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Cosmetics and Preservatives

We are living in an era where consumers are seeking out products that are free from certain ingredients usually coined as “harmful”. The terms natural and organic are music to the ears of today’s consumer. Selecting products with these labels makes a lot of sense especially in food products, but is it really the wise choice when it comes to cosmetics? Especially when it comes to preservatives?

If you ever hear “that has a lot of preservatives” it usually is about something in a box or can with an expiration date many months or years away. The preservatives help keep it edible that long.

A preservative by definition is any substance or chemical that prevents decomposition in things such as medical drugs, food, drinks, and cosmetics.

For preservative suppliers, the rising demand for natural products has put them in a uncomfortable position. Unlike food products, preservation is essential for cosmetics. In response, companies are trying to deter the negative perception by offering products with greener or lower levels of preservatives. Also, other type of preservative formulations.

For example, Jeen International has recently showcased two liquid blends that can meet preservation needs of cosmetics, Jeecide AA and Jeecide AA Plus. “Even if the industry recognizes that there is no scientific basis of some for the stigma, our industry is responding to consumer perception,” said Albert Babik, general manager of Jeen.

Other companies alternative solutions are:

  • Preservatives free of phenoxyethanol
  • SharoSense preservatives composed of naturally-derived thymol and laboratory proven technology
  • Amplify which is a proven preservative technology combined with ethyl lauroyl arginate and free of paraben, formaldehyde, and CIT/MIT.

“The preservatives market is very dynamic with sudden changes driven by the latest regulatory restriction or even news and social media,” said David Koehl, global business manager of Troy, a home and personal care formulator company. For example Koehl said that phenoxyethanol which is and has been a safe and effective preservative is being scrutinized today because of bad information being put out on the Internet and social media. But that does not stop Troy from using it.

Just like many years ago it was suddenly popular for formulation companies to seek paraben-free preservatives and today parabens are accepted as safe and effective for formulations. Trends like these have made Phil Hindley, head of global marketing preservation say “If people want a sustainable preservation industry within home and personal care, then it needs to be done at collaborative level—suppliers, NGOs, etc.”

Rather than use negative advertising by throwing out labels such as “preservative-free,” the whole industry including NGOs need to work together to drive innovation and give consumers what they want. Because at the end of the day, there is no way moisturizers or shampoos lasts more than a month without any preservatives.

Source: http://www.happi.com/issues/2017-07-01/view_features/safety-dance/

By |October 26th, 2017|Production, Research & Development|Comments Off on Cosmetics and Preservatives

Most Women Are Buying Organic Skincare Products

Like the food industry going towards more organic and natural options, the skincare industry is now going the same route by crafting their products with more natural ingredients. Forty to 50 percent of women in the U.S. are looking for products with natural or organic ingredients, according NPD Group’s Women’s Facial Skincare Consumer Report.

What classifies these skincare products as natural or organic is that they are made without the following ingredients, which can be seen as harmful:

  • Fragrances
  • Parabéns
  • Phthalates
  • Sulfates
  • Gluten

“Current trends across industries, from the food we eat to the clothing we wear, have been geared towards natural and safe ingredients; the same holds true when it comes to consumers’ purchase criteria for skin care. Consumers today are expecting transparency and full disclosure, and it is critical for brands to clearly state their position on such issues such as ingredient usage and product testing.” states Larissa Jensen, Executive Director and Industry Analyst at The NPD Group.

Some of the stats published by The NPD Group’s study are:

  • 4% increase in women buying skincare products that are for sensitive skin, contain no fragrances, and are hypoallergenic.
  • 48% of respondents look for skincare products formulated from natural or organic ingredients.
  • 7% increase in women buying skincare products that free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and gluten.

This study is in correlation with the amount of environmentally skincare products being made and sold in the last year. In fact, sales in the skincare industry for organic and natural products increased by 13% in the last year, according to the NPD report.

There is nothing to worry about in this rising trend even if women are becoming picky about the skincare products they purchase. It is in fact helping the skincare industry by increasing sales in complementary skin care products such as face masks. More than a fifth of women are using more than four skincare products a day, according to the report. From facial cleansers to lip products and moisturizers, this trend is increasing engagement and sales like never before.

If you are in the skincare industry or are looking to enter, then organic and natural products is the route to go. If you are in need of a consultation regarding the skincare industry, whether it be manufacturing, research and development or formulation, Arizona Natural Resources can help.

Thirty percent of women are now using face masks, making this the fastest-growing segment in the skin care market with a 37% increase in face mask sales from prestige beauty brands.

“The fact that consumers are open to expanding their skin care routine presents an opportunity for brands to look beyond the basic regimen of a cleanser and moisturizer,” said Jensen.

“By adding supplementary products such as masks, consumers can engage and experiment with a brand in new ways, which generates more excitement, translating to more sales, for the skincare category.”

Source: https://www.cosmeticsbusiness.com/news/article_page/Almost_half_of_US_women_are_seeking_more_natural_skin_care_products/134038

By |October 11th, 2017|Research & Development, Sales & Marketing|Comments Off on Most Women Are Buying Organic Skincare Products

Probiotics and Skin Health

Recent research has shown that probiotics are actually good for the skin. For years they have been known to improve one’s health and immune system. But now research has finally reached a good understanding of how they can actually strengthen the skin and make it less prone to dryness. Those are some of the significant attributes consumers seek when looking for skin care products. In the last few years there have been an influx of skin care products that promote their probiotics and benefits for the skin.

The idea of probiotics being good for the skin has been being studied for almost 15 years. The latest clinical studies found that harmful bacteria we ingest can lead to the unwanted skin symptoms such as redness and acne. Probiotics can come in many forms such as in yogurt, Kombucha, and supplements. Supplements have actually been found to hydrate the skin and reduce wrinkles.

Probiotics have acidic compounds such as lactic acid which battles the growth of pathogens. They also have bacteriocins which are very potent and prevent pathogen adhesion. Compounds such as these play a great role in improving and hydrating sensitive skin, and reducing acne, dermatitis, and skin cancer.

As of right now, only bacteria fragments or metabolites for proibidos formulas are present in skin care products. Although, there are probiotics with live bacteria cultures, they have not been found to be more effective than the ladder. But it is possible we can see some products with live bacteria cultures in the future.

Dr. Erin Gilbert MD has stated that probiotics can benefit the following skin conditions:

  • Aging
  • Acne
  • Inflammation
  • Dullness
  • Rosacea

They can also help the immune and digestive system.

Now is a better time than ever to start looking into entering the cosmetic industry, specifically probiotics. Companies like L’Oreal and Estee Lauder are leading the way with their own innovations involving probiotics. If you need more information regarding the manufacturing, quality, regulatory, research and development or packaging of cosmetics feel free to contact us here, we’re happy to help. We, Arizona Natural Resources have provided contract manufacturing services since 1972.

By |October 3rd, 2017|Research & Development, Sales & Marketing|Comments Off on Probiotics and Skin Health

Skin Care Vs. Make Up Sales

Are you thinking of entering the skin care or makeup product industry? Although both are very lucrative industries, sales from last quarter are showing more generosity toward skin care products with an increase of 6%. This means skin care sales outperformed make up sales last quarter.

As most cost-conscious consumers opt for skin care products, makeup sales have slowed down 4%. This is because the skin care industry has newer products and brands, including from smaller companies, which have been very appealing to consumers seeking unique and innovative products.

An industry analyst at The NPD Group has stated that makeup sales have been slowing down significantly since 2016. Contributing factors are the decrease of average prices for makeup and lip products are not selling as good as before.

What this means for someone looking to enter the cosmetics industry? Like people leaning towards healthier food restaurants rather than fast food, perhaps the skincare industry is more ideal to enter because people are no longer worried of covering up their skin and would prefer actually taking care of their skin.

If you are interested in the cosmetics industry and need more information and guidance, feel free to contact us. Our services range from manufacturing, research & development, quality control, regulatory and packaging specifically in the cosmetics industry.

https://www.cosmeticsbusiness.com/news/article_page/Premium_skin_care_sales_outperform_makeup_in_the_US/132099

By |September 5th, 2017|Research & Development, Sales & Marketing|Comments Off on Skin Care Vs. Make Up Sales

Estee Lauder Introduces New Modern Muse Spokesperson

Estee Lauder is a beauty product company that has named Misty Copeland as their new international spokesperson for their fragrance products categorized as Modern Muse, launched in 2013. Estee Lauder plans to advertise Modern Muse on TV, Internet, print and in-store locations. The slogan that will be used for their spokesperson campaign is “What inspires you?” and will coincide with Copeland’s messages on wisdom. Afterall, muses were originally known as Greek Goddesses that inspired creativity among all types of artists. In this case, Copeland will embrace the “modern muse” role and seek to inspire women to live life on their own terms, while making great accomplishments and inspiring everyone around them.

Who Is Misty Copeland?

Misty Copeland is a professional ballet dancer for one of the best ballet companies in the United States, the American Ballet Theatre. She is also known for the being the first African-American dancer to be promoted to first dancer there since its beginning 75 years ago. She’s also a stage performer, public speaker and writer. Other companies she’s had endorsements with are Under Armour, The Dannon Company, Dr. Pepper, T-Mobile, Coach Inc., and Seiko.

When asked about how she feels to be working with Modern Muse, she replied “I am so honoured to represent Estée Lauder Modern Muse. My two passions are dance and giving back, and I love passing on knowledge to the next generation. I also have a strong connection to the scents I wear when I perform. The Modern Muse campaign is the perfect way to see another side of my story.”

Here are some of the great Modern Muse product selections:

  • Modern Muse Spray (self-titled)
  • Modern Muse Le Rouge Spray
  • Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss Spray
  • Modern Muse Rollerball (limited edition)
  • Modern Muse Shower Gel
  • Modern Muse Body Lotion
  • Modern Muse Shimmer Body Lotion
By |August 18th, 2017|Sales & Marketing|Comments Off on Estee Lauder Introduces New Modern Muse Spokesperson

Formulation Tips For Men’s Grooming Products

The demand for men’s grooming products continues to grow. More men have begun to care about their personal appearance, such as their hair and skin. The men’s grooming product industry has doubled in size in the last 10 years. With that comes a rising demand for good formulations, as men’s hair and skin requirements are different and unique. If you are in or are looking to join the men’s grooming product industry, Arizona Natural Resources can help.

SpecialChem has a great set of formulation tips for men’s grooming products (registration required).

The male customer is looking for products that are quick, simple to use and deliver multiple benefits. These formulation tips can help you understand the different needs and product requirements men need based on their skin physiology. Consider Arizona Natural Resources as your partner when you are ready to formulate your male grooming line.

We can help you produce shaving creams, products for beard care, after shaves and facial care products, such as cleansing products and moisturizers.

By |August 8th, 2017|Production, Research & Development|Comments Off on Formulation Tips For Men’s Grooming Products

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