Does expensive raw materials mean better? (Pigment & Dyes)
I was pooling my suppliers for Water Soluble dyes for the Lip Stain I’m developing and many suppliers submitted their quotations to me:
I asked for Yellow 5 and 6, Red 33 and 40, Blue 1, and Acid Orange 4 as those are widely approved in South East Asia.
Koel Colors (India) quoted me with an average of 40 to 120 USD per Kilogram, while Daito (Japan) averaged around 45 to 165 USD per Kilogram. Now I’ve expected the slight price increase with Japanese products because of Japan’s perceived premium manufacturing standards, but for the next supplier, I wasn’t quite prepared.
A supplier from US called Sensient quoted me a price average of 800 to 1000USD per Kilogram for the same products. I’ve asked multiple times if there was a misquote and they were insistent that there was none.
Is that a clear misquote? Or is there a tangible, visual, and quality measurable difference between these suppliers, manufacturing the same product?
Please note that this is also true for their Pre-dispersed lakes for lipsticks. Sensient is always >100% more expensive than other suppliers.
Please let me know your thoughts.
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