Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
an attempt to better understand what West Coast Cosmetics
can do for you, we’ve listed a few of the most asked
questions about our company. Please take a moment to look
them over, but know you are welcomed to contact our team
if we have not addressed your particular question.
1. Does West Coast Cosmetics supply packaging and
West Coast Cosmetics is a private label custom manufacturer
of quality cosmetics, not a components supplier. Our clients
can be start-ups or established brands, small or large,
but the one thing they have in common is their unique vision
for their product line, these clients are looking for that
individual look. West Coast Cosmetics can direct you to
those companies in the industry that can supply you with
that special packaging and component.
Do you have a catalog and price list?
West Coast Cosmetics formulates and manufactures unique
cosmetics based on our client’s specifications. Each
formula is created and developed to meet those requirements,
“never off the shelf”, therefore we do not have
“Stock Bulk” or “ Finished Goods”
sitting in our warehouse. Our pricing is based on several
factors: (a) the final approved formula, (b) the scope of
work and assembly needed to complete a finished product.
(c) the order quantity.
What are your minimums?
West Coast Cosmetics prides itself on our ability to work
with smaller start-up companies and at the same time meet
the manufacturing demands of high volume orders. Minimum
orders range from 1,500 (powders) to 3,000 (liquids) units
4. What are your lead times for product delivery?
West Coast Cosmetics has established our standard delivery
time for finished goods based on an Eight (8) week turnaround.
This production process is subject to final formula approval
by our client and all needed packaging delivered to our
facility in a timely manner.
Does West Coast Cosmetics make Sun Protection Formulas (SPF)?
West Coast Cosmetics is Licensed and Approved by the FDA
as a cGMP facility to develop, formulate, manufacture and
fill both SPF Cosmetics and OTC Drug products for cosmetics.
All certification and registrations are current and maintained.
Also, we are ISO 9001:2000 Certified to research, develop
and manufacture color cosmetic products.
6. What Cosmetic products
does West Coast Cosmetics not produce?
West Coast Cosmetics has the ability to formulate, create
and match a large variety of quality cosmetic products,
(please see our Products Page). We do not however manufacture
Nail Polish or Perfumes. We can help direct you to manufacturers
that produce such items.
7. What type of Safety of
Efficacy Testing does West Coast Cosmetics do to insure
West Coast Cosmetics provides safety and efficacy testing
on our personal care and cosmetic products as well as efficacy
testing on raw materials used in our products.
Coast Cosmetics contracts with several clinical labs which
operate under current Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines
to assist our needs. As an example the Repeat Insult Patch
Test (RIPT) is the industry standard safety test to determine
the potential for skin sensitization and allergy development
in a product.
testing encompasses the full spectrum of microbiology, including
aerobic plate count, antimicrobial effectiveness testing,
and yeast and mold testing.
system evaluation and microbiological monitoring tests are
conducted on a bi-weekly basis.
Water testing includes:
Heterotrophic Count by Membrane Filtration
Total Heterotrophic Count by Pour Plate Method
Total and Fecal Coli form
Coast Cosmetics provides comprehensive cGMP stability Testing.
stability testing includes:
Long Term Stability Testing
Drug Substance Stability Testing
8. Does West Coast Cosmetics
register products with Foreign Countries for customers?
West Coast Cosmetics has a number of resources available
in assisting our clients interested in exporting their products
to foreign countries. We remain current with European Cosmetic
Regulations and can assist in attaining “Certificates
of Free Sale”.
Those considering exporting should be aware that product
registration in the EU is both complex and expensive. Compliance
with all parts of the EU Cosmetic Directive is required
and noncompliance can result in fines, mandatory recalls
or prevention of future importation.
Does West Coast Cosmetics charge Research & Development
Research & Development is a time consuming and expensive
process necessary when formulating and developing any product.
The same is true in the personal care and cosmetics industry.
As an innovative and forward looking company West Coast
Cosmetics is always looking for the newest and best in ingredients
when formulating custom cosmetics. Stability testing on
several levels are conducted as the development process
moves forward. Again this all takes time and has associated
costs. However West Coast Cosmetics is proud to state that
reviews of other labs has demonstrated that West Coast Cosmetics
costs for R & D are far more competitive and fair.
Our development fee’s range from $1,500.00 per product
type, and is dependent on the number of shades to match,
and the complexity of the formula, as well as any testing
required, to substantiate claims made.
The West Coast Cosmetics “Research & Development
Agreement” has more details.
What are the tooling costs charged if a mold or press plate
must be fabricated?
Tooling costs are priced at a minimal expense to our clients.
Because we have the ability to manufacture molds and press
plates in house at our state of the art tooling plant, costs
and delivery time is considerably reduced. With such a facility
on our premises, West Coast Cosmetics can quickly produce
unique press plates for powders and various styles of lip
stick molds, without the delay of going to an outside source.
The cost of such molds and press plates will depend on the
product and the number of molds/plates purchased. West Coast
Cosmetics has also negotiated options via a discount on
a buy back program on molds and press plates with ongoing