Cawarra Cosmetics has grown from humble beginnings in Sydney more than 40 years ago, with the industry-leading certified organic manufacturer now based in the Byron Bay hinterland. Founders Greg and Jicky Milham have handed over managerial duties to their daughter Katrina Main, who leads a team offering contract manufacturing services for natural and certified organic skincare, haircare and other personal care items.
The Billinudgel-based company is dedicated to servicing the growing number of organic brands in the area, with hundreds of products manufactured at the facility. Cawarra’s manufacturing complex became one of the country’s first certified organic cosmetic facilities in the early 2000s, and their values haven’t changed since these days. “Truth within labelling” is the guiding principle at Cawarra Cosmetics, with the team always striving to care for skin, care for people and care for the environment.
Cawarra possess a deep understanding of their consumer’s needs, having conducted regular surveys to analyse purchasing behaviors. Recent research found that certified organic status is the third most important consideration for prospective buyers, only trailing behind Australian Made guarantees and active ingredient composition.
Cawarra have used their manufacturing expertise to launch their own organic skincare brands; Sanctum, organicspa and Byron Bay Skincare (BBSC). Their products use highly active natural ingredients, with a commitment to constant research and development enabling them to offer the finest products to their customers. Cawarra are always on the lookout for high-quality raw ingredients and can’t get enough certified organic macadamia oil through their doors!
A lot of care is taken with the product development process at Cawarra. Entrepreneurs should allow for a minimum of six months from initial enquiry through to the finished product. This period encompasses R&D and chemist review, packaging, confirmation, completion and delivery.
The Cawarra team are serious about consumer confidence and accreditation, with regular audits from independent bodies carried out. Beyond ACO certification, Cawarra also follow Cosmetics Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), support the Australian Made Campaign, are Choose Cruelty Free and Leaping Bunny accredited and much more.
If you’re interested in Cawarra’s organic skincare manufacturing services (or if you’re a producer of certified organic macadamia oil!), you can reach out to the team via [email protected] or else visit their website.