Helping Holland and Barrett create a UK first

Helping Holland and Barrett create a UK first

About the project

Date
2018
Client
Holland & Barrett
Category

About the project

When it comes to harnessing the potential of a new ingredient, there’s nothing quite like being first. This is how we helped Holland and Barrett become the first UK retailer to stock a topical CBD range.

The Challenge

CBD was one of the hottest wellness trends of 2019 and Holland and Barrett was already successfully selling CBD as a supplement in-store. As experts in cosmetics, we knew that CBD had potential as an active ingredient within skincare. We created samples of a day and night cream and went to pitch them the idea.

How we made it possible

We received the purchase order in November, but there was a catch – the product needed to be in-store by January. It was a good thing that we’d completed a lot of the groundwork early on. Using the Pelham Matrix, we’d tested all of the bases and active level ingredients, creating a matrix of stability data. This meant that when Holland and Barrett came to us a with a final purchase order, we were ready to get the product to market. What’s more, everything was signed off at the first formulation.

Holland and Barrett was the first retailer to launch CBD skincare in the UK, stealing a substantial march on its competitors. For the past 18 months, CBD Skincare has consistently been amongst the company’s top 10 bestselling products.

Our research and development offering is truly unique. With in-house chemists and a proprietary stability testing process (The Pelham Matrix), we’re able to expedite research and development while mitigating risk to our clients. We’re also abreast of all the latest active ingredients, and aim to create products that are effective, viable and on-trend. Proactive approach and how RM suppliers come to us to showcase their exciting new ingredients as that’s our sweet spot If you’re ready to get started, please submit a brief to our NPD team by clicking the link below.

Our in-house technical team have extensive experience in health and beauty product development, compliance and testing.

We’re able to provide advice and solutions to improve efficacy, stability and viability of your product.

If you would like to make use of our technical expertise, please create a product brief and our team will revert back to you within 3 working days.

We have relationships with a wide range of component manufacturers and distributors. As a result, our clients benefit from unlimited choice and reduced costs when sourcing components through us.

We are passionate about recyclable, sustainable packaging and reduction of plastics and are working to help integrate these initiatives into our customers existing portfolios.

As a fully integrated product development partner, we’re able to streamline the process of component sourcing as part of our complete service offering, ensuring any delays are minimised.

Our new state of the art manufacturing facility allows us to offer a wide range of products including;

  • Serums
  • Creams
  • SPF’s
  • Toners
  • Cleansers
  • Exfoliators
  • Lotions
  • Butters
  • Scrubs
  • Oils
  • Balms
  • Gels
  • Shampoos
  • Conditioners
  • Hair Styling Products
  • Hard Bars
  • Water Free Products
  • Candles

Our specialist manufacturing vessels and highly experienced makers allow us to offer flexibility from just 50kg to 3000kg per batch. With this we can cater for most requirements, be it large or small with the same exceptional quality and level of detail.

Our in-house production facility is a highly sterile environment where a range of liquid, semi-liquid and solid products can be packaged and labelled. We have a wide range of filling machinery from high tech multi-head, automated filling lines with automatic carton erecting machines through to more manual semi-automatic filling machines enabling us to support orders of any size from pilot batches of just 1,000 units to mass production of 50,000 units+.
  • Products include
  • Liquids
  • Creams/Emulsions
  • Oils
  • Pastes
  • Gels
  • Hot Fill
  • Hard Bars
  •  
  • Pack types
  • Bottles
  • Jars
  • Aluminium Tins
  • Aluminium Tubes
  • Plastic Tubes
  • Aeropack (Compression technology)
  • Airless Pumps

Our in-house regulatory department ensures that all of our products comply to the Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 and the Cosmetic Products Enforcement Regulations 2013.

We can offer full support on CPSR generation, preservative efficacy testing, mandatory pack copy compliance, and can offer clinical studies to support the following product claims:

  • Dermatologically tested – 48 7 96 hour patch testing
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • 8 & 12 Hour Hydration
  • SPF 15, 30 & 50 to ISO 24444:2019
  • No Tears

We have created The Pelham Matrix; a proprietary product development algorithmic system to expedite the product development process and to reduce the time to from product development brief to placing on the market

We can develop, manufacture and register cosmetic products that comply to the following certification bodies:

  • COSMOS Organic
  • COSMOS Natural
  • Cruelty Free International (Leaping Bunny)
  • The Vegan Society

Our research and development offering is truly unique. With an in-house team of industry leading product development chemist and a proprietary expedited product development and testing system, (The Pelham Matrix), we’re able to compress the development and testing time lime whilst mitigating the risk to our clients.

We’re also abreast of all the latest active ingredients, and always create products that are effective, viable and on-trend.

If you’re ready to get started, please submit a brief to our NPD team by clicking the link below.