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The Basics of Cosmetics Manufac­turing in 2023 (+Certi­fi­cates)

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Want to launch a cosmetic product that dominates the market?

Of course, you do. Successful cosmetics hinge on more than just marketing. The manufac­turing process, the essence of your product, is what sets you apart.

However, mastering the art of cosmetics manufac­turing is no simple feat.

It requires precision, knowledge, and a strategic approach tailored to your brand’s unique needs. But remember: while cosmetics manufac­turing can be complex, you’re not navigating this landscape alone.

This guide is here to outline every aspect of cosmetics manufac­turing, ensuring you have the foundation and the insights needed to excel in this compe­titive industry.

Ready to stand out in the crowded cosmetics market? Let’s get started.

The Basics of Cosmetics Manufac­turing

Manufac­turing cosmetics is more than just mixing ingre­dients in a lab; it’s a dance of science, safety, and artistry. Whether you’re looking to produce a cutting-edge serum or a timeless private label lipstick, under­standing the rudimentary steps ensures a smooth journey from concept to customer.

1. Ingre­dients Selection

At the heart of any cosmetic product are its ingre­dients. Prioritize quality and ensure your ingre­dients are ethically sourced. Whether natural, organic, or synthetic, each ingre­dient plays a pivotal role in the product’s efficacy and appeal.

2. Formu­lation Develo­pment

This is where the magic happens. Combining ingre­dients in precise ratios to achieve desired textures, colors, and perfor­mance is critical. It’s not just about the aesthetic appeal; the cosmetics formu­lation should be stable, safe, and offer the promised benefits.

3. Safety and Testing

Before any product reaches the market, it must be safe for consumer use. Conduct stability tests to ensure the product remains effective over time, and undertake patch tests to prevent adverse reactions on the skin. Independent labs can provide third-party verifi­ca­tions, adding an extra layer of confi­dence.

4. Packaging

While often overlooked, cosmetics packaging is vital. Not only does it need to protect the product and extend its shelf life, but it’s also a key component of branding. Your packaging should resonate with your target audience and stand out on the shelves.

5. Regula­tions & Compliance

Cosmetics manufac­turing is tightly regulated in many countries. Familiarize yourself with local cosmetics regula­tions, ensuring every product you produce meets the required safety and labeling standards.

6. Scala­bility

Starting with small batches is wise, but always think about the future. Ensure your manufac­turing process can scale up seamlessly as demand for your product grows.

Remember, a successful private label cosmetic product isn’t just about looking and smelling good—it has to perform effec­tively and safely. By mastering these basics, you’re well on your way to creating products that will earn trust and loyalty in the market.

The Types of Cosmetics to Manufacture

The process of manufacture cosmetics is not always the same. It largely depends on the product category. For a clearer under­standing, let’s categorize them into specific groups:

Not only do we at SBLC offer a vast array of cosmetics and makeup, but we also provide numerous certi­fi­ca­tions. Intrigued? Contact us to learn more!

Skin Care

This category focuses on products speci­fi­cally formu­lated to improve the skin’s health and appearance.

  • Moistu­rizers: Creams, lotions, and gels for skin hydration and barrier protection.
  • Cleansers: Gels, foams, and oils for deep cleaning.
  • Toners: Astrin­gents and mists for balancing skin pH.
  • Serums & Treat­ments: Targeting issues such as aging, acne, pigmen­tation, and more.
  • Exfoliants: Scrubs and acids for skin renewal.
  • Masks: Clay, gel, and sheet masks for intensive treat­ments.
  • Sunscreen: Broad-spectrum products to guard against UVA and UVB.


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Hair Care

Hair care products are designed to cleanse, condition, and treat the hair and scalp.

  • Shampoos: Deep cleansing, volumizing, hydrating, etc.
  • Condi­tioners: Regular, deep condi­tioners, and leave-in types.
  • Hair Serums & Oils: Argan, coconut, almond and more for shine and protection.
  • Hair Masks: Intensive treat­ments for hydration and repair.
  • Styling Products: Gels, mousses, sprays, waxes, and more.

Eye Makeup

Eye Makeup are cosmetic products that enhance the appearance of the eyes.

  • Eyeshadows: Powders, creams, pencils in various shades.
  • Eyeliners: Pencils, gels, liquids, and felt-tip markers.
  • Mascaras: Lengthening, volumizing, curling, and water­proof varieties.
  • Eyebrow Products: Pencils, powders, gels, and pomades.

Face Makeup

Products in this category (face makeup) are used to perfect and highlight facial features.

  • Founda­tions: Liquids, powders, creams, and sticks in various finishes.
  • Concealers: For spot correcting, highlighting, and contouring.
  • Blushes & Bronzers: Powders, creams, and tints.
  • Primers: For longevity and smoothing.
  • Setting Sprays & Powders: To lock makeup in place.
  • BB & CC Creams: Hybrid products with skincare benefits.

Lips & Nails

This category encom­passes products for the lips and nails, ensuring they look polished and are well-maintained.

  • Lipsticks: Mattes, satins, creams, and more.
  • Lip Glosses: Clear, shimmering, and tinted varieties.
  • Lip Liners: For defining and contouring.
  • Nail Polishes: Glossy, matte, shimmer, and more.
  • Nail Treat­ments: Streng­theners, hardeners, and growth promoters.
  • Nail Art Products: Stickers, decals, and stamping kits.

Each category presents its own unique manufac­turing challenges and oppor­tu­nities, and a deep under­standing of the products and their ingre­dients is essential for successful production.

Top 10 Certi­fi­ca­tions for Manufac­turing Cosmetics

In the world of cosmetics, safety is paramount. Users trust manufac­turers with their skin, their appearance, and sometimes even their health. Thus, adhering to recognized safety standards is not only a matter of compliance, but also of building that trust.

Here are some of the crucial certi­fi­ca­tions that vouch for the safety and integrity of cosmetic products:

1. Cosmetic Good Manufac­turing Practices (GMP) Certi­fi­cation

A global quality standard ensuring that products are consis­t­ently produced and controlled according to set quality bench­marks. From the sourcing of raw materials to the release of the finished product, every­thing has to be in line with these practices.


2. ISO 22716 Certi­fi­cation

The inter­na­tional standard for the good manufac­turing practices (GMP) of cosmetics, providing guide­lines on the production, control, storage, and distri­bution of cosmetic products.

🔗 ISO 22716

3. FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Adminis­tration) Approval

For products aiming for the U.S. market, securing FDA’s nod is a testimony to their safety, efficacy, and labeling standards.


4. CPNP (Cosmetic Products Notifi­cation Portal)

Targeting Europe? This mandatory online system guarantees that your products are in line with the stringent standards set by the European Parliament and Council on cosmetic products.


5. Vegan Certi­fi­cation

An affir­mation that the product contains no animal-derived components, appealing to a specific consumer segment that strictly adheres to vegan values.

🔗 A Guide for Vegan Private Label Cosmetics

6. Leaping Bunny

A critical assurance that neither the product nor its individual ingre­dients were tested on animals. For those passionate about animal welfare, this certi­fi­cation is non-negotiable.

🔗 Leaping Bunny


Top certi­fi­ca­tions for organic and natural cosmetics. They vouch that the product meets stringent guide­lines concerning ingre­dient sourcing, formula compo­sition, and its environ­mental footprint.


8. PETA Cruelty-Free Certi­fi­cation

A critical assurance that neither the product nor its individual ingre­dients were tested on animals. For those passionate about animal welfare, this certi­fi­cation is non-negotiable.



Top certi­fi­ca­tions for organic and natural cosmetics. They vouch that the product meets stringent guide­lines concerning ingre­dient sourcing, formula compo­sition, and its environ­mental footprint.


10. Fair Trade Certi­fi­cation

This ensures that the ingre­dients in the product were sourced under fair condi­tions, promoting sustaina­bility and ensuring a fair wage for farmers and workers.

🔗 Fair Trade Foundation

Crafting Excel­lence in Cosmetics Manufac­turing

Navigating the comple­xities of cosmetics manufac­turing is no small feat. The industry, brimming with potential, requires diligence, knowledge, and a commitment to excel­lence. Safety and quality are non-negotiable, and ensuring every product adheres to the highest standards is paramount.

Attaining the right certi­fi­ca­tions and following the best manufac­turing practices not only bolsters your brand’s reputation but also ensures the trust of your customer base.

As you take this journey, bear in mind that in a saturated market, what sets a brand apart is its unwavering dedication to quality, innovation, and integrity. Embrace these values, and the path ahead will be both rewarding and successful.

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Charlotte Wagner

"After my Bachelor & Master's degree in Beauty Management at the mAHS (media Akademie Hochschule Stuttgart), I work full-time in consulting for start-ups and medium-sized companies in the cosmetics industry.
I discovered my passion for writing at an early age, so that I pursue it as a as a hobby author."

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