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Technical Section

This section contains the MSDS sheets, Analysis sheets and more.  Plus information about our products and the cosmetic world.


What Happens When You Place an Order

Monday, 2 January 2017 11:15

You've hit the CONFIRM button  to place an order - so what happens now?

The order is entered in our website and within minutes is transferred over to our warehouse management system which sits on a different piece of software.  

All of our products have barcodes which record their location in the warehouse.

The warehouse management system automatically checks the items' availability and location in the warehouse and loads the order into the scanners ready for picking by one of the warehouse team.

The order is printed out and the main barcode on the invoice is scanned by the JAS picker.

The order can now be picked.  All the items are shown on the scanning device telling the JAS picker where to go in the warehouse to pick them and how many to pick and put in the picking crate.

The crate containing the order items is then taken to the packing area.

The JAS packer scans the barcodes of each item, just like in a supermarket, which checks that each item is in the order.  We also video each pack scan so we can be sure that nothing has been overlooked.

Once all the items have been packed,  the scanner will tell the JAS packer that the order is finished.

The items are packed in the box and sealed.  Once tap of the mouse and the correct courier label is printed out and ready to applied to the box.  

Done - just ready for it to be collected by the courier later on in the day.

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PIF - what do I need to do?

Monday, 2 January 2017 11:16

So what is a PIF, why do I need one and how do I make it?

If you are selling your cosmetic products then one of the requirements is that you produce a Product Information File (PIF) for each recipe/product that you make.

It needs to be established before you start selling your products, as it is basically a record of how you made them.  Think of it like a big file that you just keep adding to.

It needs to be kept by the Responsible Person (typically the business owner/manufacturer) at an EU address and it can be electronic or any other format.  It needs to be easily accessible and should be kept for 10 years after the last batch of products has been made.

So what do you need to include in your PIF?

  • a description of your product - what is it?  an example would be a Strawberry Soap
  • the CPSR - the Cosmetic Product Safety Report.  This will be provided by the Safety Assessor and is made up of the Part A Safety Information, and part B the Safety Assessment.
  • How did you manufacture your product.  This will probably be the same each time and includes a description of what you did.  eg, I melted my clear soap base at xx deg C using a microwave/double boiler.  Once it had fully melted I added xx ml of named fragrance/essential oil etc etc.
  • evidence of following GMP - we have another section about GMP  which explains this fully.  But you need to be able to show that you have followed these principles.
  • have you made any claims about product?  are you saying it will banish wrinkles for example.  If you are  - then you need to prove it.
  • data on animal testing.  You will need to confirm that your products have not been tested on animals.  As Animal Testing on finished products and their respective ingredients has been banned in the EU since 2009 this should not be a problem.  Any supplier will be able to provide you with a statement confirming they do not test on animals.  Our statement can be downloaded here.

So you can record the data in a spreadsheet, in a document or a hand written book.  It is entirely your choice.  A spreadsheet is a good idea for recording the making of the product as you can accurately record quantities and amounts.

Remember it is a file that you will be constantly adding to.  Each batch of a product that you make needs to be documented and recorded. Why not start with a ring binder that you can put your pieces of paper in. Then you will know where everything is...

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Epsom Salt Grades - what do they mean?

Monday, 2 January 2017 11:17

What do these grades of Epsom Salt actually mean?

You've seen them on the internet - medical grade, food grade, garden grade?  Do they exist?

 I read about the "official" epsom salts today and I'm pretty sure there is no official brand.

Let's explain what we offer.

K&S Kali who supply our Epsom Salts provide three grades of Epsom:

  • Pharmaceutical grade - the highest grade you can get.  Supplied to the medical world for applications such as infusions, antibiotics, dialysis solutions. It would be highly unlikely that you could buy this grade on the high street. 
  • FCC grade - this is the grade you typically see for sale as a bath product.  It was previously known as BP grade, but you will see that on the 25kg bags it is now known as FCC grade.  This is the ONLY grade that we supply.
  • Technical grade - this grade is used by agriculture for crops, in industry for many applications such as loft insulation. Usually it would be the grade that it is for sale in garden centres for gardening applications (unless otherwise labelled).

Remember we only stock the FCC grade and it is only supplied from K&S Kali, the biggest supplier of Epsom Salts in Europe.  Plus they are the ONLY supplier in Europe who still mine the Epsom Salt.  It is not chemically manufactured making it pure and simple.

 

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