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Our success stems from your success, and we like to be successful.  Project managers at Northwest Cosmetic Labs view every project as their highest priority.  They put everything they have into every project to ensure a successful new product is created to match the vision of each and every customer.  The success of their projects stem from forward-thinking processes that are utilized for every customer’s new projects. 

Project managers at Northwest Cosmetic Labs are constantly looking for better ways to communicate timelines, update their customers, and build confidence in their projects.  A spreadsheet program ensures that customers have updated timelines that reflect their project’s progress and endgame.  These timelines are reactive to changes and give a clear view of action items that must be completed for a project to be successful.  This interactive program not only ensures that a project is staying on course, but also communicates the deep desire of project managers to accomplish successful projects for their customers.

Project Managers at Northwest Cosmetic Labs find their success as they work hard every day to improve their processes, building greater products and confidence with every customer they work with.  

Through the Cosmovation Process®, Northwest Cosmetic Labs continues to find new and innovative ways to better serve their customers.  Employees in every department of NCL are driven by the necessity to consistently establish great processes through forward-thinking.  Building on a foundation of great service, NCL progressively looks to the future to ensure that our innovative approaches bring maximum success to our customers.

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We believe in great connections.   Our experience has shown us that efficiency and success come from great connections with customers, technology, and forward-thinking processes.  Specializing in this, the IT Department continues to find ways, utilizing the Cosmovation Process®, to build on connections to enhance technology, to give customers a better experience, and to raise NCL’s processes to a new level of productivity.

The IT Department at Northwest Cosmetic Labs is currently preparing to launch a new customer portal which will change the face of customer service in the world of manufacturing.  This portal was designed and coded with the customer in mind, bringing convenience and productivity right to every customer’s phone or computer. 

Constantly looking for ways to improve processes at Northwest Cosmetic Labs, the IT Department has achieved a superior workflow, top-of-the-line communication systems, and dependable networking.  Prioritizing the customer in everything they do, they will continue to search out ways to build great connections through the Cosmovation Process®. 


We deliver peace of mind.  At Northwest Cosmetic Labs, we understand the importance of each and every stage of the manufacturing process.  From ideation to delivery, we understand that every point of your product’s creation must be done in an exceptional way.

The Shipping Department at Northwest Cosmetic Labs embraces a forward-thinking mindset everyday as they prepare finished products for shipment.  Their expertise and precision ensure that shipments make it to their destination on track and on time with transparency of rates and tracking information.

Utilizing a customized checklist, designated by the customer, every shipment leaving Northwest Cosmetic Labs is checked and double-checked for the specific needs and regulations of each customer.  This progressive way of thinking ensures that every shipment will bring you peace of mind, being delivered in the condition and through the process you desired.

In short, we work hard to seek out the best and most innovative methods to efficiently and successfully complete your projects because that is what the Cosmovation® Process is all about.  Your success is our validation, and we work hard to have that validity in everything we do.

In the Community

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Helping to build a foundation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in the local community, Northwest Cosmetic Labs was excited to take part in the "Growing Together" I-STEM Teacher Development Event at the College of Eastern Idaho.

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Northwest Cosmetic Labs is excited to recognize Derek Gneiting for his exceptional work in the Information Technology (IT) Department.

Derek is a Systems Administrator who works to ensure that every computer is running smoothly at Northwest Cosmetic Labs.  His day-to-day responsibilities include updating the servers, setting up computers and tablets, assisting employees with computer issues, and many more things.  He loves working in IT and enjoys the friendships he has made here and the great work environment in his department.

Derek truly enjoys his job, but when he is not at work, he loves hanging out with his family, going camping, or just spending time together.  He and his wife recently welcomed their third child which keeps their family very busy.

Please join us in congratulating Derek on a job well done!


NCL is excited to recognize Hector Yanez for his exceptional work in the Compounding Department.

Hector is a compounder on day shift.  He specializes in mixing ingredients together to create the bulk for production.  He has worked at Northwest Cosmetic Labs for two and a half years and enjoys working in compounding with a team of hard workers that create a welcoming and friendly environment.  His great attitude and drive to always work hard to get stuff done has made him an invaluable part of the Compounding team.

Outside of work, Hector enjoys playing soccer with family and friends.  This summer, he is looking forward to traveling to Glacier National Park in Montana and to Texas to visit family.

Please join us in congratulating Hector on a job well done!


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Why Jasmine? Jasmine is proving itself to be more than just an aromatic flower with superficial beauty. It is now showing a new form of beauty in its nourishing and beneficial properties as a skin care ingredient.

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Cosmovation Now: Roses

No Longer Just a Romantic Gesture: The Impressive Cosmetic Benefits of Roses

Why Roses?

Roses have always been a fragrant gesture of love and adoration.  For centuries, the rose petal has adorned walkways, baths, and bedrooms, bringing an aromatic and luxurious sight for special occasions or just a pampering experience.  But roses are also known for other less superfluous uses.  Rose Water, Rosehip Oil, and many other subsidiaries of the rose flower have become a hot topic in the skincare industry.  It is time for that romantic grand gesture to become a highly sought-after and utilized skincare ingredient.

Cosmovation Now: Kale

No Longer Just the Garnish on Your Plate: The Amazing Skin Benefits of Kale.

What is Kale?
From the plant species Brassica oleracea, it consists of green or purple leaves which do not form a head. 

Enjoy an enhanced antioxidant shield.
Kale creates a shield to protect your skin cells from free radicals caused by pollution.  Environmental aggressors can create free radicals in your skin which can prematurely age your skin, encouraging age spots, wrinkles, and fine lines.  Kale, packed with powerful antioxidants, can prevent these negative side effects while repairing past damage from external pollutants as well.

Augment your youthful appearance.
Kale utilizes Lutein, a carotenoid, to promote the production of collagen.  With greater levels of collagen, your skin will have a more toned and firmed look, giving you a vibrant, more youthful appearance.

Are you in need of improved skin hydration?
Get that much-needed hydration while enjoying healthier-looking and cleaner-looking skin.  Kale is packed with Vitamin E which helps replenish the skin’s moisture while reducing the presence of inflammation and encouraging a more vibrant and refreshed complexion. 

Enrich your hair and scalp with intense moisture.
Kale utilizes omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to bring intense hydration to the hair and scalp, reducing dandruff and assuaging that pesky flaky scalp.

No longer just a garnish on your plate, Kale has become an enhanced personal care ingredient, enriching your skin and hair with needed nutrients.

Northwest Cosmetic Lab’s Cosmovation® Now videos focus on ingredients that can be used in skin care and cosmetic products. Northwest Cosmetic Labs (NCL) was founded in 1995 in a small, rented office located near Channing Way in Idaho Falls. NCL, in its 21 years of business, has become a powerhouse in the cosmetic manufacturing arena, working with some of today's top prestigious cosmetic brands. NCL is known for their unique process that brings a concept to customers. This process, dubbed the Cosmovation Process®, infuses innovation into every step, helping to successfully bring cosmetics into the hands of the customer.

The Cosmetic Industry

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A new era of sun protection is bringing new beliefs and misconceptions to a market that has been around for over eighty years.  These new trends follow a generation that are known as trailblazers and trendsetters in their own right – Millennials.  This large population which has shaped many key industries, have made up their mind on sun care, bringing many new ideas, trends, and common issues to the surface for the skincare market.

With more and more information available on the harmful effects of the sun, millennials do agree that good sun care regimens are important.  Right now, millennials use a higher percentage of sunscreen than non-millennials (Mintel).  Their sun care product usage usually have higher SPFs, and they like to use many different products that include sun protection claims such as makeup, facial skincare, and body moisturizers (Mintel).  Millennials also don’t limit their sun protection to the warmer months.  54% of millennials will use sun protection products year-round (Mintel).

With so much focus being put on sun protection products, a surprisingly large number of millennials don’t understand how the “Sun Protection Factor” works.  In fact, 24% of US millennials “agree that SPF levels can be really confusing,” and 35% of UK millennials think that “SPF refers to the number of minutes you can spend in the sun before you need to reapply sun protection (Mintel).”  These common misconceptions affect the way that sunscreens are used and puts their effectiveness at risk. 

In order to accommodate this new sun care market, companies who have long pushed the dangers of the sun, can now start pushing the solutions to avoiding sun damage with clear instructions and education to make every millennial confident in their own Sun Protection Factor.

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In an industry that is inundated with skin care and body care products that fight external pollutants, one glaring threat has historically been overlooked.  Blue HEVL (High Energy Visible Light), commonly referred to as Blue Light, is becoming a greater threat in the high-tech world that we live in.  This form of light pollution, which comes from smartphone screens, computer screens, televisions, and many other sources, can cause damage to the skin with as little as an innocent glance at your phone a few times a day.

Since technology is not going away, many skincare companies have an opportunity to market a solution to this growing epidemic that significantly plagues the “millennial” and “Linkster” generations.  Right now, the average US Millennial will check their phone 157 times a day, whereas the older generation will generally only check their phone about 30 times a day (Mintel).  This increase in Blue light exposure can cause a reduction in carotenoids (antioxidant) levels in the skin, reduce healthy sleep patterns, and induce hyperpigmentation in light-to-medium brown skin (Mintel).

An opportunity has arisen in the skin care and body care industries to address this growing threat.  Products that before were designed just for a sun protection factor can now be updated and reformulated to include Blue HEVL light pollution as well.  In a changing world with changing needs, the market is ready for new and forward-thinking approaches to shed new light on the age-old battle of healthy and protected skin care.


Pollution is now. 

Pollution is no longer an invisible perpetrator that can be ignored and underestimated.  It has become a concern all around the world.  In its own way, it has united the world with a common goal, a goal to protect the human body from the harmful, and sometimes deadly effects of pollution.

Right now, about 3.3 million people in the world are dying a premature death each year due to air pollution (Mintel).  Many countries are inundated with the realities of harmful environmental aggressors every day, but many people don’t realize the negative effects that pollution is having on their skin.  A study that was done in February 2016 for Science Daily shows a link between the levels of traffic-related air pollution and nitrogen dioxide NO2 with the formation of dark spots on the facial skin (Mintel).    Another study conducted by Dr. Frauke Neuser for Olay showed that air pollution can negatively impact the skin’s health by compromising its hydration and barrier function (Dermatology Times). 

As the risk and education of pollution continues to grow, many see the anti-pollution movement becoming the next UV movement, ensuring that the personal care industry will make it a standard routine to have anti-pollution claims on all their products (Mintel).

What does this mean for the personal care industry? 

Right now, only 1% of personal care launches focus on the anti-pollution concept (Mintel).  This leaves a lot of opportunity for new and innovative lines that address this problem head-on.  Navigating this new area of personal care, companies will find great success in their forward-thinking approach to a growing skincare needs.

Applying their Cosmovation Process™ in all aspects of their company, Northwest Cosmetic Labs has done their research and is ready to assist their customers in creating products that are innovative and relevant.  Driven by that need for success - success in formulation, success in manufacturing, and most importantly, success for their customers, NCL continues to be a trailblazer in the personal care industry.