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Formulation Development

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In addition to cosmetic raw materials, Alfa Chemistry also specializes in the development of cosmetics. From formulation development to finished products, we can offer you a comprehensive range of knowledge and connections. Whether you are a young company or a traditional manufacturer, we will not differentiate your choice.

Alfa Chemistry offers professional custom cosmetic formulation development services, specializing in a wide range of cosmetic categories including but not limited to:

  • Skin Care
  • Lip Care
  • Body Care
  • Hair Care
  • Baby Care
  • Sun Care
  • Naturals
  • Male Grooming

Formulation Development Process

Cosmetic formulation development is the process of developing beauty, makeup and skin care products for the cosmetics industry. The cosmetic development process is detailed as below:

Research and Development

  • Market Research — perform competitor analysis, conduct customer surveys, talk to your internal team to brainstorm ideas for your next product.
  • Creating a Brief — create a brief of the cosmetic product that details its specifications including shape, color, fragrance, benefits, costs, packaging, target audience, etc.

Product Formulation

  • Prototyping — the R&D team starts making prototypes in their lab. The main purpose is to test the safety, functionality, chemical reaction, stability, toxicity and packaging of the products.
  • Internal Review & Feedback — after a prototype is developed, cosmetic developers and marketers review the product and provide constructive feedback. The R&D department then accepts the suggestions, improves the product based on the feedback, and creates a new prototype for testing. This process repeats itself until everyone is satisfied with the results.

Testing and Approval

  • Consumer Testing — organizing consumer testing will allow you to get valuable feedback from potential customers.
  • Stability Testing — stability testing can estimate the shelf life of a cosmetic product, and it can identify how the product reacts to different environments, interactions, and applications.
  • Clinical Testing — clinical testing helps to validate product claims and certifications. This phase of testing depends on the type of product, as some formulations require the necessary testing, such as testing SPF levels.

Formulation Development Principles

As a professional cosmetic formulation development service company, Alfa Chemistry has excellent formulators to help you develop high quality cosmetics of various types like creams, emulsions, lotions, gels, oils liquids, pastes and powders according to your needs. In the formulation development process, we always follow the basic principles below:


  • Cosmetics should be non-toxic (oral toxicity), non-irritating and non-allergic to skin (hair) and eye mucosa.
  • We are familiar with the cosmetic regulation of each country.


  • Each cosmetic product has its own specific effects, such as: cleansing, moisturizing, hydrating, anti-wrinkle, whitening, etc.
  • Our formulators are familiar with various types of materials and their effects and can develop cosmetics with functions that meet your requirements.


We mainly consider the:

  • Product formulation feasibility
  • Production feasibility
  • Regulatory feasibility
  • Conceptual feasibility (whether the technical concept of the product can be understood and accepted by consumers).


  • To ensure that a new or modified product meets the intended physical, chemical and microbiological quality standards as well as functionality and aesthetics when stored under appropriate conditions.

Service Process

Service Process

How Long Dose It Take

How Long Dose It Take?

The cosmetic formulation development process relies on time, thought and effort coupled with the skills of our fully qualified technical team.
This takes a minimum of 3 Months, during which time we provide monthly progress reports on the development of the tests.
The results for the tests are independently checked, verified and signed by independent evaluators.

Why Choose Alfa Chemistry?

  • Quick turn-around times and favorable prices
  • Private label and customized manufacturing
  • Experienced research experts and outstanding graphic designer team
  • Eco-friendly manufacturing that prefers naturally active ingredients
  • Stick to finest quality standards during every steps
  • High-quality products in a variety of batch and order sizes
  • Strictly adheres to cGMP, ASTM and ISO regulations

As a customer-centered company, we view ourselves as an extension of your team. That means we keep your best interests in mind at every turn so that we − and you −feel confident that every project we undertake together achieves optimal success. For more information, please feel free to contact us.

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