There are few things more frustrating or panic-inducing than having one of your cosmetic formulas break. However, this is a fairly common issue. You may need to replace an ingredient that has been discontinued, banned by the government or regarded as unacceptable by the public. It’s important to know how to handle a broken formula quickly and efficiently, to avoid major and costly manufacturing delays.

4 Steps to Fix a Broken Cosmetic Formula

Feeling overwhelmed because you can no longer use a key ingredient in one of your products? Follow these four steps to solve the problem:

  1. Write a Project Profile:

    You’ll need to write a project profile describing what you’d like the finished product to look like, and the changes that need to be made. Provide as much detail as possible to give the cosmetic chemist a clear idea of your vision. This can also be a great opportunity to make any other modifications to the product that may improve it, so decide if there’s anything else you’d like to improve.

  2. Choose a Cosmetic Chemist:

    Determine whether you’d like to ask your current manufacturer to help make the formula adjustments or if you’ll hire a consulting cosmetic chemist. Remember, opting for the latter gives your company ownership of the new formula, which can provide greater control and manufacturing flexibility down the road.

  3. Evaluate the Revised Formula:

    Take the time to carefully review the submission samples of the new and improved formula to make sure it satisfies all of your requirements. Pay close attention to the ingredient list and make sure it meets your criteria.

  4. Test the Finished Product:

    It’s definitely exciting to have a finished product in hand, but don’t let that deter you from all the work that still needs to be done. Conduct stability, safety and claim substantiation testing to see if you’ll need to make any adjustments to your package labeling or advertisements. Also, take note of any changes to government regulations or notifications with which you’ll need to deal.

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