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Overview Industry Overview:

When most people think about the applications of waxes in the personal care and cosmetics industry, they probably think about the (often painful) hair removal process. While this is certainly an important use of wax products, the truth is, waxes can be found in nearly every personal care and cosmetics product on the market, from lipsticks to mascaras to hair conditioners.

Waxes have a number of properties which make them ideal for use in personal care and cosmetics applications. They act as thickeners and solidifiers, emollients and emulsifiers, and stabilizers and plasticizers. For consumers, these characteristics translate to longer lasting color cosmetics, smoother and softer skin, and increased volume and hold.

App Common Applications:

  • Waxes – animal, plant, mineral, synthetic
  • Additives
  • Anti-wrinkling agents
  • Binders
  • Blending
  • Catalysts
  • Crystallization
  • Decoloring
  • Deodorizing
  • Emollients
  • Esters
  • Exfoliation
  • Fatty acids
  • Gelling
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Manufacturing
  • Melting points
  • Moisturizer
  • Raw materials
  • Polymerization
  • Polyethylene, polypropylene, etc.
  • Refining
  • Solubility
  • Solvent Recovery
  • Thickeners
  • Viscosity

Solutions Solutions:

With almost 35 years as a top cosmetic and personal care industry recruitment agency, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their search to find highly qualified professionals. As talent acquisition specialists, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates. Our executive search consultants stay abreast of current industry trends making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top cosmetic and personal care talent.

A proven executive search firm, Ropella is dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage by providing customized and strategic talent solutions. We leverage our industry expertise, proprietary SMART Search System® and global network to deliver exceptional results quickly for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.

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The typical positions, roles and/or functions our search consultants serve include:

Sales Sales (such as; new business development, key account management, technical service, customer service, branch, district, region, national, global in scope).
Marketing Marketing (such as market research, market analyst, consumer research, public relations, social media, communications, product management).
Manufacturing Manufacturing (such as operations, production, engineering, plant design, process development, pilot plant, scale up).
R & D Research & Development (such as exploratory research, discovery research, synthesis, analytical, applications development, new product development, formulations, compounding, quality control, environmental, regulatory, health and safety).
Administration and Finance Administration (such as procurement, supply chain, logistics, human resources).
Executive Level Management Business Management (such as general management, executive, manager, director, vice president, c-suite and board member, commercial development, merger, acquisition, joint venture).
Investment Experts Venture Capital / Private Equity (such as administration and finance, commercial development, executive level management, human resources, mfg., marketing, r&d, sales)

Ropella…clearly surpassed other executive recruiters…[Mr. Ropella] possesses a high level of commitment to his work and operates in a most professional and effective manner.

Director Human Resources, Chemicals Group Technical Center
PPG Industries
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