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Product Development, Custom & Contract Manufacturing of Personal Care Cosmetics & Cosmeceuticals, Skin & Hair Products, Toiletries, Natural & Organic Products, Topical OTC Pharmaceuticals, Pet Treatment & Grooming Aids, and Chemical Specialties

Libby Laboratories Facilities

Design & Development:

  • Full service laboratory to design & develop unique custom formulations.
  • Database of over 14,000 formulations to use as background in developing custom products.
  • All ingredients used by our R & D chemists are quality control tested and approved.  Libby Laboratories R & D chemists have from 15 – 40 years of experience in cosmetic formulation. 
  • Formulas can be developed from an idea or description of the type of product, matching the properties and aesthetics of another product, or using a formula that the customer has had developed elsewhere.
  • Preservative effectiveness testing is done in-house by our qualified microbiologist who has over 17 years of experience in cosmetic preservation.
  • Room temperature and elevated temperature stability studies are performed on formulations by our chemists.

Production Control:

  • Computerized database for tracking raw materials, packaging materials, and order information.
  • Double checking of batch calculations and weighing to assure correct materials and weights are used.
  • GMP procedures for records, documentation, and tracking of all materials and products.
  • Incoming quality control on all raw materials and packaging materials is performed under GMP guidelines.


  • 30,000 square foot facilities to design, develop and manufacture custom personal care cosmetics, cosmeceuticals, and topical OTC products. 
  • Manufacturing equipment capacity ranges from 20 gallons to 1000 gallons. Larger quantities are produced by multiple batches. 
  • Manufacturing vessels are made of FDA approved grades of stainless steel.  These vessels have heating & cooling capabilities and use variable speed propeller mixing or in-line homogenization. 
  • Other equipment includes colloid mills, planetary mixer, various sanitary pumps for transfer of products, digital scales for measurement, and filtration equipment.
  • Chilling and filtration equipment for perfumes & colognes.


  • Packaging capabilities include semi-automatic controlled filling of glass, plastic, or metal containers from 0.3 ounces to gallons.
  • High speed automated bottle filling for larger volume.
  • High speed tube filling of plastic, or laminate tubes.
  • Hot product (e.g. balms, ointments, lip glosses) filling into glass, plastic, or metal jars, tubs or tins.
  • Semi-automated powder filling and other miscellaneous filling capabilities.
  • Automatic capping equipment.
  • Wrap around labeling equipment and shrink bands for tamper evident seals.
  • Non-contact ink-jet coding, label imprinting, and carton stenciling.

Quality Control:

  • Testing of all incoming raw materials, fragrances, packaging materials, and labeling materials to assure identity and consistent quality.
  • Quality control personnel are responsible for all in-process checks, adjustments, and color matching.
  • Quality control tests all manufactured products using various methods such as pH, viscosity, moisture determination, and various other tests.
  • In-house microbiological testing of all products prior to filling.
  • Assay of actives by various methods including volumetric titrations, UV scanning, and HPLC testing
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