Importing cosmetics from overseas

Importing cosmetics from overseas can be a great business opportunity and here is why.

The beauty industry is growing due to a number of influencers who, on their social media networks, offer daily tips and tutorials related to make-up and cosmetics.

As well as make-up, shampoos, body creams and masks are becoming more popular not just with females but also the male grooming marketing is rapidly increasing.

Until a few years ago, it was the bigger cosmetic brands that people would buy, however, people are buying using secondary brands (or private labels) which opens up a wide range of possibilities and opportunities.

What do I need in order to import cosmetics?

The importation of cosmetics requires some additional steps compared to other products.

Although they are not sanitary items, there are requirements that are very similar.

The company purchasing cosmetics is responsible for ensuring that the products do not contain chemicals that may be banned in the destination country.

Checking with an expert like ourselves can help you avoid potentially importing products that can be harmful.

Licensing and registration

Although importing cosmetics is not the same as importing medical devices you will require a special licence.

In the case of the UK, the importer must register as a marketer of the cosmetic on the UK Government website and may be asked to give a sample of the cosmetic for trial.

In addition, some cosmetic products will require labelling such as:

  • Production date
  • Usage terms
  • Manufacturer
  • Expiry dates

The following rules must also be observed when importing cosmetics into the UK

  • EU Cosmetic Directives
  • The New EU Cosmetic Product regulation and registration
  • Assessment
  • License
  • Limitation of Chemical (REACH) directives

Important decisions when importing

Once the bureaucratic part is over, the process of importing cosmetics from overseas is similar to that of many other products and starts with the selection of suitable suppliers.

One of the important decisions to make before you start importing is whether to use our own brand or to market the cosmetics under a private label.

Choosing one or the other will influence other aspects, such as the minimum order quantity (MOQ).

In the case of choosing our own brand, the choice of packaging will also be crucial. Beyond a protective function, cosmetic products also often need good packaging design as an eye-catcher.

As you would expect, quality controls, both mandatory and voluntary, are of great importance in cosmetics manufacturing.

Choosing a supplier that is specialised in this sector is one of the best options to facilitate the whole process.

Finding it difficult to import cosmetics? We can help you!

Cosmetics are in contact with the skin and, because of this, their importation requires special attention.

However, by taking the right steps, it is an entirely safe international purchase.

Here at S3UK, we have been involved in importing for over 15 years and, for this reason, we know how difficult it can be to source cosmetic products when you do not have sufficient experience or information.

As professionals in this sector, we can offer support throughout the entire international purchasing process, from the selection of suppliers to advice, quality control and logistics.

We have a large team of people in each country of origin and destination that will make importing cosmetics from overseas a success for your company.