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How to Find China Cosmetic Ingredient Manufacturers?

How to Find China Cosmetic Ingredient Manufacturers?

China produces almost 80% of Cosmetic Ingredient in the world. In total, 108 new cosmetic ingredients have obtained NMPA numbers, with 75 made in China produced and 33 imported. Overall, the number of filed new ingredients is rising, particularly for made in China ingredients. The number of made in China produced new cosmetic ingredients subject to filing in 2023 has far exceeded the total number for 2022. China Cosmetic Ingredient Manufacturers are popular for their low-cost labor and also increasing product quality.

In this article, I’ll analyze the Ingredient industry in China and share some information about importing Cosmetic Ingredient from China. I bet you’ll benefit a lot.


1. Analysis of Cosmetic Ingredient in China

The Cosmetic Ingredient industrial clusters in China mainly gather around the Xi’AN and Shan Dong. If you want to import Cosmetic Ingredient from China, I recommend you to cooperate with suppliers located at the industrial clusters. Why?

There are mainly three advantages to wholesale Cosmetic Ingredient from Chinese factories located in industrial clusters.


Lower Purchasing Costs

China has abundant and cheap labor. Thus, Cosmetic Ingredient factories in China can offer you a better price for the products. The whole cost is lower to cooperate with Chinese Cosmetic Ingredient manufacturers even if you add the shipping fees and customs tax.

Moreover, you can have more price choices and select a more competitive one as there are many similar manufacturers in the same district.


More Advanced Equipment

Generally speaking, the machinery and equipment of suppliers in the industrial belt are definitely at the forefront of the industry. Therefore, they can meet your requirements of the Cosmetic application better.


High Efficiency to Customize

Cooperating with manufacturers will be more efficient especially when you need customization. Wholesale Cosmetic Ingredient, manufacturers in China usually have a professional research and development team. Hence, you can tell your product idea to them directly, and then they can help you design and produce.


In contrast, if you work with trading companies, you need to tell your ideas to them, and then they can convey your ideas to the cosmetic Ingredient factories. It’s time-consuming to reach the agreement for the product detail, and you may cause some misunderstanding about the formula.


2. Where to Find China Cosmetic Ingredient Manufacturers?

When it comes to finding China Cosmetic Ingredient manufacturers, there are different channels for you to choose from. You can select the most suitable way based on your business.

  • Made in China
  • Alibaba
  • DHgate
  • Trade fairs
  • AliExpress
  • Sourcing Agent

The commonly-used platforms include Alibaba, DHgate, AliExpress, Made in China, Global Sources, etc. I will list two of them, Alibaba and Made in China.



Alibaba is one of the largest B2B e-commerce platforms in China. You can buy various cosmetic Ingredient on the platform at a very competitive price. If you want to find custom cosmetic Ingredient manufacturers in China, Alibaba is a good place.


However, there are also many trading companies on Alibaba, which may declare they’re factories. So you should learn to identify them. Here are two solutions to check whether the supplier is a factory or a trader.


First, if you find a supplier who only focuses on a certain category, then it is a cosmetic Ingredient manufacturer. While in the picture below, you can notice that the products on the website include food additives and beauty products, so the supplier is more like a trader than a factory.


Besides, most cosmetic Ingredient manufacturers on Alibaba usually will set a high MOQ to ensure their profit. While traders may set a MOQ as low as just dozens for products in stock.




Made in China

If you just want to find China cosmetic ingredient manufacturers with small quantities, Made in China is a suitable website you can choose. You can also find many Chinese cosmetic ingredient factories on it, and the requirement of MOQ on Made in China is lower than on Alibaba. Before using it, please learn some tips for safe buying on it.


Sourcing Agent

Apart from the above online platforms, you can also consider cooperating with a China sourcing agent. And you can find China sourcing agents by searching on Google or search on some freelancing websites like Upwork and Fiverr.


Sourcing agents can help you find more China cosmetic ingredient manufacturers, which you can hardly find on wholesale websites. Moreover, they can help you follow up the production, inspect product quality, arrange the shipment, etc.


We’re Maxmedchem, a leading biosynthetic products company in Xi’AN. With abundant cosmetic ingredient factory resources around, we can help you source and customize APIs, Pharma Intermediates, Cosmetic Ingredients, and functional, etc.


Trade Fairs

If you have enough time and budget, it is a recommended way to attend Chinese fairs. At fairs, you can have a face-to-face talk with China cosmetic ingredient suppliers, which is beneficial for you to judge whether the supplier can meet your demands well.


Generally, the suppliers attending fairs are experienced, and you can find many cosmetic ingredient factories that don’t have an e-commerce store on online platforms.


Canton fair is the most recommended one, and it will be held twice every year. It includes 3 phases every time, China wholesale cosmetic ingredient suppliers will attend the fair on the third phase, usually every May and November.


3. How to Customize Cosmetic Ingredient with China Manufacturers?

There are mainly 5 steps to customize and private label Cosmetic Ingredient from China Ingredient manufacturers:


Send your samples

Tell your customization requirements for product to several suppliers( at least 2-3 suppliers) or show them your sample function. You can send the customization Cosmetic formula to the China Cosmetic Ingredient supplier directly.


Confirm the details and get a quotation

Communicate with factories about the cosmetic Ingredient, then select the most suitable one to cooperate with according to their quotation, COA communication, etc.


Make a pre-production sample

After you choose a factory, the factory will send a sample for you to check the specification, In general, the supplier will charge the fees for the sample. And after you place an order, the sample fee will be refunded.


Arrange mass production

Then, the factory will source the required of cosmetic ingredient and start the mass production.


Quality inspection & arrange shipment

After finishing the mass production, PQQ Powder Quality Control VS Quality Assurance.


4. How do I Register New Cosmetic Ingredient in China?

Companies in China can apply for the registration or filing of new cosmetic ingredients directly or appoint a local agent as a technical provider to do so. Foreign companies must appoint a domestic responsible person to apply for the registration or filing of new cosmetic ingredient.


5. Do Cosmetic Companies have to List all Ingredients?

FDA requires cosmetics to have an “ingredient declaration,” a list of all the product’s ingredients. FDA requires this labeling under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA).


Source of Ingredients

Under the declaration and review system, there are six types of sources of new ingredients, these are:

  • Chemical ingredients
  • Biotechnological ingredients
  • Botanical ingredients
  • Animal-derived ingredients
  • Mineral ingredients
  • Hydrolyzed ingredients



Main Purposes of Use

The purpose of use includes but is not limited to skin protectants, moisturizers, antioxidants, hair conditioning agents, film formers, anti-wrinkle agents, sensory modifiers, thickeners, etc. The purpose of skin protection, moisturization, and antioxidation account for more than half of the new ingredients.




To the End

I hope you can benefit from my post, and get the knowledge you need. If you think the post is helpful, welcome to share it with others. Besides, if you have any questions, feel free to share them with us by leaving a comment.

We’re Maxmedchem, a China factory. If you want to wholesale and customize cosmetic ingredient, feel free to CONTACT US.


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