UK manufacturer of soap bases and natural ingredients, Stephenson, has launched its first-ever range of COSMOS approved personal care base products.

The new base formulations in the COSMOS range are Bodywash Base C, Hair Conditioner Base C, Shampoo Base C and Lotion Base C.

The new formulations (previously accredited under the Soil Association standard) have been updated to meet the latest COSMOS certified standards, presenting greater opportunities for organic-based products. In its 2020 Organic Market Report, the Soil Association reveals that the UK organic market continues its eight year growth, climbing by 4.5% in 2019 to reach a record value of £2.45bn. The global natural cosmetics market was estimated to be worth $36bn in 2019 and is predicted to grow to $54bn by 2027.

The range of four new formulations allows brands and manufacturers in the personal care market to easily administer the change from Soil Association to COSMOS certified. The Soil Association no longer provides new certification to its own standard, only now offering new certifications to The COSMOS standard. The COSMOS standard oversees organic and natural certification within the personal care sector in Europe and COSMOS Organic is a certification for organic beauty products that use between 20% - 95%+ of organic materials.

Stephenson’s COSMOS certified Bodywash Base contains a natural liquid soap base made from organic oils. All the base requires is the simple addition of essential oils or fragrance and it can readily be thickened with salt. Containing organic glycerin naturally derived from organic sunflower and coconut oils, this liquid base is blended with gentle surfactants to provide a creamy lather. This base also allows the production of a certified bodywash, if the converter/filler also has organic certification.

The COSMOS certified Shampoo Base is fully formulated, contains mild surfactants and is pre-thickened, simply requiring the addition of fragrance and or essential oils. The product is blended with approved gentle surfactants to provide masses of creamy lather, is free from sulfates, SLS, SLES and parabens and is enriched with aloe vera.

The COSMOS certified Conditioner Base is blended with nourishing organic certified shea butter, jojoba, sunflower, olive and coconut oils. This base is fully formulated, pre-thickened and only requires the addition of organic essential oils or fragrance. It is suitable for all hair types and enriched with nourishing emollients.

Stephenson’s COSMOS certified Lotion Base is fully formulated and pre-thickened, only requiring organic fragrance or essential oils to create a product made with organic ingredients. Gentle on all skin types, it is enriched with moisturising aloe vera having a light, velvety texture that leaves skin feeling silky.

Although the COSMOS international standard has been active for some time, in early 2017 several European organic accreditation bodies (the Soil Association, BDIH, Cosmebio, Ecocert and ICEA) agreed that any product they certify must meet the COSMOS standard, allowing for regional consistency. The aim of COSMOS was to remove the requirement for multiple certification costs and site inspections for manufacturers in the industry and offer a more coherent accreditation for consumers.  

Richard Musgrave, marketing manager at Stephenson commented: “In recent years there has been confusion within the personal care industry surrounding the regulation of organic certification and ingredients claims. As consumers continue to become more savvy in this dynamic and valuable sector, it is increasingly important to ensure that brands and manufacturers are creating products that are totally transparent and honest about their ingredients. 

“New and existing Stephenson customers using the new formulations can now display the recognised COSMOS accreditation and messaging on their finished products and in meeting the COSMOS criteria, be assured that the bases not only have a range of versatile applications but also feature improved product performance and greater sustainability claims.

“At Stephenson, we are proud to offer a variety of  ’made with organic’ soap base products, which are more popular with customers now than ever before and in producing formulations to meet approved COSMOS guidelines, we are ensuring that our customers are being openly transparent with their organic claims, which is in turn very important to eco aware consumers. With COSMOS accreditation, it is reassuring to know that there is a regulatory body fighting for more sustainability, green chemistry practices and transparency when it comes to organic beauty products.”

Established in 1856 and based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Stephenson is a fifth-generation family-owned business delivering tailor-made solutions for personal care brands and manufacturers worldwide by employing the use of what it describes as ‘creative chemistry.’ 

Stephenson’s expertise embraces world-class innovation for a wide range of industries. Reliable supply of these cutting-edge, speciality personal care ingredients is underpinned by distribution channel partners worldwide, alongside facilities in North America, Europe and China, that assist prompt delivery to customers in more than 50 countries. Currently, Stephenson exports approximately 85% of everything that it makes, with roughly one third going to customers in Europe, one third to the United States and the remainder to the rest of the world.

For more information about Stephenson’s COSMOS range please click here.

Stephenson is a world leader in natural ingredients and speciality chemicals. Twice winner of the Queens Award for Export, it now distributes to customers worldwide - 85% of Stephenson business is done overseas.

From the research and manufacturing facility in Horsforth, Leeds, the company's manufacturing expertise embraces world-class products for a range of industries

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