The design lab

The design lab

“From design concept, to completion”

Le-Sel Research’s "New Product Development" team provides a professional creative service to clients in the retail and private label industry. Uniquely offering a full turn-key service from concept and design through to sourcing and completion.

The design:lab is a standard service offered to our core customers, but now also available to customers that do not produce with Le-Sel Research.

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Research and Development

Research and Development

Our top tier formulation, stability testing and safety testing provide a strong base for private label products. We carry all relevant accreditations required in product design for the industry we serve and have an established and extensive range of design and products (and innovations) in the marketplace.

Our top tier product formulation, stability testing and safety testing provide a strong base for private label products. We carry all relevant accreditations required in product design for the industry we serve and have an established and extensive range of design and products (and innovations) in the marketplace.

In selecting the right creative design for your product, Le-Sel Research employs a dedicated creative team, a committee of 3, utilizing storyboard, flat designs and mock-ups, with access to our packaging library, insight into our gifting and fragrances libraries, able to provide the client with all the expertise in bringing new and exciting products to market.

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Dedicated Specialist teams

Specialist teams

Across Le-Sel Research we have specialists dedicated to ensuring all needs are met for a client. This may encompass anything from full concept to completion, execute only projects and even machinery transferral.

  • Dedicated Project Managers to Manage:
    • New Product/Range Development – from Turn-key to Execute-only projects
    • Line Extensions Development – from Turn-Key to Execute-Only Projects
    • New Capability and/or Equipment Installation
  • Dedicated Key Account Managers to Manage:
    • Order/Supply delivery
    • Material availability
    • Relations and Communications
  • A Commercial Team to Drive:
    • Product Costing and Quoting
    • Annual Cost Saving Projects
    • Updating and managing of Quarterly negotiated Material Pricing
    • Procurement and management of supplied materials
  • A Technical Team to Manage:
    • Technical validations of product make and fill
    • Specific Quality Requirements
    • Technical validation of machinery

A true and full concept-to-completion solution.

Product Offering

Product Offering

Le-Sel Research’s vast range of manufacturing and production capabilities allows a very wide array of items and kinds of product on offer. Complimented by our design laboratory, R&D facilities and specialists, we are able to offer the following range of product types:

Aerosols

  • Body spray
  • Body mist
  • Toilet Spray
  • Air freshener
  • Antiperspirant
  • Mousse
  • Hair spray
  • Shave foam
  • Shave gel

Liquids (toiletry & cosmetics)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair Gel
  • Roll-on
  • Body wash
  • Body spritz
  • Spritz
  • Hand soap
  • Face Wash
  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Foam Bath
  • Mask
  • Shower Gel
  • Bath Oil
  • Bath Milk
  • Foam Bath oil
  • Cream Bath
  • Two-phase oil & milk
  • Spray oil
  • Massage oil
  • Baby oil
  • Tissue oil
  • Foot spray
  • Hair-Remover
  • Mouth Wash

Creams & lotions

  • Body Milk
  • Body cream
  • Body butter
  • Cream body scrub
  • Moisture cream
  • Conditioner milk
  • Hand & Body lotion
  • Moisture lotion
  • Moisture Gel
  • Eye cream & gel
  • Day/Night cream
  • Masque
  • Cleanser
  • Balm
  • Foot balm
  • Foot scrub
  • Foot butter
  • Hand & Nail cream
  • Camphor cream
  • Hair food
  • Aqueous cream
  • Vanishing cream
  • Depilatory cream
  • Shaving cream

Powders

  • Talc um powder
  • Baby powder
  • Foot powder

Tubes

  • Gels
  • Creams
  • Scrubs
  • Toothpastes

Perfumes & fragrances

  • After shave
  • Body Spritz
  • Perfumes (EDT & EDP)
  • Solid Fragrance
  • Fine Fragrance

Household

  • Fabric Softener – Standard & refill packs
  • Dishwashing liquid - Standard & refill packs
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • All non-aggressive household liquids & cleaners

Ethnic haircare

  • Relaxer & Hair food
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Braid & Weave Care
  • Retail & Salon Size

Gifting & promo kitting

  • Specialist gift packs with multiple sku’s
  • Relaxer Kits
  • Sample Kits
  • Solid Fragrance
  • Promo Packing

Selecting a third-party contractor

Selecting a contractor

Selecting a contractor

Selecting the correct 3rd-party contractor often makes the difference between success and failure of the brand. Contractors are often selected based on merely 1 or 2 criteria of which cost is often the only significant driver.

The reality, however, is that there are a large number of non-negotiable criteria that should be accounted for when deciding upon a 3rd-party manufacturing or packaging contractor.

In today’s market the ability to financially sustain volume throughput and deliveries, the correct implementation of quality programmes and various other conformances to standards set by industry (for a very good reason) in the local business climate, all are exceptionally important to ensure full quantity, efficiency and quality of supply.

A fairly standard balanced scorecard that should be used when doing a comparison is provided here.

It is our view that less than 80% achievement in any one of the categories should result in immediate negation of that contractor, and indeed how we apply selection when evaluating our contractors.

Supplier selection weighted scorecard

Weighted scorecard

Supplier selection weighted scorecard: