New Product Development for Beauty Industry

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California-based GAR Labs specializes in formulating and manufacturing private label cosmetics and over-the-counter drugs.  Since 1982, GAR Labs has been providing top quality beauty industry manufacturing, packaging, and research and development.

Headquartered in Riverside, GAR Labs operates a three building, 133,000 Square Foot facility.

As the decades roll on, GAR Labs strives to maintain its position as an industry leader in the world of contract laboratories. GAR Labs does this by constantly working to improve products and services. In fact, GAR Labs has grown to maintain an extensive New Product Development department. Clients can always discover something new in the works at GAR Labs. In a recent interview with Oceans 2003, Tom Raffy of GAR Labs revealed some of their latest development projects.

Oceans 2003: Greetings. Thanks for taking time out to answer some questions.

GAR Labs: Certainly, always a pleasure. What can I do for you today?

Oceans 2003: Well, our readers have expressed interest in your New Product Development Department and what you specifically do at GAR Labs.

GAR Labs: In short, we design and produce Private Label health and beauty products for personal care companies around the nation.

Oceans 2003: Like lotions, crèmes, and shampoos?

GAR Labs: Yes, but also much more.

Oceans 2003: What are some examples?

GAR Labs: Our Product Development department maintains thousands of hair and skin care formulas and prototype formulas. If you are a vendor, GAR Labs can supply you with a free test sample of ANY beauty product you are interested in developing.

Oceans 2003: That’s a lot of range.

GAR Labs: What’s more, in addition to custom cosmetics, we have an expansive Fragrance Library, allowing customers to add a custom scent to any product, using excellent quality essential oils.

Oceans 2003: What about your services after the products are manufactured?

GAR Labs: We are a full-service facility, of course, right down to FDA approval and attractive packaging. The GAR Labs product development team electronically analyzes each ingredient of each product. This ensures that each product is compliant with FDA regulations and is of the highest quality.

Oceans 2003: What about price?

GAR Labs: We take value very seriously. GAR Labs uses a computerized Low Cost “no-haggle” pricing system. We strive to give every client one fair price that will bring them back for more business. We do not abide by subjective pricing practices.

Oceans 2003: Thank you for the detailed description of your New Product Development Department. We wish you the best of luck.

GAR Labs: Thank you, also.

For more information about GAR Labs, visit them online at or call (951) 788 0700.

About GAR Labs

Founded in 1982, GAR Labs has grown and now operates from a 133,000 square foot headquarters located in Riverside, California.  The GAR Labs facility meets or exceeds all health, safety, EPA and FDA standards and requirements, and is licensed for both alcohol filling and storage.  Using only purified water, GAR Labs can serve a capacity ranging from 55 gallons to 12,000 gallons per shift.

From 5,000 to 5 million pieces, GAR Labs can develop the formulation, fill and package your product.   GAR Labs is licensed and staffed to all personal care products which include sunscreens, face cream, body creams, hair care, body soaps, perfumes and alcohol related products.  In addition, GAR Labs is an FDA registered over-the-counter drug (OTC) products.

GAR Labs employs its own in-house chemists that work in a full-service laboratory and can quickly make test samples of the products you want.  Along with the development laboratory, GAR Labs offers clients peace-of-mind by having a fully equipped quality control-testing department.

GAR Labs works to ensure that ALL the ingredients AND the finished products are compliant by using three testing divisions:

  • “Analytical Testing Lab” verifies the chemical finger print of each ingredient to guarantee compliance through Infrared Spectrometer (IR) and High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC).
  • “Quality Control Department” ensures all finished products meet customer specification.
  • “Microbiological Testing Department” insures all ingredients and finished products are bacteria free.

As you can see with GAR Labs, ALL raw materials AND finished products are fully tested for both quality and compliance so that you can trust what you are selling and it will last a long time.

When it comes to processing your order the team at GAR Labs is committed to offering the best in project management.  Upon receiving a client purchase order, customer service reps have the ability to track the project’s progression.  Using a state-of-the-art computer system, GAR Labs customer service personnel enter your purchase order and then track the progress of the work and email their status every week until your order is complete.

Even after completion, GAR Labs can help you with the technical documents that might be needed to sell your product domestically or by exporting.

GAR Labs has received rave reviews from their customer base.  One such customer wrote that GAR Labs are “easy to work with” and “reasonably priced.”