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Is personal care ingredient distributor Acme-Hardesty a barometer of change in the beauty industry?

By Deanna Utroske

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Acme-Hardesty has been in business for decades as an industry agnostic oleochemical distributor. Now, as the global economy changes and beauty leans further toward naturals, the company has reorganized to better serve cosmetics and personal care makers. And, their ingredient-supply partners are adjusting their businesses models too.

At this month’s in-cosmetics North America​ tradeshow in New York City, Acme-Hardesty was talking with clients about their new dedicated beauty division, as well as new ingredient technologies from around the world.

Here, in conversation with Cosmetics Design editor Deanna Utroske, Caren Dres-Hajeski, the company’s director of personal care, explains Acme-Hardesty’s decision to reorganize its business and highlights some their newest ingredient offerings.

“We brought on a company out of Brazil called Citróleo,” ​says Dres-Hajeski, describing one of the distributor’s new partners. “Citróleo manufactures Brazilian products from the Amazon region, 100% natural, unrefined butters and oils and some active materials.”

Changes in the industry mean that Acme-Hardesty is not only working with new suppliers, but also that some of these suppliers are expanding into personal care for the first time, while other (long-standing) partners are refreshing their portfolios to meet the demands of free-from and natural formulations.

Watch the full video interview above to learn more.



Deanna Utroske, Editor, covers beauty business news in the Americas region and publishes the weekly Indie Beauty Profile column, showcasing the inspiring work of entrepreneurs and innovative brands.

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