Our primary goals for this application center are to develop starting formulas for the skin care, hair care, and nail care markets while assisting customers with existing formulas or the development of new formulas.

We offer a wide range of lab capabilities, including:

  • Application assistance
  • Formulation advice
  • Raw material and ingredient recommendations
  • Starting point formulas


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Personal Care Application & Development Center Preview

In less than 60 seconds, you will get a sneak peek into the Personal Care Center in Allentown, PA. The center is committed to provide tailor-made formulations and solutions with the following ingredient categories:

  • Actives
  • Emollients
  • Emulsifiers
  • Natural Oils
  • Preservatives
  • Silicones
  • UV Filters
Flower petal moisture lotion

Offering over 100 personal care formulations

Each year, the personal care lab debuts new hair care, skin care, and cosmetic prototypes. These prototypes serve to showcase trends in the personal care market, as well as unique uses for ingredients available at Brenntag.

The prototypes contain:

  • Finished starter formulas that highlight ingredients from all of our suppliers
  • Formulary cards for each prototype

Note: Prototypes undergo stability testing at 40oC for a period of three months. These prototypes
are also intended for use as starting formulas only and may be altered or modified as needed.

Here's a sneak peak of our formulation prototypes:

Brenntag's AquaRose Hydrating Gelee
Brenntag's cleansing powder
Brenntag's blow out primer
Brenntag's cosmetic powder

Meet our team of Personal Care Chemists

Christina Dean, Personal Care Application Lab Director

Christina Dean

Application & Development Center Director

Christina leads the Personal Care Innovation Center with over 20 years of industry experience. She has been with Brenntag Specialties since 2007 providing technical support on our extensive portfolio of ingredients and creating innovative prototype formulations that showcase the newest ingredients and latest trends. Christina also creates technical marketing and training literature, and offers technical advice to our sales team, principles, and customers. Her knowledge and experience have greatly benefited Brenntag’s growth into the personal care market.

Terri Winters, Personal Care Senior Chemist

Terri Winters

Senior Chemist

Terri has over 20 years experience in the personal care industry and has been with Brenntag Specialties since 2017. She has formulated for the skin care, hair hare, and color cosmetic markets. As a member of the Personal Care Research & Development team, she develops prototypes highlighting Brenntag’s materials and provides technical support both within Brenntag and to external customers.

Christina Dean formulating in Brenntag's Personal Care lab

Safety and technical standards at the forefront of our formulations

Given the ubiquitous nature of cosmetic products today, safety and technical standards are an increasingly important issue for the industry. Brenntag Personal Care works closely with suppliers to ensure ingredients are safe and reliable, and our supply-chain is completely transparent.

Personal care industry chemicals have always been under scrutiny by organizations and environmental safety groups. While we applaud community efforts to maintain strong safety standards in personal care chemical distribution and use, we understand it can cause concern for those in the industry. You don’t want an innocent mistake to bring about costly fines or unwanted media attention. Our commitment to safety and to understanding industry safety requirements and standards is yet another major benefit of partnering with Brenntag.


Natural products are a trend that will only grow in importance as consumers become more savvy about the ingredients they eat as well as what they put on their skin and hair.

We plan to be at the forefront of the natural market segment by offering customers novel natural ingredients and assistance in formulating with them.

Natural Products Guide (PDF, 3 MB)


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