Importing cosmetics from China or other Asian countries can be a great business opportunity and we want to explain why. The beauty and personal hygiene sector has a high demand motivated both by personal care and by the growing number of influencers who, on their social networks, offer new tips and tutorials related to make-up and cosmetics almost daily, a fact that inevitably increases the consumption of this type of products.
Shampoos, body creams, masks and make-up are some of the most popular cosmetic products sold today. Moreover, these types of products are no longer exclusively for women’s use, which is why the sales opportunities are now greater.
At the same time, we must not forget that until a few years ago, most people used to buy only cosmetic products from big brands. However, this habit has changed and the use of secondary brands (or private labels) of cosmetics is now widespread, which opens up a wide range of possibilities.
What do I need in order to import cosmetics?
The importation of cosmetics requires some additional steps compared to other products. It is important to bear in mind that, although they are not sanitary items, in many cases the similarities (and therefore the requirements) are very similar.
The company purchasing cosmetics is responsible for ensuring that the products do not contain chemicals that may be banned in the country of destination. Checking with an expert on such details will help you avoid potentially serious problems with your import.
Licensing and registration
Although importing medical devices is not the same as importing cosmetics, it should be borne in mind that both types of products require a special licence. In the case of the United Kingdom, the importer must register as a marketer of the cosmetic on the UK Government website and he may be asked to give a sample of the cosmetic for trial.
In addition, some cosmetic products have labelling prerequisites in the UK (for example, production date, usage terms, manufacturer, expiry dates, etc.), as reported in the Cosmetics Product Enforcement Regulation page.
Finally, the following rules must be observed when importing cosmetics into the UK: EU Cosmetic Directives, the New EU Cosmetic Product regulation and registration, Assessment, License, and limitation of Chemical (REACH) directives.
Important decisions when importing
Once the bureaucratic part is over, the process of importing cosmetics from China is similar to that of many other products and starts with the selection of suitable suppliers.
One of the important decisions to make before we 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 specialised in the 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 a completely safe international purchase.
At S3 Group, 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 the 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 China or any other Asian country a success for your company.