Sourcing Ingredients Question!!
For those here who are small or personal formulators how do you go about acquiring those specific niche ingredients from larger companies?
At various points I’ve had so much difficulty acquiring certain ingredients even when the MOQ and unit price is okay for me(25kg etc). For example, Univar solutions won’t work with you if your shipping address is a residential one. I even got storage space at UPS to have my desired package delivered there but they still refused. Mind you I understand why larger companies like to deal with well established institutions but I’m just curious what people in similar situations have done to get around these stipulations? Does anyone know of or has anyone used cosmetic purchasing agents to act as an intermediary ? Is this even a thing?
I would also like to point out that yes, most times I just look for a wildly available and appropriate substitute but sometimes you really just want to get your hands on that one ingredient!