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Organic Vegan Skincare Line Chemist needed
I am wanting to create an organic/vegan skincare line. I have the main ingredients I'd like in it, but no one to formulate and test it. Quality and pureness is important to me.
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We work within the Natural Standards. I would say simply to look at the definitions of Organic and Natural. Organic has a legal standard in the US under the USDA NOP Cosmetics Program. It is pretty clear. "Natural" has no real codified definition so you would either want to comply and certify under a standard OR alternatively create an internal definition. Creating this clear standard will speed up your Formulation process and create a clearer metric for your Formulator.
It is great to start with some "must have" ingredients, but that should also be a small part of the Product Development. You will want to look at these ingredients and assess their value in the Formulation or perhaps look at some other more effective ingredients. This will all be determined during the initial process.
As far as "quality and purity," I would say that this isn't a huge issue. Organic grade materials are certified under strict standards. Cosmetic materials are almost universally good quality. A commercial product will have a higher level of quality and purity than a home crafted product since they are processed and standardized.
Lots to read, but in summary, just have a clear standard, get with a good Formulator, participate in the Product Development and then have them create the Formulation. This is important since you will find that 90% of what you do to promote a line is sales/marketing and other Business functions. As a great marketer once told me, "There is no marketing campaign that is 100% done, ever.
Good luck with your projects! Keep your eye on the prize and you will overcome any barriers to the market. We are listed in the Consultants section as well if we can be of any assistance.
Microformulation Cosmetic Consulting provides Custom Formulations for both large Commercial accounts as well as smaller entrepreneurs. We can provide Naturally compliant Formulations under the NSF, NPA, Whole Foods and USDA Organic Certifications.
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