Once upon a time we didn’t know all that much about making skincare products. We knew what we wanted to make, and why, but the how was missing.
So we did what so many brands do, and we called in an expert - a contract manufacturer.
A contract manufacturer is someone who will make your products in their facility. They usually take care of everything to do with development and production. Facilities, sourcing, making, packaging, labelling is all taken care of for you.
So all you need to is place and order and 6-8 weeks later your product arrives ready for market.
Sounds like a pretty cool and stress free way to get into the world of beauty. Someone else does the heavy lifting so you focus on the other areas of business. It's easy to see why LOADS of brands do this.
There were plenty of reasons actually!
Well, to start with, Happy took over our home! It was insane but it was pretty cool too. We were living the dream (amidst about a million boxes).
When our oldest boy learned how to walk and press buttons, we realised something had to change. We had to get outta there :)
So we moved to the Happy Shed in Maryville (and then on to Adamstown, but that's a story for another day!) where we could keep right on growing and growing. A few years later, the Happy Shed has become the beating heart of operations.
To this day a jam sandwich still tastes better when Mum makes it. That’s because it was made with care and love. Contract manufacturers are are experts and know what they are doing but they are doing it for too many customers. They lose the soul.
We love what we do and it sounds a little “woo-woo” but the Happy Shed adds our own special energy into the products. No one else can do it. It’s our special magic because we know every detail intimately. It starts with us and it ends with us.
We know where and who our ingredients come from.
We stick to small artisan batches to keep things fresh.
We don’t outsource anything. And we don’t want it any other way!
Your Happy products are 100% made by us. No shortcuts :)
You already know us (Aaron and Phoebe), but meet our compounding extraordinaire, Dave, and the wonderful lady responsible for making your deliveries look so special, Michelle. We'd be lost without them.
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