Product Development Brief
We will send you a list of questions to help understand your vision and budget for the formula. This will help us develop a product that look and feels exactly the way you want it to.
Based on the product development brief, we will select specific ingredients tailored to the marketing story, function and aesthetics of the product. Once we narrow down a list of key actives and an appropriate base, we will source all raw material samples for your product.
We begin to create several different lab samples to offer you a variety of options when choosing your final formula.
Our job isn’t complete until you’re completely satisfied. If you’re not satisfied with the first round of samples, we will create new samples based on your feedback. We will repeat for a third round if necessary.Once we narrow down a list of key actives and an appropriate base, we will send over a price list for your approval.
Once we agree on a final formula, we will send over final costing sheet along with the final INCI list for your review.
Have a formula that needs tweaking? We can help transform your product from good to great. We can also recreate any formula and have it manufactured and sold locally. This is a perfect option for companies outside of North America that want a cost effective way of distributing their products in the US and Canada. This ends up saving companies in the long as it avoids expensive overseas shipping costs and on duties.
We pride ourself on offering the lowest minimums in the industry. We start at 250 units a run and are highly scalable. Our goal is to help start ups and indie beauty brands launch and grow organically. We understand every dollar counts, so why invest in large production runs when you don’t have to.
A pilot batch is essentially known as small batch manufacturing and is the transition stage between R&D and commercial manufacturing. Pilot batch manufacturing is often done to perform stability and preservative challenge testing, packaging compatibility, and ultimately to see if the formula needs to be tweaked.
Quality over Quantity
We’re fully transparent in our approach to quality. We have a spotlessly clean small lab space and production area where we make our products. We meticulously check all of our raw materials to ensure ingredients are not expired and still good to use. All of our equipment is routinely sanitized and most importantly we follow GMP standards whenever possible.
We work with a large network of ingredient suppliers and distributors to bring you the best and latest ingredients. We meticulously inspect safety and all expiry dates on ingredients prior to purchasing.
Packaging is the first thing a customer sees and is considered to be the most important. We work with a variety of packaging companies from all over the world to ensure your product stands out on a shelf.
Stability & Compatibility
The main purpose of stability testing is to determine whether or not the product can withstand different conditions, such as temperature variations and compatibility of packaging. At select intervals, we will evaluate the sample being tested and determine any physical, chemical, and performance changes. If the formula remains unchanged, your formula has passed stability testing. This means you can have the confidence your formula is stable and ready to be manufactured and sold on the market.
Microbiology testing is a crucial aspect of cosmetic product safety and forms an important part of quality control. We offer the following microbiology tests to ensure your preservative system is strong enough to prevent growth of any harmful microorganisms.
Wondering what the shelf like of your product is? We can determine an appropriate expiry date or a PAO (period after opening) which designates a number of months or years that indicate the minimum date of durability of the product.
Label & INCI Compliance
We perform an in depth review of your label and INCI (International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient), which are systematic names internationally recognized to identify cosmetic ingredients.
Differentiating between a drug and a cosmetic is key when writing marketing copy. We review all marketing copy, from your packaging to your website to ensure you’re not making any claims that can get you into trouble with the law.
We can assist in:
- Preparing and submitting Cosmetic Notification Forms, which are mandatory for any cosmetic product being sold in Canada.
- Ensuring you have compliant and accurate French translation for labels.
We can help with:
- Product Classification
- FDA Cosmetic Product Ingredient Statements (CPIS) Form 2512 Filing
- Assistance in registering products in the Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program
Interested in selling your products in the EU? We can assist with the following:
- PIF (Product Information File)
- Safety assessment
- Label reviews along with translation for labels
- Claims along with CPNP notification.
- Act as Responsible Person
We also work with a partner cosmetic manufacturer if you wish to replicate your formulas and have them manufactured in the EU. This has some big advantages in the long run, which include:
- The EU manufacturer will automatically act as your Responsible Person, meaning you do not need to pay this yearly fee.
- You end up saving lots of money on having to ship product overseas.
- Retailers and customers receive their product much quicker and there’s much less risk of the products arriving damaged.
International Trademark Search
We can perform in depth trademark searches to see if your mark stands a good chance of registering. This is a crucial step if you wish to protect your brand name or a product name.
After completing a trademark search and determining the trademark is a viable mark, we will submit the necessary documentation to the Intellectual Property offices in the country you’re applying for. We will continue to oversee the trademark until it has been fully registered, which generally can take up to 6 months.