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Where Is The Candle Industry Going?

Candles have been around since 3000 B.C. In the last five years, the candle industry has been recovering from the recession. People just didn’t have the disposable income for them. But that is now changing and people are beginning to buy candles again, especially with new scents and colors being introduced. Not only that, but candles are also great product for home decor.

The types of candle products being produced today are votive candles, pillar candles, jar candles, container candles, taper candle and many other types of candles, which are usually the more creative type. If you are in the or are looking to enter the candle industry, the only obstacle in terms of competition are lower priced imported candles and substitutes that continue to grow in market share such as flowers. Nonetheless, the candle industry is expected to grow at an annual rate of 3.1 percent according to an IBIS World industry world report.

The IBIS World industry report on candles determined that the key factors for success in the candle industry are:

  • Increased savings in costs gained by increased level in candle production
  • Introduction of premium products
  • Having the ability to alter the production of candle products according to what the market wants.

There is about 10,000 different candle scents and about 2000 varieties available in the U.S., usually in gift shops, supermarkets, drug stores, discount stores, home decor stores and department stores. Don’t let that scare you away. What seems to be working great is the use of the Internet and social media to better advertise candle fragrances. Also about 35 percent of the revenue from candles are made during the holiday season, primarily November and December. The candle industry is not a bad one to enter if you can have a bit of innovation and determination. You’ll need a solid manufacturing partner and dealing with a contractor that has experience in the industry like Arizona Natural Resources will get you off to a great start. For more information or inquiries about quality candle manufacturing, feel free to contact us.

By |July 20th, 2017|Research & Development, Sales & Marketing|Comments Off on Where Is The Candle Industry Going?

Top Three Trends In The Cosmetics Industry

Do you have interest in the cosmetics industry? Do you have a cosmetic product idea or are looking for a good idea based on the direction where the industry is heading? Here some of the top trends of the cosmetics industry that can perhaps help you in your future endeavors.

Eco-Friendliness and Sustainability

Like many other industries, the cosmetics has and is continuing to lean more towards eco-friendliness and sustainability. This means consumers are looking for cosmetics products that are made organically or from raw materials that don’t play a role in harming the environment. Companies invest a lot of money in research and innovation in products not made from harmful materials, that are sustainable and are not lacking in quality. Vegan products are very common now.

Part of sustainability is recycling, so consumer choices will come down to things such as the type of packaging the product has and whether it is recyclable or reusable. Then comes labeling, which is important in terms of transparency. Make sure all the information about how the product is made available.

Social Media in High Definition

Social media is becoming effective in helping consumers make purchase decisions. People with a good eye can see through the Photoshop effects a social media campaign uses in their pictures. It is important that if products are going to be promoted in action, then they should work as they are shown. This is where professionals such as make-up artists come along. Many have gathered strong social media followings on Instagram and Youtube, so it is important to form strong relationships with them.

Men

Cosmetics for just women is a thing of the past. The trend towards more men using cosmetics products has risen. Products for men such as balms and shaving creams are more popular than ever. Men’s grooming products are something to consider, as it is a growing market.

By |July 7th, 2017|Sales & Marketing|Comments Off on Top Three Trends In The Cosmetics Industry

How To Choose The Right Beauty Care Manufacturer

Do you have a new beauty care product idea that you want to introduce to the market? If you wish to sell this beauty care product on a large scale, it should come as no surprise to learn that it will take an experienced manufacturer that knows what they are doing to fill a big order. Unlike the unregulated manufacturing of many products, the beauty care industry has rigorous standards. After all, you are dealing with products that contain ingredients that people will be applying directly to themselves with the potential to cause harm if something goes awry.

A manufacturer can promise you the world in a brochure or on their website, but you should get these questions answered outside of marketing materials to better understand if the manufacturer is right for you:

  • What kind of certifications do they have?
  • Will they be committed to your product formulation?
  • What will be the cost of your product formulation?
  • What is their minimum order size?
  • Where do they get their raw material from?
  • What expertise and experience do they have in your product type’s formulation and regulation?
  • What are their packaging restraints?
  • What is their storage availability for bulk product of multiple fills?
  • What is their R&D expertise?
  • Where are they located?
  • Where can their products be found?
  • Do they follow current good manufacturing practices regulations?
  • Do they have strong quality control?
  • Do they have a large R&D support?
  • Do they have technical transfer capabilities?
  • Are they committed to growing with you, for example being able to account for growing capacity needed?
  • What kind of historical knowledge and experience do they have with your kind of products?
  • Do they operate under a nondisclosure and confidentiality agreement?

Getting these questions answered is essential in having a strong partnership with a manufacturer. No manufacturing relationship is perfect. There will always be issues, but getting a good manufacturer that can stay committed despite obstacles is key because the cost of switching manufacturers is high and difficult.

By |June 22nd, 2017|Production|Comments Off on How To Choose The Right Beauty Care Manufacturer

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:

privatelabel

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