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 (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.
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.
The company's operations consist of seven 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 2012 filled or packaged about 300 million units.
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.
Cosmetic Essence generates about $300 million in revenue each year.