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Who Makes Your Hand Cream?

Melissa Marsden

Let’s say you’re in the market for some new skin care products. Have you ever wondered if there is a difference between big brand skincare versus products from a local small business? Decisions like these matter more than ever as we consider values such as fair-trade and sustainability to be important. These factors can be significantly different between companies.

Big brands  may be easier to come across and their price point may be lower compared to a local brand. This is usually because of economies of scale but also means mass-manufacturing which can lead to lower quality control. When shopping online some of these bigger companies may be able to offer free, speedy shipping; however, shopping from global brands can mean outsourced supplies and ingredients which may have a negative impact on the local economy.

If you choose to shop local there are a few pros and cons to consider as well. Buying local means you are helping support a company that is creating income and jobs in your neighborhood. Smaller businesses tend to be more hands on during the manufacturing process, which leaves less room for errors when it comes to quality control.  Buying local can encourage better innovative products; in this case it means that local businesses are more likely to create products that are designed for a specific community and its unique needs.  There are a few cons to shopping local too. When shopping locally the availability of a product can be limited to where you can buy it and generally  come with a slightly higher price tag as these businesses do not have the capital to purchase in significant bulk quantities.

Hopefully these tips will help you make an informed decision.

Gloves In A Bottle is manufactured right here in California, USA and is a family-owned business. All operations such as Product Development and Sales and Marketing all happen under the same roof with a close team of employees who are dedicated to creating quality products.

“We have the flexibility to make changes and improvements to keep up with consumer needs and demand,” says founder Dan Mueller.

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