5-step guide to becoming a skincare manufacturer

5 step guide to becoming a skincare manufacturer

You want to get started in the cosmetics industry by becoming a cosmetics and skincare manufacturer. Fantastic! Our 5-step guide will help you on your way.

Selecting ingredients and developing formulas

To create really superb skin and haircare products, you need high quality ingredients. But before you start ordering your raw materials, you need to make a few decisions.

  • Who is your target market (young, 20-30s, 40-50s, mature, babies, men)?
  • What category will you start with (dry skin, oily skin, anti-ageing, brightening, sensitive)?
  • What type of products do you intend on developing (creams, serums, cleansers, toners, tanning, sunscreen, grooming products, body lotions, cosmeceuticals)?

The next step is to take your concept idea to a qualified cosmetic chemist. He/she will use the latest research to develop or improve on your concept, keep you up-to-date with industry trends, innovations and breakthroughs, and provide you with advice on cutting-edge ingredients. Only then can you start purchasing your raw materials.

Sourcing raw materials

Start by doing a background check on suppliers to ensure you only select ingredients from trusted companies who can ensure consistency and quality of their products.

When sourcing raw materials locally or from overseas, ask the company for evidence of their Quality Management System. Then check the materials against industry standards and specifications.

Once you have taken delivery of the ingredients, the cosmetic chemist can start developing and testing your formulas. By using cutting-edge ingredients, such as peptides, botanicals and vitamins, the chemist can transform your concept idea into something unique for your brand.

Manufacturing, quality control & assurance

Setting up a facility to manufacture your products can be a costly exercise, so investigate alternatives, such as a private label skin care manufacturer. Look for companies that have a team of qualified chemists, technical support staff, and a factory equipped with sophisticated equipment to manufacture your products.

In fact, if you don’t have the expertise to develop your products, the private label skincare manufacturer can usually provide services from inception to production and beyond.

To ensure first class manufacturing, you need documentation for every batch and production methods to guarantee strict quality control and assurance guidelines are met.

Packaging, labelling, artwork

The next step the fun really starts – selecting the packaging and designing the artwork.

Top tip: to attract customers to your product, package it in something that stands out from your competitors!

Will you be using elegant glass, lightweight plastic, or tubes? What type of closures will they need (screw top, pump pack). Perhaps your formula calls for an airless pouch container, or a container that won’t mix unstable ingredients with the other ingredients until it’s pumped onto the hand.

Revolutionary airless pouch containers by Lumson comprise a thin, collapsible pouch shaped inside the plastic bottle for easy, fast, top filling. Because of this, no special tooling is required.

The pouch prevents air from penetrating your formula, helping protect sensitive ingredients from deteriorating. Think retinol and vitamin C.

Every bottle is equipped with a tamper-resistant Eco-lock top that snaps on after filling to prevent it from being removed, protecting your product from contamination.

State-of-the-art design

The innovative Lumson design can be used for low and high density formulas. Plus, the bottle functions in any position, even upside down, and is made from recyclable, bright, thick plastic. This makes it is easy to transport and stock.

Another bonus of the airless pouch containers is that less than 5% formula is left in the bottle after total dispensing. This ensures customers get what they pay for.

Finally, when you have your packaging sorted, you may want to hire a graphic designer to create a fabulous label. Private label manufacturers will often offer this service, too.


The final step is logistics. Where is your product being transporting? Do you have a warehouse it can be shipped to? Or will it be delivered straight to the market or shops it is intended for?

Lastly, for more information about becoming a skincare manufacturer, read our blogs on Getting started in the cosmetics industry and Becoming a private label cosmetics manufacturer.

Image courtesy of Lumson

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