEY Arizona Natural Resources Senior Manufacturing Manager

By |October 7th, 2016|Production|Comments Off on Removing Ionic Impurities

Supply Chain Vertical Alliance Strategies for Success

SCMCompanies that choose to work their supplier base closely and adopt a “alliance relationship management” approach toward business with their key supply chain partners will see benefits by both parties working together to enhance the business experience.
The objectives should include:
Providing a method to ensure a healthy and vibrant relationship
Creating an agreed upon problem resolution platform
Defining and communicating continuous improvement goals that create benefit to both parties

Working with your key supplier base as partners helps ensure opportunities for continuous improvement and proactive communication to avoid costly mistakes or delays throughout the manufacturing and supply process.

Paul Bohm – ANR Purchasing Director

By |October 5th, 2016|Packaging|Comments Off on Supply Chain Vertical Alliance Strategies for Success