Northwest Cosmetic Labs Announces New Tube-Sealing Machine Capability

Northwest Cosmetic Labs announces the upcoming arrival of a new tube-sealing machine this August. This machine will accompany the other three filling machines owned by NCL, but offers an expanded range of capabilities.

The additional machine differs from the others in the fact that it can fill metal tubes and it uses design-a-seal technology to offer customized crimps to customers. The new machine comes equipped with a combination sealing beam hot air system for sealing plastic, plastic-laminated, and aluminum-laminated tubes, as well as a folding station for four different types of folds for metal tubes.

These advanced packaging capabilities allow NCL to now package oxygen- sensitive products including retinol. Nitrogen purging, operated by PLC, is done to remove all oxygen from the tubes so that oxygen sensitive products can be better preserved and have a longer shelf life.

Matt Bryant, CEO of NCL said, “This machine has opened up a whole new capability for us. It fills the need for packaging professional skin care products and giving them an apothecary look and feel.”

The tube-sealing machine can fill a variety of tube sizes ranging from 10- 50 mm in diameter, 50-250mm in length and 1 to 300 ml in filling volume.

Josh Benson, Director of Technical Sales commented, “This machine gives us the capability to create new products that we have never been able to offer before.”

For more information about the new product capabilities NCL has to offer, please call 208.522.6723 or email

Northwest Cosmetic Labs Announces New Lipstick Manufacturing Capability

Northwest Cosmetic Labs, a Gary Voigt owned company, announces the addition of a new silicone mold lipstick machine to their product manufacturing capabilities.The technology behind the silicone molds allows for each individual lipstick to have finite and crisp details.

The purchase of the machine was due to NCL’s recent expansions and customer encouragement. Customers can choose from a variety of bullet shape molds to represent their individual brand.

“We had been turning away business,” said Matt Bryant, the CEO of NCL. “People would see our logo and think that we made lipstick.”

Now, the bold red lips on the NCL logo proudly advertise the latest innovative product capabilities NCL offers and invites all customers to take advantage of them.

This high-quality lipstick machine requires no flame to make the lipstick look smooth and pristine. Normally lipstick is manufactured using two metal molds. When the molds come together they leave a line of differentiation that requires glazing and molding. The new silicone molds need no flame and allow for customized shaping and embossing.NCL can even take customer’s existing formulas and create bullets that will fit into their current packaging.

Josh Benson, director of technical sales, shared samples with customers to show them the differences between their current lipstick bullets and the silicone made bullets.

“They were impressed with the smoothness and shininess of the bullets made with our silicone molds,” said Benson.

Lauren Armstrong, manager of research and development said, “it’s been a fun and exciting learning experience for R&D to be able to create new types of products.”

The new machine has allowed NCL to add over 8 new products to their portfolio of capacities and capabilities.  Among these products are; lipstick, creamy stick eye shadow, slim line lipstick, stick concealer, bullet lip balm, lip treatment, and miniature lipstick. Of course, this complements nicely NCL’s current lip product capability, including lip-gloss, lip plumper, lip scrub, traditional lip balm, and lip therapy.

Bryant said, “this is a very logical extension to our product capabilities, and we just took the next step.”

For more information about the new product capabilities NCL has to offer, please call 208.522.6723 or email

Northwest Cosmetic Labs Completes First Phase of Expansion

Northwest Cosmetic Labs (NCL), a Gary Voigt owned company, has completed the first phase of a major expansion project in an effort to increase their warehouse and production space by nearly 50,000 square feet.  This expansion became necessary to sustain record growth NCL experienced in the last two years. The additional space will allow for quicker turnaround times for product manufacturing, will help to reinforce NCL’s strict compliance to quality control and safety standards, and will help sustain the future growth of the company.

Included in the first phase of the expansion are 6,000 square feet of production space and nearly 14,000 square feet of warehouse space.  This “room to grow” will ensure that NCL continues to meet and exceed the demands of their customers.  

Northwest Cosmetic Lab’s CEO/CFO, Matthew Bryant, explains that the expansion not only allows for larger, more efficient production runs, it also “allows us to run an additional six filling lines and will accommodate our expansion into new product categories in the near future.”  The new capabilities will be added to the space soon.  Bryce Rasmussen, Director of Operations, projects that “the added production capabilities will increase productivity and efficiency by 20-30 percent.”

The 14,000 square feet of warehouse space will primarily be used to store packaging materials.  It will also house an energy efficient, environmentally friendly, box-making machine.  The machine will enable NCL to make custom-sized boxes for their shipping needs.

The new production and warehouse spaces further demonstrate Northwest Cosmetic Labs’ commitment to safe-guarding the health of the consumer. In congested production areas there is continual risk for cross contamination, but as Bryant states, “since this expansion gives us more space in which to operate, it enhances our already strong physical segregation of products within our facility.  Besides being a matter of maintaining compliance to current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) now and as we continue to grow, it goes to our core values to produce the best quality personal care and color products on the market.”

The expansion will also enable Northwest Cosmetic Labs to meet and surpass strict employee safety standards. In January 2011, NCL celebrated two years without a single lost-time safety incident.  Bryant concludes, “Having increased space for production workers to move and work freely further promotes a safe work environment.”

Finally, the expansion of the physical facilities of NCL has also made a positive impact to the local economy.  Bryant explains, “We anticipate the expansion and new capabilities will result in the addition of at least 15-20 new jobs in the next 12 months.  This includes machine operators, quality control personnel and mechanics.”  The company is currently working on plans for phase two of their expansion that will create more jobs and opportunities for local workers.

Now more than ever before, Northwest Cosmetic Labs is poised to assist you in all of your cosmetic manufacturing needs.  Please contact us today.

Northwest Cosmetic Labs on the Forefront of New FDA Sunscreen Regulations

Decoding the language so your quality products will comply.

On June 14, 2011 the FDA announced updated testing and labeling standards, known as the sunscreen monograph, for non-prescription sunscreen products currently sold in the United States. Local skin care and cosmetic product manufacturer, Northwest Cosmetic Labs, a Gary Voigt owned company, is poised to lead your company in compliance with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration guidelines.

According to the FDA, these requirements include “significant changes to sunscreen products that will help consumers decide how to buy and use sunscreen, and allow them to more effectively protect themselves and their families from sun-induced damage.”

One of these changes is the addition of the ‘broad spectrum’ classification.  According to the new FDA guidelines, sunscreens that are classified as broad spectrum and have SPF values of 15 or higher may state that they “reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging, when used as directed.” Sunscreen products that have SPF values between 2 and 14 may be labeled as broad spectrum, but only if they pass the required testing. Wendy Lees, NCL Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance, explains, “Prior to this new monograph, labeling of sunscreen only gave the consumer the overall SPF rating (protection against UV rays).  The new ‘broad spectrum’ labeling, provides more information to the consumer on the protection the product will provide against UVA as well.”

Additionally, a product that is not classified as Broad Spectrum, or one that is Broad Spectrum but has an SPF between 2 to 14, will be required to have a warning stating that the product has “not been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging.”

In addition to the changes to the labeling guidelines, the FDA released three additional documents outlining changes to the way sunscreen SPF can be labeled.  For example, no longer can sunscreen products be labeled as having an SPF higher than 50.  This is due to insufficient data showing that products with SPF values higher than that can provide greater protection for users than products with SPF values of 50. The rule does allow research bodies to provide future data that would support the inclusion of SPF 50+ products. 

The additional documents also address the effectiveness and safety of sunscreen sprays, including possible changes that the FDA may pursue concerning usage directions and warnings for these sprays.

The last of these documents establishes industry standards for sunscreen product manufacturers, like Northwest Cosmetic Labs, who are testing these sunscreen products and gives guidance in the process to comply with the new regulations.  Most cosmetic manufacturers have one year to comply.

These requirements support the FDA’s efforts to ensure that all over-the-counter sunscreens meet modern-day standards for safety and effectiveness and reflect the latest scientific research. Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, as quoted on industry website happi (Household and Personal Products Industry) states,  "These changes to sunscreen labels are an important part of helping consumers have the information they need so they can choose the right sun protection for themselves and their families."

Northwest Cosmetic Labs is currently working with their clients to meet the one-year deadline to comply with these FDA standards. Lees explains, “We are providing assistance on what changes will need to be made to existing product labels and also specify any testing that may be need to be performed for…products to be in compliance with the new monograph.”

Please contact us today so that we can outline a plan to ensure your quality sunscreen products comply with these important new standards for sun safety.

Northwest Cosmetic Labs Becomes 100% Green Power Purchaser

In June 2010, Northwest  Cosmetic Labs, a Gary Voigt owned company, became an EPA Green Power Partner, purchasing 12% of its annual energy usage from renewable sources, namely wind.  However, for 2011, Northwest Cosmetic Labs expanded its partnership to ensure 100% of its annual energy needs are supplied through wind.  Northwest Cosmetic Labs is the first personal care and cosmetic product contract manufacturer to supply 100% of its energy needs through renewable sources under the EPA’s Green Power Partnership program.

According to Justin Manwaring, Northwest Cosmetic Labs’ Director of Purchasing, “Sustainability is a dominant theme in the cosmetic industry and a topic of concern for many of our customers and suppliers.  Becoming an EPA Power partner and committing to purchase 100% of our power through clean renewable energy is one of many initiatives all aimed at demonstrating our commitment to increased global sustainability.  We anticipate this will prove to be a key element in setting us apart from our competitors in the cosmetic industry, and will aid us in attracting and keeping like-minded customers.”

Northwest Cosmetic Labs’ green power purchase avoids 553 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.  This is the equivalent of removing 106 passenger vehicles from the road each year.

The Green Power Partnership program was created to encourage the voluntary use of green power, while supporting the development of new, renewable energy in the United States.  Green power is electricity produced from renewable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and low-impact hydro.  For more information on the US EPA’s Green Power Partnership program, visit

About Northwest Cosmetic LabsFounded in 1995, Northwest Cosmetic Labs (NCL) specializes in custom formula development and quality manufacturing of prestige skin care and cosmetic products.  Northwest Cosmetic Labs services the leading brands around the world.  NCL’s customers reach beyond the US, including Europe, Asia Pacific and Canada.  For more information on Northwest Cosmetic Labs, visit

Northwest Cosmetic Labs Celebrates 2 Years of Employee Safety

Northwest Cosmetic Labs, a prestige skin care and cosmetics manufacturer, celebrated two years worked with no lost time incident on January 19, 2011.  “No lost time” means that no one has missed work due to an injury or illness suffered on the job.

Lisa Barkow, Human Resources Manager, commented, “Ultimately safety is everyone’s responsibility.  At Northwest Cosmetic Labs, we look out for each other during the work day.”

Bryce Rasmussen, Director of Operations, observed, “We are getting better at identifying and eliminating safety risks in the workplace.  Our employees know that when they raise a safety concern, we will investigate and eliminate the hazard or the unsafe act.  Employees are increasingly comfortable correcting an unsafe act of another member of the team.”

Employees celebrated the safety milestone on January 19 with a catered lunch. To further recognize this exceptional achievement, a banner was placed on Northwest Cosmetic Labs corporate headquarters, exclaiming “Celebrating 2 years of employee safety!”

Northwest Cosmetic Labs Becomes EPA Green Power Partner

Prestige skin care and cosmetic product manufacturer Northwest Cosmetic Labs has announced a partnership with the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power program.

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that provides assistance and recognition to organizations that demonstrate environmental leadership by choosing green power. It was also created to support the development of new, renewable energy in the United States.  Under the partnership, Northwest Cosmetic Labs agrees to meet specific goals for "green" power use and will report to the EPA on its use each year. Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. These resources generate electricity with a net zero increase in carbon dioxide emissions, while offering a superior environmental profile compared to traditional power generation sources.

As the first cosmetic/skin care contract manufacturer to join the EPA Green Power Partnership, Northwest Cosmetic Labs continues to be a leader in supporting the environmentally sustainable supply chain goals it shares with its customers and suppliers.  Northwest Cosmetic Labs’ green power purchase avoids 53 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which is the equivalent of removing 10 passenger vehicles from the road.

Northwest Cosmetic Labs, headquartered in Idaho Falls, Idaho, specializes in custom formula development and quality manufacturing of prestige skin care and cosmetic products.  More information is available at

About EPA's Green Power Partnership

The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,000 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state, and federal governments, and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit