We offer a full manufacturing service and all manufacturing of the finished product is carried out on site, then packed by our warehouse for dispatch. We use artisan methods of production, which means we choose people over machines to make our products.
How long an initial order takes to process depends upon the type of products and the complexity of the formulations and we will advise you accordingly. Repeat orders are typically completed between six to eight weeks.
Since 2000 we have worked with a wide variety of clients from all types of businesses, including hotels, spas, lifestyle brands, baby companies, retailers, facialists, start ups and internet retailers. We create and manufacture only the purest of natural, organic and certified organic skincare products for face, hair, body, mother & baby and male grooming, as well as both retail and professional spa ranges.
We have created whole spa ranges, including retail and professional product, using ingredients including shea butter, olive oil, argan, calendula and essential oils of jasmine, ginger, ylang ylang, rosemary, rose geranium and pink grapefruit. We have formulated moisturising body butters, pre wax lotion, body masques, muscle balm, massage balms, cleansing balms, facial serums & masks, rassoul muds, toners, sugar & salt body scrubs, natural wax candles, cuticle balm, hand & nail cream, foot soaks, and treatment oils, to name but a few.
We have years of experience of creating both affordable and luxury baby ranges, using gentle ingredients such as safflower, jojoba, olive, cornflour, lavender, mandarin, calendula and chamomile. We have created baby powders, nappy balms, baby bath & shower washes, baby lotions, chest rubs, scalp oils, sleep balms, baby massage oils, bath powders, sun creams and dry skin balms.
FACE BODY & HAIRCARE
FACE, BODY & HAIR CARE
Our face, body & hair care ranges have included high performance skincare through to simple capsule ranges, using ingredients such as rose otto, apricot, rosehip, natural collagen, sandalwood, lemongrass, orange blossom, vetiver, bergamot and coconut. Choose from cleansing lotions, cleansing balms & facial washes, toners, day & night creams, serums, exfoliatiors, facial masks, hand washes, body washes, bath soaks, body scrubs, body creams, body butters, massage oils, shampoo, conditioners, skin oils, lip balms and muscle balms.
OUR OWN BRANDS
OUR OWN BRANDS
- Award winning CIRCAROMA natural and organic skincare products – www.circaroma.com
- VITAL TOUCH is a range of the purest skincare and aromatherapy products. The brand includes the VITAL TOUCH NATALIA range, especially formulated for prenatal, labour, mother and baby. – www.vitaltouch.com.
- For professional therapists we provide high quality organic bases, essential oils, blended oils and massage balms – massageoils.vitaltouch.com
Putting products through the testing procedure is a very important part of the development process and usually takes up to six months to complete. The process ensures that your products are safe to use for the purpose for which they are intended and have a reasonable shelf life. The testing process will also include a detailed cosmetic product safety report. You will also need to list your product on the European cosmetic portal.
We work with several independent laboratories and as part of the development process, we will manage the testing protocols for you. It is essential that you factor these testing costs into your development budget which is in the region of £1100 per product.
Choosing your packaging is one of the most challenging aspects of creating and building your own range. How your products look will have a huge impact on how they are received in the cosmetic market. Some more specialist packaging can often require very large volumes to be purchased, which can be prohibitive when you are starting out. We often advise clients to choose simple packaging to start with and dress it up with stunning design. There are many cosmetic ranges on the market that have done just that!
We have excellent contacts with packaging suppliers and label designers that we will be happy to share with you. They can offer you guidance and support in working your way successfully through the packaging minefield. We also highly recommend you employ a creative packaging designer who has experience of product label design.
The soil association is the leading UK charity for setting organic standards in farming and crop production. It also has organic standards for beauty products. We have been a Soil Association accredited manufacturer since 2004 and have an impressive track record of creating successful certified organic products. We undergo a rigorous annual audit by their inspectors to ensure that we meet their exacting standards.
In 2014 UK sales of organic health & beauty products increased by 20% & the number of soil association licensees increased by 51% (source: soil association organic market report) in 2016 the organic market continued to grow steadily.
90% of UK consumers who buy natural & organic health & beauty products say ‘avoidance of synthetic chemicals’ is important to them. (source: organic monitor) clients who choose to certify make their skincare products are usually environmentally conscious brands who believe in the importance of ingredients grown without the use of pesticides and also want to satisfy consumers demand for assurance of product purity via the use of a logo or symbol.
To obtain organic certification and display the Soil Association / COSMOS logo we will need to submit your full formulation and product packaging to the Soil Association for approval.