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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

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.

http://www.cosmeticsandtoiletries.com/testing/sensory/The-Perplexing-Topic-of-Hair-Type-How-Do-We-Classify-Hair-401901675.html

MICHAEL SLAYTON Senior Chemist Arizona Natural Resources

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

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?