Stephenson, the personal care ingredients manufacturer, is expanding its distribution network via a new partnership with UK-based natural oils and ingredients supplier O&3.
As consumer demand for natural oil-based ingredients continues to grow, Stephenson hopes to benefit from O&3's 40 years of heritage and knowledge in the sector to develop new products, according to the company.
Meanwhile, Stephenson will provide O&3 with a variety of its soap base products, which can be used to create both liquid and bar soaps.
Thomas Kerfoot, co-founder of O&3 alongside siblings Jennifer and Eleanor – known as the 'Oil Family' – said : “We want to offer our customers the right balance of product and expertise. Stephenson’s range and commitment to innovation aligns to those needs.”
O&3 currently offers a wide portfolio of more than 500 natural oils, butters, waxes, exfoliants, infusions and essential oils.
Now, its customers will also be able to choose from a selection of Stephenson products, including its Crystal Melt & Pour range, which features its best selling Crystal ST, a vegetable-based base used for creating clear bar soaps; Crystal WST, an opaque white variant; Crystal Goat's Milk, made with goat's milk ; and Crystal OMP, which features certified organic ingredients.
Richard Musgrave, Marketing Manager at Stephenson, added: “We are delighted to work with Thomas and the team at O&3 and are looking forward to combining our skills and expertise.”
Founded in 1856 in Yorkshire, UK, Stephenson supplies products for personal care brands worldwide and has twice received a Queen's Award for Export.