COSMETIA - Σακελλαρίου ΑΒΕΕ
Our company COSMETIA SAKELLARIOU S.A. is a family-owned cosmetic manufacturing company,
established in 1985 in Athens, Greece. Develops, produces, and merchandizes cosmetics of all types and forms under the brand names of LEE HATTON®, RONA ROSS®, LEONA LESTER® and GREENYARD® which are property elements of the company.
Our leading team is consisted by:
> Lefteris Sakellariou - President
> Roula Sakellariou - Vice President
> Elina Sakellariou - Marketing/Sales/Auditing (BSc Mathematics | MSc Internal Auditing and Management)
> Christina Sakellariou - Research, Development & Production / Human Resources
(Bsc Chemistry | MSc International Employment Relations & Human Resource Management)
The company occupies about 30 people and collaborates with many external agents throughout Greece as also abroad.
The first products of LEE HATTON have been launched to the market in 1975 under the supervision of Lefteris Sakellariou who has also been involved in the production and distribution of brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Sally Hansen, Moneclar, FlameGlo, Keranov, Keracolor and others.
Nowadays our company produces about 200 products apart from make-up color variation.
Our philosophy is based on
> the creation of excellent quality products that meet the consumer needs.
> the constant update on the scientific developments and the market's trends.
> the elegant appearance and the approachable pricing.
> the respect to the environment.
> Our company is committed to provide products which are safe and promote a healthy life-style, as also respect the demanding life-style of today's consumer and help them improve their overall appearance and well-being.
> Our products are designed to surpass the industry's highest performance standards. Clean, healthy and effective ingredients are used in every formulation to ensure the best quality and performance.
> The products are created in small batches to guarantee freshness.
> Creation of new and innovative products.
> Providing a wide range of products and increasing our existing product line to cover all consumer's demands.
> Ensuring that all products are of the highest quality, safe to the consumer, friendly to the environment.
Make-up | Skin Care | Body Care | Lip Care | Sun Care | Nail Care | Hair Care | Perfumes and Toiletries | Special Treatments Products.
Our company is a
- Member of the 'Panhellenic Union of the Industries and Representatives of Cosmetics - PSVAK'.
PSVAK is a member of the 'European Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association - COLIPA'.
- Member of the 'Hellenic Recovery Recycling Corporation (HERRCO).
Promotion & Distribution
- Our products are distributed to the best cosmetic stores, lux hotels, touristic points and selected pharmacies in Greece as also to retail points abroad; they belong to the mass market and have competitive prices.
- Export activities are taking place to Romania and the UK.
- Online sales via the websites: www.naturashop.gr (GR+ worldwide) | www.plus4u.gr (GR) | www.b4b.gr (GR) | www.suncaresolutions.com (UK) | www.thelittlethingsinlife.nl (NL)
- Company and products presentation on our website www.cosmetia.gr
- There is available promotional material such as Stands, Color Samples, Samples, Leaflets, Prospectuses,Photos, Inscriptions.
- On the packaging and the leaflets we use both English and Greek.
- Our products' variety enables the company to penetrate into all channels of distribution such as Cosmetic Stores, Retail Stores, Drugstores, Beauty/Medical Clinics, Coiffure Salons, Special Tourists' Shops, Super Markets, Wholesale Markets, Special Collaborators, Public Super Markets, Airports, Associations e.t.c.
- As a manufacturing company we have the flexibility of the development and production of new products according to the special needs of a new market. We also have the ability to present and procure any official document needed and demanded by import countries of our products.
+ PLASTIC SURGEON: We develop and produce special skin care products for plastic surgeon who uses them in his clinic as also aims to export them to other surgeons and clinics in the EU.
+ AESTHETIC / MEDICAL INSTITUTE: We provide our skin care, nail care and make-up products to beauty / medical salon under the supervision of the surgeon mentioned before.
+ NAIL SPA: We develop and produce nail treatment products and nail colours for nail spa salon chain.
+ SUN PROTECTION CAMPAIGN: We were chosen by a municipality in Athens (Papagou municipality) to cooperate with them for the public information regarding the harmful effects of sun exposure and for giving advice how to stay safe under the sun.
+ THEATRE & TV: Cooperation with theatres for actors’ make-up as also with TV shows.
+ We have also cooperated with beauty/medical clinic chain ‘MEDIJEUNESS’ (provision of our formulations), hair styling salon chain ‘NICOLAS’ (production of hair gel of their own formulation), pharmacy distribution
companies ‘OLVOS’ and ‘TRIA S.A.’ (productions of OTC products of their own formulations).
The company is based in Athens, in a privately-owned building fully equipped with production and filling machinery for all kinds of cosmetic products.
The company's areas include:
Production areas for: nail polish / lipstick, lipbalm / soap / perfumes / powder / shampoos, creams, lotions / packaging room
Storage rooms for: raw materials, sensitive raw materials, flammable raw materials, bulk products, finished products, packaging materials
The company conforms to the National Organization for Medicines norms that indicate different areas for the production and filling for each kind of product.
National Organization for Medicines
Our company's function complies with the decisions of the “Government Paper, Issue 2, No 352 18/3/2005” in which the Greek laws about cosmetics are adapted to the formats in the EU norm 76/768/EU.
Our company is obliged to operate under the regulations of the National Organization for Medicines and EU laws. National Organization for Medicines is the national organization that takes all the necessary precautions so that all the pharmacy and cosmetic companies and products conform to the appropriate laws. We have a license by the National Organization for Medicines to produce all kinds of cosmetic products.
LICENSE No: 6317/1.2.05
National Organization for Medicines makes random and sudden visits to ensure that the companies work under its norms. Also makes tests of the products to ensure they are safe and their claims are real. The aim is to ensure that the raw and packaging materials that are used comply to the EU norms, that the texts of the packaging and he leaflets are not misleading, to take products’ samples form the market for analysis, to control the establishments and the compliance to the rules of good production and analysis of the products.
Operation & Quality Standards
The development and production is conducted into our own establishments by special trained, scientific personell, sophisticated technological equipment and follows all the safety rules as we fully apply all the arrangements of the National Organization for Medicines and the legislation imposed by the European Community. We also follow the new developments and scientific researches for the best of the consumer, the product and the environment (no animal tests, PVC replacement e.t.c.).
- We produce the formulations using CTFA and USP certified materials, in fully conformity to EU, FDA and Japanese standards. Microbiological tests and systematic controls for the full observance of outlines during production makes every product safe and trust worthy. Furthermore frequent researches are conducted for proof of additional quality. Also dermatological and clinical tests occur.
- Barcode, ingredients and PAO are mentioned onto the packaging as the international practice demands and where nessecery the ‘expire date’ is inputted. Also a batch code is printed on for safety and control. Instructions and texts are written in both Greek and English languages.
- Reliability and safety requirements.
> Dermatological and clinical tests.
> IN VIVO tests
> Tests have been conducted on selected, adult, healthy volunteers of both sexes.
> Scientific researches prove products' effectiveness.
> Development - Production - Packaging under high safety conditions.
o Microbiological tests
o Sterilization of containers and mechanical equipment
> High quality of raw and packaging materials.
> Full list of the ingredients.
> No animal tests
Tests & Controls
We conduct tests and controls to raw and packaging materials as we are obliged to.
> Packaging materials.
First we check if the containers are closed in order for the packaging materials to be clean. Then we check: Quality of the material, Weight, Dimensions, Volume, Color, If there is any leakage, If it is safe to be used for the final product, If it is clean. Also microbiological tests are made in order to ensure it is not contaminated. If the packing materials pass all the tests they, are appropriate to be used.
> Raw materials.
Tests are made in order to ensure the best quality of the raw materials. By the time a raw material arrives at the company it should be accompanied by its specification sheet and is controlled if the batch number on the container is the same with the one on the sheet. Also the vessel is checked outside, as it should be clean to avoid any contamination. Afterwards a small amount of the raw material is sent to the laboratory into clean and sterilized vessels in order to be tested for the physical and chemical characteristics that should comply with the specification sheet. First, the appearance is tested eg form, colour, smell and clarity. Then the solubility is checked eg in water, alcohol or oil. For liquids the density is measured. For the water solutions the pH is measured. For the viscous liquids the viscosity is checked. For solid materials the melting point is checked. The preservatives are identified by TLC chromatography and spectrometrically. The UV filters are identified spectrometrically. Regarding the colors their shade is checked on white and black paper and should be the same with the model. For dissolved solids the percentage of the solid content is determined. If the raw material passes all the tests then a serial number is given to it and a label with its characteristics, its serial number and the word “appropriate” is stuck on it and is ready for use within the time that it may expire.
Research & Development
Comprehensive research, many trials, samples and quality controls are made in order a new product to be developed so that not only will it be safe for the consumer but also will offer the best results.
For the development of a new product, raw materials of proven efficacy are used and all their technical characteristics are taken under consideration in order the right combination and the right amount of them to be used for the greater effectiveness.
Also the manufacturing process is determined which is very important for the final effectiveness of the product. At the final sample tests are made to determine the good quality a product (see FINAL TESTS & CONTROLS). When a new product is developed a final sample is sent to Biobasic for patch test (dermatological test). Biobasic is an authorized and specialized laboratory in Milan, Italy that among other services also provides patch tests in association with the University of Pavia (section of Pharmacy and Toxicology).
After the completion of this process, Biobasic provides us with a report for the patch test procedure and result. If their claim is NOT IRRITANT then the product is ready to be launched in the market with the claim Dermatologically Tested.
When a new product is launched to the Greek market it should be declared to the National Organization for Medicines in order to receive a Protocol Number. Also when a new product is developed a technical file with all the information about it is created, eg its synthesis, the ingredients as they are written on its label, the manufacturing process, the toxicological information for each of the raw materials according to their MSDS, its physical and chemical characteristics, the analyses methods, its claims and how they are supported and its Patch Test file.
Manufacturing process: Analyses of raw materials are conducted as described above in order to be used in the manufacturing process. For the manufacturing process clean and sterilized containers are used. The chemist who is responsible for the production follows the formula and the manufacturing process that is written comprehensively. A “production sheet” is filled during the production that contains the raw materials that are used, their serial number and amount and the exact process of production. Water that may be used for the production is always sterilized before the production by passing through a UV lamp.
Final Tests & Controls
Quality control of the finish product.
When the production is over a small sample of it is sent to the laboratory and its physical and chemical characteristics are checked. First, the appearance is checked (form, colour, smell, clarity). Depending on the products, tests include PH measurement, melting point check, density determination, viscosity determination, stability check, TLC chromatography for preservatives and spectrometric analysis for preservatives, UV filters and actives.
If all the tests are satisfactory, then a Lot Number and an analysis number is given to the product which is ready to be filled through clean and sterilized machinery to the packaging materials that have been already checked and cleaned.
Periodically products and water used for the production are sent to an external, certified laboratory for microbiological tests to ensure that they are not contaminated.