"R & D and Innovation are at the core of the iLABS business model."
David C. Chung
Founder & CEO iLABS
iLABS is an innovation-focused, full service, global beauty company.
Our international network of talented chemists and scientists, supported by facilities in the U.S., Japan, South Korea and China, give iLABS unparalleled access to cutting-edge technologies, raw materials, and emerging trends.
Our 140,000 sq. ft. facility located in Mahwah, New Jersey, is where our award-winning formulas and products are developed. iLAB’S formula expertise is expansive, covering all categories of beauty. Our Innovation Library inspires and informs clients of creative possibilities.
At every step of the process, from product development to production, iLABS is committed to exceeding your expectations, with attention to detail, quality excellence, and efficiencies that produce speed-to-launch.
“I created iLABS to fill the gap in today’s fast-evolving beauty market.”
David C. Chung
Founder & CEO iLABS
We believe that global innovation is the driver of brand success.
Our mission is to give every client, large and small, the opportunity for success, by opening the doors to true, authentic innovation.
The ILABS team is committed to a genuine, collaborative experience with each client. Our goal is to inspire creativity and share new ideas that forecast the future of beauty.
iLABS helps accelerate brand growth by offering the tools and programs required to compete successfully in today’s fast-evolving beauty market.
What You Can Expect from iLABS
I created iLABS to fill in the gap in today’s fast-evolving beauty market
- David C Chung, Founder & CEO
We embody honesty, transparency and mutual respect in all our relationships.
We are committed to new ideas and embrace personal accountability.
Our world-class alliance of chemists and formulators around the globe specialize in discovering the latest technologies and anticipating trends to create superior Clean skincare and extraordinary textures.
OTC is our strength
We are certified by the FDA for OTC for skincare, color and hair products.
“If you say you’re going to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, that claim—which alters the form and function and structure of the body—is a medical claim and, therefore, that product is considered a drug by the FDA. It has to be approved and regulated, and there’s a long process to get through.”
Rob Trow, CEO DermaConcepts, exclusive US distributor of Environ Skin Care
OTC vs. Non-OTC
First, to explain: Cosmetic vs. Drug as defined by the FDA
The FDA addresses the use of drugs and cosmetics under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, enacted in 1938 and amended numerous times to remain current. It draws distinction between cosmetics and drugs.
A cosmetic is defined as any product that is “intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body…for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness or altering the appearance.”
A drug is defined as any product that is “intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease” or any product “intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of humans or other animals.” [FD&C Act, 201 (g)(1)].
Cosmetic & Drug
Some personal care products meet the definitions of both a cosmetic and a drug because they have two intended uses. Among these are anti-dandruff shampoos; deodorant/antiperspirants; skin protectants such as lip balms and diaper ointments, and moisturizers and makeup with sun-protection claims.
OTC Cosmetic or Skincare Product
A Formula that contains active ingredients and in a concentration that may affect the physiology of the human skin is classified as a drug. These OTC (over-the-counter) products must comply with the requirements for both cosmetics and drugs. The product must be made with pharmaceutical-grade ingredients and manufactured in an FDA inspected, cGMP-compliant facility. OTC cosmetic and skincare products are readily available to consumers without a prescription from a healthcare professional.
- cGMP Facility
- FDA Drug Establishment
- FDA Drug Labeler
- FDA Medical Device Establishment
- NJ State Drug and Medical Device Establishment
- NJ State Food and Cosmetic Establishment
- Health Canada Registered
- Gluten Free Certification
- Halal Certification
- USDA Organic
- Personal Care Products Council
- TGA Registered (Australia)
- PMDA (Japan FDA)