The 4 Hidden Costs of Starting a Skincare Line

The 4 Hidden Costs of Starting a Skincare Line

Thinking of creating your own label of skincare, health, or beauty products? We couldn’t be more on board with that idea. 

The cosmetology, beauty, and esthetics markets are always booming with brand new, exciting products, and as a company that provides end-to-end solutions for finely crafted skincare and beauty lines, we’re always thrilled to have a hand in formulating new products for clients. 

That being said, it’s important to realize that starting a skincare line isn’t as one-and-done as it might seem at first glance. Of course, having a great idea for a skincare line is the perfect start—but it takes more than just a shimmering new product to create an effective brand with quality products.

It takes ingenuity, research, custom formulation, modern solutions, packaging, and beyond. 

And importantly, it takes money, too. 

We’re never here to discourage anyone from chasing after their dreams—especially when it comes to creating top-of-the-line skincare products and regimens. But we are here to provide much-needed insight on how to make that happen, and part of that is laying out the realities of creating a skincare line. 

One of those realities? The costs associated with it. 

If you’re considering creating your own line, this article is a great starting point to help you think about the big picture and the nitty-gritty so you can begin to adequately prepare and fund your dream.

The Hidden Costs of Starting a Skincare Line—What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

Unfortunately, the brainstorming period where you come up with brilliant ideas for your skincare line isn’t the end-all-be-all—there’s still a lot of factors (costs included) to get you from point A to point B. The good news? Spa De Soleil can provide you with the end-to-end solutions you need to take your skincare, body care, hair care, or any personal care line from conception to completion.

Still, it’s important to understand where the costs come from for these types of beauty lines—and we’re here to help outline that.

Research & Development

The idea for your beauty line might be brilliant, but how can you know for sure? It takes research, development, studies, and resources from experts to determine what works and why it works. Research and development aren’t just a should sort of step in skincare—it’s a must. 

You’ll need the science-backed data from verified professionals who have spent decades in their field. Take it from experts who have been in the business for nearly 30 years (that’s us)—this is a step you can’t skip.


Coming up with a custom formulation is no small feat, and it’s certainly a more challenging (and sometimes expensive) process if you’re looking for a totally unique formula with distinct specializations, such as certified organic, OTC personal care, all-natural, and beyond. 

You’ll want to ensure that you’re seeking a quality formulation above all that’s created by experts in the industry who provide end-to-end research and development alongside one-of-a-kind custom formulation. As a company that’s been in this industry for 30 years, successfully creating unique formulas for a variety of skincare, health, wellness, beauty lines, and beyond, we know what goes into creating your custom formula—no matter what your skincare line vision might be. We also have thousands of already developed formulations that might just meet your needs, helping skip over the formulation part. We always encourage our clients to sort through our formula library first, just in case!

Premium Packaging Sourcing

Packaging is about more than just a pretty exterior. Coming up with your unique, customized packaging is essential in delivering your brand story and esthetic to your audience. You’ll need to determine if your packaging aligns with your branding, your marketing goals, your sustainability goals, and beyond. 

Seeking a network of dependable and industry-leading connections can ultimately save you a large amount of money—otherwise, you’re stuck feeling out potential partners, going through dozens of iterations to get your packaging just right, and potentially making costly corrections as the result of mistakes that come from working with a team you don’t know or trust. 

We have over thirty years of experience in sourcing custom packaging and streamlining the process. Our goal is to make the process as smooth and as seamless as possible.

Regulations & Compliance

The ins and outs of compliance and regulation can be costly—especially if you’re making mistakes as you go. And of course, making claims about your product that don’t align with compliance laws and regulations can end up costing you even more than you might be prepared to pay. 

The solution to curbing these potentially explosive costs? Working with experts who know the processes of working to facilitate PET, Stability, RIPT, packaging compatibility, and other regulatory requirements for each and every custom formulation out there.

Spa De Soleil, Your Trusted Skincare and Beauty Manufacturer

The good news about all of this? You don’t have to do this on your own. When you team up with a top-notch company that has spent three decades meticulously crafting custom solutions for private skincare labels and beauty entrepreneurs like you, you can rely on the cost-saving expertise, customized approaches, and guidance that you need to succeed.  

At Spa De Soleil, we offer one-of-a-kind product formulation and material sourcing to label design and expert compliance guidance. Spa De Soleil offers brands and businesses the support, guidance, and expertise needed to mindfully navigate the private label cosmetics and private label skincare world. 

Ready to connect with our expert team? We’re ready to help you. Reach out to us with questions, visions, and ambitions, and watch as we work together to turn your dream skincare line into a reality.

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