Ready to start your skincare business?

Don't know where to start?

We know it can be overwhelming, but have no fear, our handy guide is here to help you! From new businesses to therapists, we have all the info you need to get started!

BUSINESS OWNER

In the UK alone, the organic skin care market is worth an estimated £75.9m. Globally, the natural cosmetics market is on track to be worth an estimated £34b in 2019.
 
There are many reasons that explain the ever-growing interested in natural and organic cosmetics, including:
 
      • Raised awareness of environmental issues causing an increase in conscious consumerism
      • Raised awareness on how what we put on our skin affects our overall health
      • Increased interest in the importance of wellbeing and self-care
      • Increased interest in organic food, causing people to question other aspects in their life that may have been previously overlooked
Whereas multinational cosmetic corporations are also cashing in on this trend for natural and organic cosmetics, research shows that consumers are putting more and more importance on how trustworthy a company is. For many consumers, simply having "organic" or "natural" written on the label isn't enough - companies must prove their ethical worth.
Companies that test their products on animals, use mineral oils, or unsustainable sources of ingredients such as palm oil, will often see their customer base turn away in favour of other companies, seen as more "honest". This has resulted in an increased support for cottage industries and small, local businesses, especially those that are certified, that are seen as more ethical, more eco-friendly and better value for money as these small-batch products are considered to be of higher quality.
 
 
We're here to help you with whatever you need to get your business started and keep it thriving. Our dedicated customer service team are on hand to help answer any query you may have, whether it be related to bulk orders, specific product requests, formulation advice, or other technical issues.

Legal Requirements

Do you comply with all the legal requirements to sell your products to the public? Take a look at this overview of the current EU regulations surrounding cosmetics and make sure you're up to date.

Request Technical Documents

Part of making sure you're compliant with all the current legislation is having all your paperwork up to date. At Aromantic, you'll never struggle to get the information you need about our products.

Safety Assessment, Challenge Testing & Insurance

Unsure of who to go to for your product safety assessments and challenge testing? We've teamed up with a few hand-picked professionals who will be able to perform all the checks you need.

We've also got you covered when it comes to finding the right insurance for your business.

Our Soil Association Organic / COSMOS Certification

If you're making organic products and are looking to be certified by a recognised body, you'll need to have access to our trading schedules and organic certification.

You'll find all the documents you need, available to download as PDF's in one place.

Good Manufacturing Practice for Businesses

If you've gotten to the point of making a living out of making cosmetics, you'll already be familiar with the basics of Good Manufacturing Practice.
 
As your business expands, you'll need to make sure you're up to speed with what you should be doing to ensure compliance with GMP guidelines.

Are you looking for a larger quantity of a product you don't see listed on the website?
Is one of the products you regularly use being discontinued or is out of stock?
Do you need more information on some of our products' certification?
Are you looking for one-on-one consultancy to help with your business?


Give our team a call on 01309 696 900 or email in at any time at info@aromantic.co.uk.

THERAPIST / PRACTITIONER

Have you ever considered supplementing your business by using tailor-made products during your treatments, and selling these personalised products to your clients? Are you considering creating your own beauty brand alongside your complementary therapy business?

As a registered practitioner, there are certain regulations that are relevant to you:

Part 3, manufacturing of medicinal products: requirement for licence, paragraph (6) of the Human Medicines Regulation 2012:
 
(6) This paragraph applies where a herbal medicinal product is manufactured or assembled by a person (“A”) if—
 
(a)the manufacture or assembly takes place on premises occupied by A and from which A can exclude the public;
 
(b)the product is for administration to a person (“B”) and A has been requested by or on behalf of B, and in B’s presence, to use A’s judgment as to the treatment required;
 
(c)the product does not contain a substance specified in Part 1 of Schedule 20;
 
(d)the product does not contain a substance listed in Part 2 of that Schedule, unless the product is sold or supplied—
(i)in or from containers or packages labelled to show a dose not exceeding the maximum dose or maximum daily dose specified in column 2 of that Part, or
(ii)in the case of a product for external use only, with a percentage of the substance in the product that does not exceed the percentage specified in column 3 of that Part; and
 
(e)the condition in paragraph (9) is met.
 
[...]
 
(9) This condition is that the medicinal product is not manufactured or, as the case may be, assembled—
 
(a)on a large scale; or
 
(b)by an industrial process.
 
This type of exemption from other EU regulations was previously referred to as the "herbalists' exemption" under Section 12 of the Medicines Act 1968.
 
It essentially means that as a registered practitioner you are allowed to make tailored products to use during therapies or to give to clients, without having to obtain the same licenses as if you were selling them to the public outside of your practice.
 
This gives you the opportunity to supplement your business, and give yourself an advantage over your competitors. It's also a great way of laying the foundations of a new business venture. Your industry knowledge will give you an edge over other brands on the market, and you'll be able to develop a product range within the scope of your complementary therapies without needing to have everything tested and licensed beforehand.
 
If you're new to the concept of making your own products, take a look at our advice for beginners and tips for Home Crafters.
 
If you're wanting to sell your products to the public (i.e. not including your clients), then you should familiarise yourself with the regulations surrounding EU cosmetics as a Business Owner.

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