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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

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?

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

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