Personal care at Acme-Hardesty expands with new pigments and rheological additives

By Deanna Utroske

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© Getty Images / (Dome Studio)
© Getty Images / (Dome Studio)
At the start of the year, the oleochemical distributor announced a new partnership with effect pigments company Eckart. For Acme-Hardesty, it’s the latest deal in an ongoing strategy to bolster the company’s newly specialized personal care ingredients division.

In 2018 Acme-Hardesty moved to reorganize its business into more market-specific divisions. As part of that reorg, in May, the company invited Caren Dres-Hajeski to join as business unit director for Acme-Hardesty’s new personal care division. “As we continue to invest and grow in the Personal Care market, it is outstanding to have someone with Caren’s skills, experience and knowledge to lead our efforts,”​ commented president Jeff Kenton, at the time of her hire.

Discussing the company’s updates and her early work to help Acme-Hardesty better serve personal care and cosmetics makers, Dres-Hajeski told Cosmetics Design at in-cosmetics North America​, “We brought on a company out of Brazil called Citróleo, [which] manufacturers Brazilian products from the Amazon region, 100% natural, unrefined butters and oils and some active materials.” ​Learn more about Acme-Hardesty’s personal care division in this Cosmetics Design video interview with Dres-Hajeski​.

A new partnership

The newly announced partnership with Eckart expands the Acme-Hardesty personal care business: “Eckart offers a variety of pigments and rheological additives that will be a wonderful complement to our existing personal care portfolio,”​ explains Dres-Hajeski, in a media release about the deal.

“Eckart’s expansive offering paired with our current portfolio, further broadens our reach in the cosmetic industry and allows us to bring more value to our customers,” ​she says.

Eckart is known for its metallic pigments, including synthetic micas, calcium sodium borosilicate pigments, metallics developed especially for use in nail color products, as well as fillers made of synthetic fluorphlogopite and polypropylene wax.

A new distributor

For Eckart, a company that serves insutries as diverse as coatings, printing, plastics, building materials, etc., the deal means distribution to personal care and beauty makers in the US (Eckart and BYK product lines) and Canada (BYK only).

“I am impressed with Acme-Hardesty’s professionalism and dedicated technical sales people that will enhance our strong commitment to the market,”​ says Amy Marshall, sales manager of cosmetics for Eckart America Corporation, in the media release. “Eckart’s core values is aligned with Acme-Hardesty’s to deliver value and technical support to the market,” ​adds Marshall.



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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