Contract manufacturer Cosmetic Essence makes personal care products so its customers don't have to. The company develops, manufactures, and fills a variety of products, including color cosmetics, creams and lotions, fragrances, bath and hair care products, and household supplies. The firm offers clients additional services, such as package design, sourcing, logistics, and distribution services. Customers have included brand-name manufacturers, such as Elizabeth Arden, and major retailers the likes of Bath & Body Works nationwide. Established in 1984, Cosmetic Essence has been majority owned by private equity firm Littlejohn & Co. and fund manager Garrison Investment since 2010.


The company's operations consist of half a dozen facilities in the US and Europe. Most manufacture creams and lotions, color, powder, hydro-alcohol based products, gift sets, and/or over-the-counter products. Other facilities provide thermoforming, rigid box manufacturing, injection molding, and blow molding packaging. Cosmetic Essence also offers packaging, filling and assembly, and logistics to complement its supply chain services. With more than 2.5 million sq. ft. of production space, the company in 2013 filled or packaged more than 300 million units.

Geographic Reach

Headquartered in New Jersey, Cosmetic Essence enjoys a global reach.

Its production is concentrated in New Jersey, with single sites in Pennsylvania and Virginia, enabling it to cater to its core domestic customers. The cosmetics maker, however, looks to expand globally and has established a hydro-alcoholic filling and set assembly plant in Poland.

Sales and Marketing

Customers include some of the top global cosmetics companies, personal care and household products firms, and marketers of emerging brands.

Financial Performance

Cosmetic Essence generates about $300 million in revenue each year.


Cosmetic Essence, which is registered with the US Food and Drug Administration for over-the-counter products, specializes in research and development to bring to market new formulations and products for customers. It partnered with customers in 2012 on some 800 new formulas. Breakthrough products include low cost, luxury fragrance substitutes, and skin exfoliation and SPF skincare products.

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2182 Hwy 35
Holmdel, NJ 07733-1125
Phone: 1 (732) 888-7788
Fax: 1 (732) 888-6194


  • Employer Type: Subsidiary
  • Manager Product Testing and Assurance: Allison Hornbeck
  • Chief Financial Officer: Joan Soden
  • Director of Corporate Accounting Cosmetic Essence LLC: Timothy Walsh
  • Employees: 696

Major Office Locations

  • Holmdel, NJ

Other Locations

  • Cranbury, NJ
  • Edison, NJ
  • Ridgefield, NJ
  • Roanoke, VA