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Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse cleanses your scalp and conditions your hair using the power of apple cider vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar gently removes impurities from your hair and scalp without stripping the natural oils essential to your hair’s health. Enriched with tamanu oil and aloe vera, Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse conditions your hair, leaving it noticeably smoother, softer and shinier. Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse strengthens hair, reduces the appearance of damaged hair and prevents further damages from factors such as chemical treatments, environmental stresses, or styling practices.
Whether you wash your hair every day or once a week, incorporating Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse into your routine as a shampoo and conditioner substitute will leave your hair healthy, vibrant and restored. Contact us to try a sample or get started on making your own Apple Cider Vinegar hair product or other Personal Care product.

By |March 28th, 2017|Research & Development|Comments Off on Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Micellar Cleansing Water

Micellar Water is a leave-on Facial Cleansing Water that is strong enough to remove dirt, oil, and water proof makeup but gentle enough for sensitive skin. These products originated in France and are now a growing trend in the US, UK, and Australia. Here at Arizona Natural Resources, we formulated our version of a Micellar Cleansing Water that thoroughly removes makeup, excess sebum, and impurities without stripping the skin while incorporating ingredients that stimulate cell turnover and collagen production thus reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The result is skin that is left feeling soothed and refreshed. Contact us to try a sample or get started on making your own Micellar Water or other Personal Care product.

MICHAEL SLAYTON Senior Chemist Arizona Natural Resources

By |February 15th, 2017|Research & Development|Comments Off on Micellar Cleansing Water

Hair Types

At Arizona Natural Resources, we are able to formulate products whether you have fine, thin hair and need a lighter conditioning treatment or have thick, curly hair and require more detangling and conditioning properties. Consider Arizona Natural Resources as your innovative partner in developing products to fit your brands culture and customer desires.

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MICHAEL SLAYTON Senior Chemist Arizona Natural Resources

By |December 16th, 2016|Research & Development|Comments Off on Hair Types

Private Label vs Contract Manufacturing Personal Care Products

Do you want to start your own personal care line of skin, hair or bath care products but you’re not sure whether private label or contract manufacturing is right for you?  Maybe you don’t know the difference between these two services?  There is a significant difference in the amount of time and resources it will take for each of these options.  Below are some of the features and benefits of each service.  See which service may be a better fit for you:

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Private label manufacturing is a service that is better suited for companies with a smaller budget or need a quicker turnaround time.  With private labeling, you get to select products from a manufacturer’s existing formulations, put your own label and logo onto them and you’re ready to go!  This is the quickest and easiest way to get products to the market.  The advantage of this is that the product formulas should already have undergone stability and micro testing which can be costly and time consuming. The downside of this service is that you cannot make any changes to the formulas.  They must remain as originally formulated and tested otherwise they should be treated as a new formula, even if it’s just changing the fragrance, as any modifications can affect the stability of the formulations.

Some of the companies which may be best suited for private label manufacturing are, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, estheticians, salons, spas, retail stores and specialty stores.

anrcontractmanufactingContract manufacturing is a service that is better suited for companies that have the resources, time and expertise to have completely custom products made for them.  Although the manufacturing laboratory, you select, should have knowledgeable chemists on staff, it’s really up to each companies own vision and desires that will differ and allow them to create their own unique product line, focusing on their star performance ingredients and formulation desirables.  Each product will be custom manufactured to their specific needs and to get a custom formula created, that meets with certain specifications, can take time and effort to create.  Before any product is brought to market, a smaller pilot batch is recommended to be manufactured for use for PET (Preservative Effective Test) & 90-day stability testing to ensure the products are bacteria-free and have a 2 year shelf life.  After formulations have passed recommended testing the actual production run is manufactured, so you can see where this option is more time consuming and requires a larger investment.

Some of the companies that may be best suited for contract manufacturing are, any company with a unique idea, larger retail stores, existing nationally or internationally known brands, a company wanting completely custom formulations, a company that is already making their own products and is seeking to expand their line of products, and companies that may have done private label on the past and are now ready to start a new venture with the creation of their own custom brand line of products.

Liz Tudrej Arizona Natural Resources Account Executive

 

By |November 28th, 2016|Sales & Marketing|Comments Off on Private Label vs Contract Manufacturing Personal Care Products

ANR Going Green

ANR Going GreenWe at ANR take “green” initiatives and social responsibility seriously. Reducing a manufacturer’s carbon footprint is no longer a “nice but not necessary” practice. Why do ANR and other best-in-class companies “go green”? Buyers and consumers are taking environmental impact into consideration when they choose suppliers. That is why organizations such as Dun & Bradstreet now produce reports that evaluate “green” companies. We’re also seeing more and more requests for quotation (RFQs) from our customer base that ask us to provide information about our green initiatives.

Buyers and consumers are also considering social responsibility when making purchases. Social responsibility consists of established measurable corporate policies and procedures that result in behavior designed to benefit the workplace, the individual, the organization, and the community. Social responsibility is playing an increasingly significant role in decisions when it comes to purchasing by all consumers. A company that does not have a meaningful social responsibility program risks criticism from workers and/or consumers.

We at ANR have established the following initiates to reduce our Carbon Footprint and impact on local landfills:

  • Increased recycling / repurposing all incoming materials where possible and directly working with local landfill and recycling providers to reduce waste.

* Corrugate initiative through first 6 month of 2016 alone reduced GHG Emission by 5.03 tons which represent 6 passenger cars removed from the road and generated indirect water savings of 92804 gallons

  • Compressed work week to reduce power and water consumption during peak hours, reduce commuting impact of employees and lowering energy use during the week.
  • Replaced lighting in plant areas to higher efficiency / lower heat generating bulbs, lower use areas are activated by movement sensors so light are only illuminated as needed.
  • Increased review of new / additional materials for end of cycle handling to create awareness of handling with potential disposal and avoid environmentally dangerous products.
  • New high efficiency insulation roof.
  • Xeriscape landscaping emphasizing native and low water use plantings.
  • Ongoing employee empowerment and trainging to finding new opportunities in “Green” initiatives.
  • CRM (customer relationship management) including digital solutions and online website automated forms reducing paper trails and storing documents in shared digital customer portals.

Paul Bohm Arizona Natural Resources Director of Purchasing

JIM GURR Arizona Natural Resources Dir. of Filling Operations, Dir. Safety, Health & Environment

By |November 14th, 2016|Packaging, Production|Comments Off on ANR Going Green

ANR 1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Event

ANR held our 1st annual pumpkin carving contest. We were very impressed with all the creative people we have on our team. But we did have to pick 3 winners from all the submissions and here they are. From left to right are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers….Looking forward to next year!!!

Josh Dembow Arizona Natural Resources Regulatory Assistant

By |November 2nd, 2016|ANR Team|Comments Off on ANR 1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Event

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