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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

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

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

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

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

Individually Wrapped Bottles Increase Labor Costs

Sometimes you are not made aware of everything you should ask your customer supplied packaging provider when quoting for your packaging.

Case in point: Picture #1 is a box of bottles that every bottle had been individually bagged. This brings additional costs to a project if not accounted for in the initial quoting process, these additional costs  are reflected in:
· Added time of the run, bottles aren’t available to run until they are de-bagged so you need to have some of this done prior to starting the line just to stay ahead
· To do the job of de-bagging requires additional people on the line and the faster the run the more people it requires
If you look more closely at the picture you will notice that the bottles are not uniformly packed – some are facing up, some are facing down and some not in this picture were laying on their side. In a best case scenario we would open a box from the end where the bottom of the bags were packed which allows us to more quickly grab the ends and pull them off.

 

Now look at the second picture…the bags and bottles work together to a heightened static charge.
When an operator tries to throw the bags away the bags can’t be just be dropped, even shaking the hands only works sporadically and it taking too long to get the bags off the hands results in a slowdown in the labeling. The bags can stick to an operator, the machine and parts between.
When the run is finished there there is additional time spent to clean up all the bags.
Of course if the customer determines this is what is best for their packaging it can be handled…but can effect your labor cost beyond a package that can be simply opened and placed on the filler.
Make sure to ask about all the details when you are working with your customer supplied packaging provider to effectively control your labor costs.

 Jim Gurr – ANR Dir. of Filling Operations, Dir. Safety, Health & Environment

By |September 29th, 2016|Packaging, Production|Comments Off on Individually Wrapped Bottles Increase Labor Costs