Contract Manufacturers Database

Karen Ho     

Gravel AI is the world’s largest database on contract manufacturers in the beauty and personal care industry.

It is constantly updated and covers:

  • 600+ global contract manufacturers
  • 100+ product type / applications
  • 20+ geographical locations
  • 2500+ beauty brands using the contract manufacturers (real linkages)
  • 50,000+ ingredients used by the contract manufacturers (filterable)

In this database, you can filter contract manufacturers by the type of products they produce, ingredients they use and brands they already work with.

Let’s dive into the features and datasets available.

What is a contract manufacturer?

A contract manufacturer is a company that manufacturers the finished products on behalf of a beauty brand.

A large brand such as L’Oreal would have their own product manufacturing facilities. They can produce their own products and conduct their own formulation experiments in the new product development (NPD) process.

Smaller beauty brands may not have the batch size to justify manufacturing their own products. Also, they may not have the internal expertise to design the formulation or manage the various aspects of creating a beauty product end to end.


In this case, they will use a contract manufacturer, also known as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or Original Design Manufacturer (ODM), to manufacture their products.

A contract manufacturer’s service include project management, formulation design and experiments, manufacturing the finished products, and collaborating with external suppliers such as ingredient or packaging suppliers to bring a finished product to the market.

Photo: Matrix, a contract manufacturer in the beauty & personal care industry

Do contract manufacturers have specialties?


Each contract manufacturer has their own specialities.

The expertise required to make a shampoo is very different to what it takes to make a face serum.

Ingredients also have batch size when ordering. It’s much easier for a contract manufacturer to work on an ingredient if they’re already using that ingredient.

Manufacturing and testing equipment also differs widely across product types. The bottling and packaging processes have to be optimised to keep the cost low during production.

It is important for a brand to choose the right contract manufacturers to work with.
 



Photo: HCT Group, a contract manufacturer in the beauty & personal care industry

Gravel AI - World’s Largest Contract Manufacturer Database


Gravel AI has the world’s largest database on contract manufacturers in the beauty and personal care industry.

It is constantly updated and covers the broadest set of manufacturers and applications:

  • 600+ global contract manufacturers
  • 100+ product type / applications
  • 20+ geographical locations
  • 2500+ beauty brands using the contract manufacturers (real linkages)
  • 50,000+ ingredients used by the contract manufacturers (filterable)

You can also filter the contract manufacturers by applications, ingredients.

It also tracks which brand uses which contract manufacturers, so you can choose credible contract manufacturers you’d like to work with.

How to view all contract manufacturers

You can view a long list of contract manufacturers in Gravel AI’S Contract Manufacturer Deep Dive tool.


Simply select a name you already know - for example, Aircos, and see which beauty brands Aircos works with.


For example, Aircos is the contract manufacturer of beauty brands such as Benefit Cosmetics, Hourglass, La Bouche Rouge, Laura Mercier.

Clicking into a brand, for example, Benefit Cosmetics, will take you to Gravel AI’s Beauty Brand Deep Dive Tool, where you can see other contract manufacturers Benefit Cosmetics is working with.

Click here to find out more about Beauty Brands Deep Dive Tool.

How to filter contract manufacturers by product type



With Gravel AI, you can also filter contract manufacturers by the type of beauty products they produce.

Each contract manufacturer has their own expertise. For example, Gotha Cosmetics specialises in makeup, and HILAB specialises in shampoos.

Brands can diversify their production risk by knowing which contract manufacturers they can go for as backup.

This is particularly important for niche product types, like intimate hygiene products.

The Contract Manufacturers by Ingredient tool allows you to do exactly this.

Filter by shampoo, and you’ll see a list of contract manufacturers that produce shampoos, and the list of brands that use them.

Gravel AI also displays the number of consumer reviews received by each brand, so you can gauge their commercial success.

How to filter contract manufacturers by ingredients used



With Gravel AI, you can also filter contract manufacturers by the ingredients they are already using.

This is important because in most cases, there is minimum batch size when ordering ingredients.

It also takes expertise to understand how an ingredient can be formulated. If a contract manufacturer is already using an ingredient, it means it already has this formulation expertise.

Therefore, it is much easier to work with a contract manufacturer that already uses a specific ingredient. Each contract manufacturer has their own expertise.

In Gravel AI, you can easily filter contract manufacturers by ingredients they use. First of all, enter an ingredient in the ingredient filter, e.g. hyaluronic acid.


With a simple click, you can see which contract manufacturers use hyaluronic acid, and for which brands.

How to filter contract manufacturers by marketing claims



Sometimes, a brand wants to find contract manufacturers that produce ‘natural’, ‘organic’ or ‘bio-based’ products.

You may also want to find contract manufacturers that focus on ‘hyperpigmentation’ or ‘scale care’.

Gravel AI’s contract manufacturer database helps you filter by market claims used.

Simply type a marketing claim, such as ‘natural’, into the search box.

You’ll now see a list of contract manufacturers that have worked with brands or products that have ‘natural’ in their product descriptions.

How to filter contract manufacturers by headquarters location

Gravel AI’s contract manufacturers database also allows you to filter contract manufacturers by their headquarters’ location.

Note that this is the location of the contract manufacturer / OEM’s headquarter, and not the location of their production factories.

For example, Schwan Cosmetics has a factory in Germany and one in Poland. Its headquarters will be stated as Germany.

To use this filter, select a country in the ‘OEM Headquarters’, such as USA.

You’ll then see a list of contract manufacturers with headquarters in the USA, such as Bright Innovation Labs, Autumn Harp, Englewood Lab, and Port Jervis Laboratories.

Conclusion

Gravel AI has the most complete and advanced contract manufacturers database in the world, for the beauty and personal care industry.

It has the largest coverage of contract manufacturers / OEMs and allows you to filter by product type, ingredient used, marketing claims, and OEMs headquarter locations.

Interested in finding out more? Book a demo today.

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