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SDK’s history began in the manufacturing of color cosmetics.

Our expert staff and focus on this section of the industry, together with our pedantic attention to detail, has allowed SDK to develop and enhance its reputation in the industry.

With our State of the art in-house Research and Development laboratory, we have created and formulated a plethora of emulsions, suspensions, and poured products that are on the “cutting edge” in terms of trend, performance, and delivery.

The type of products currently offered include the following:



  • Foundations – Liquid, Powder, Stick, Cream
  • BB Creams and CC Creams
  • Blushers
  • Concealers – Liquid, Cream
  • Bronzers and shimmers
  • Lips – lipstick, lip balms, lip glosses
  • Eyes – Eyeliners, liquid eye shadows, Liquid eyeliners, mascara, eyebrow kits, moisturizing tinters
  • Powders – Compact, Loose
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  • Nail enamels – Nail enamel Removers, Nail Treatments
  • Gift Packs 
  • Novelties
  • Cosmetic Accessories – Brushes, Sponges
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  • Body gels, contouring creams, body shimmers
  • Hair mascara

The increasing sophistication of the consumer and, in turn, the demands placed on SDK by its client base, has resulted in SDK is finding itself commonly sourcing products from industries, other than that of the cosmetic field.

This has enabled us to gain a large number of sources and suppliers which, in turn, has evolved SDK into offering, an independent ‘sourcing arm’, specializing in the procurement of gifting, novelty and cosmetic accessories, specifically from that of the Orient.

SDK has employed a team with an intricate knowledge of the East, and are able to converse in local dialect.

The above factors together with SDK  ability to leverage off the experience it has acquired over the years, in the field of importing and freighting, makes SDK an effective and intelligent alternative for all your sourcing requirements.

We offer different and varied formulations to suit a particular product type. Alternatively, customized formulations can be developed according to the clients' specifications

Together with our expert staff, we offer a multiplicity of machinery, which permits the above-mentioned products to be filled into bottles, bottles, containers, tubes, and jars. Additionally, a number of boxing and sleeving options are offered, which can be tailored specifically to the client’s needs.


SDK is able to produce a complete range of skincare aimed at all segments of the market from the lower end of the consumer market, to the more niche higher end of the market. In addition to standard formulations, SDK has the capability to research and develop formulations that can be tailor-made according to the client’s exact specifications.

SDK’s in-house laboratory is equipped with personnel who are committed to constantly investigating new technologies and trends in the cosmetic industry, thereby differentiating your company, from the plethora of cosmetic brands offering standard products.

Specialized machinery in our manufacturing and filling facilities ensures that the quality of the product is not compromised and that only the highest standards are consistently maintained.

The types of products currently offered include the following:


We offer a variety of skincare products, for males and females; as well as skincare for Caucasian skins, Ethnic Skin, and other skin types. The products offered are as follows:

Cleansers, toners, moisturizers, day & night creams, specialized serums and gels, masks and refinishers/primers, foundations, BB & CC creams, concealers & moisturizing tinters.

Within these categories, we are able to produce combination products (e.g.: cleansing milk/toner combined), as well as various dedicated anti-aging ranges.


Bodycare: Body butters, bath & beautifying oils, bath caviar, body Lotions, bath melts, body mist, bath milk, body mousse, bath salts, body soufflé, foam baths,  body exfoliating scrubs, lip balms, lip butter, lip conditioner, muscle soaks, neck and décolletage creams, shower gels and crèmes as well as other niche products.

Hands and Feet: hand + nail creams, hand washes, and sanitizers, hand and body exfoliating scrubs, cuticle remover creams, heel balms as well as other niche products.

Hair products: Beard oils, shampoo, conditioners, hair oils, hair masks


Africa is the world’s most natural-resources-rich continent.

It is within this continent, that SDK is fortunate to be geographically located, resulting in it being on the coalface to this plethora of natural resources, many of which are able to be utilized in cosmetic applications.

SDK has sourced and has access to a large range of natural oils and extracts, deriving from various sources including leaves, roots, seeds, and nuts.

These include the following:
Baobab Oil (Adansonia digitata), an excellent natural emollient known for its skin soothing properties. Softens skin when used as a massage oil. It also helps treat psoriasis & eczema and helps retain skin elasticity.

Kalahari Melon Oil (Tsamma Melon seed oil) has superior skin moisturizing, hydrating and regenerating effects. The high linoleic acid content (50 – 70 %) provides skin restructuring properties.

Marula oil (Sclerocarya birrea) is rich in antioxidants with natural stability to oxidation. Its skin benefits include healing, nourishing, hydrating, and softening. It revitalizes the skin and provides a strong anti-aging effect.

Mongongo Nut Oil (Manketti oil) has a high linoleic acid (30 – 54 %) content, proven to be regenerating and restructuring when used in skincare. Due to eleostearic acid, which reacts rapidly with UV light producing polymerization, mongongo nut oil forms a protective film on the skin.

Kigelia (Kigelia Africana) are widely used to treat a wide range of skin ailments from fungal infections, boils, acne, and psoriasis. Cosmetic preparations of kigelia are also used to ensure a blemish-free complexion. A significant body of scientific literature and patents support the use of kigelia extract as an active ingredient in skin tightening and breast firming formulations.

Rooibos Tea Extract (Aspalathus linearis) has been proven to have strong anti-oxidant properties to help protect skin from oxidative stress. It has superior anti-irritant potential to soothe stressed skin.

Khaki Bush (Tagetes minuta) properties includes antibiotic, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, disinfectant, insecticide, and sedative substance.
Aloe extract (Aloe ferox) Aloe is soothing and can reduce skin inflammations, blistering and itchiness, while helping the skin to heal more rapidly. Used to treats sunburn, acne and acts as a moisturizer. Aloe is used to effectively heal chronic skin problems, such as psoriasis, acne and eczema.

Honeybush Tea (Cyclopia Genistoides) is very rich in anti-oxidants and used extensively to soothe irritated skin.

The above oils and extracts are a sample of the variety of ingredients that SDK is able to offer.

SDK is able to tailor make cosmetic products using these naturally-rich ingredients on your behalf in the various product types which it manufactures, thereby differentiating your product from your competitors, whilst benefiting the consumer as a result of the natural benefits derived from the above ingredients.

For more information on the above, please be in communication with SDK, via the Contact Us section of this website.


SDK prides itself on the number of formulations that it is able to offer its clients within the various areas in which it specialises.

However, should the client require additional formulations and does not wish to go through the lengthy process of what is involved in the development of new formulations, SDK is able to offer bulks from a number of North American and European cosmetic bulk manufacturers. The aforementioned bulks are offered in all cosmetic categories from that of colour cosmetics (e.g.: mascaras, nail enamels, foundations, baked powders, bronzing beads etc.) to that of skin care.

SDK  keeps a comprehensive range of these bulks on hand and can arrange samples of the required formulation types at the client’s request.

SDK can in turn fill the imported bulks on the clients’ behalf. Alternatively, clients have the option of purchasing the bulks from SDK and are able to make their own arrangements for the filling thereof

SDK are the leading cosmetic manufacturers in South Africa. Having dealt with clients for a number of years, SDK observed the inefficiencies caused by the division that exists between the manufacturing element and the procurement of the applicable cosmetic packaging.

In an attempt to bridge this divide, SDK has introduced ‘Cosmetic Line’ specializing in ‘onsite’ cosmetic packaging. This effectively allows SDK to offer a ‘one-stop-shop’ in the process of developing an entire cosmetic range.

Cosmetic Line’s show room offers one of the most comprehensive ranges to be found, as the number of samples on offer, number in the thousands, covering every cosmetic category. Should Cosmetic Line not have your required packaging in stock, we offer a comprehensive sourcing service able to source just about any component, as a result of the extensive database of suppliers accumulated over many years.

Cosmetic Line represents a host of Premier European and Asian-based suppliers, dealing in glass and plastic packaging for all spheres of the cosmetic industry.

The types of packaging offered, include:

  • Glass- foundation, fragrance, nail enamel, skincare jars and bottles etc.
  • Colour Cosmetics Packaging- compacts, lipstick containers, lip gloss containers, liquid eyeliner containers etc.
  • Skin Care Packaging- cleanser, toner, exfoliator, moisturizer, serum, gels, day & night cream-bottles/tubes/tottles/jars in glass and various plastic types.
  • Toiletries- packaging to accommodate the following toiletry categories- body lotions, body butters, bath salts, cuticle remover creams, hand creams, hand and body exfoliators as well as other niche products.

In addition to most of the packaging being available to order, Cosmetic Line stocks a range of cosmetic packaging which is available ex stock (available immediately). Please contact us via the contact details listed in our website for further details.

Cosmetic Line has a wide-ranging showroom with a significant amount of sample types within each product category. Please do not hesitate in visiting our show room or contacting our offices in this regard.

SDK  is an importer of fragrance compounds for over 20 years, representing a leading Fragrance Company, based in Grasse, France.

Specialties include that of the fine fragrance and personal care market. Advanced research facilities are on hand, permitting perfumes to be formulated according to customer’s specifications, as well as keeping customers abreast of the latest market trends.

Due to the long term relationship shared between SDK and its Principal, we are able to offer tailor made solutions in this market to meet your specific quantities, as well as minimum order quantities well below the industry standard.

Should you require the fragrance oils to be mixed on your behalf, SDK possess the relevant machinery including fragrance presses, fillers, crimpers and fragrance carton cellophane wrappers to do so.

SDK is the sole representative of Schwan Stabilo, the world’s foremost cosmetic pencil manufacturer in South Africa.

SDK is amongst a very limited number of companies worldwide that has the ability to ‘finish’ cosmetic pencils in our plant – utilizing specialized machinery obtained from Schwan Stabilo.

Schwan Stabilo’s list of clients includes many of the leading brand names in international cosmetics. SDK has replicated this success on a local level, by effectively supplying the majority of the leading local brands.

In addition to cosmetic pencil manufacturing, Schwan Stabilo has expanded its area of expertise, to include the manufacturing of:

  • semi-liquid and liquid products (such as: liquid eyeliners and lip glosses)
  • mascaras,
  • foundations
  • skin care products
  • wooded pencils (different sizes)
  • retractable pencils
  • moulded
  • felt tips
  • dipliners

SDK insight of the local chain, drugstore/pharmacy and departmental stores over a period of many years, has enabled SDK Agencies to expertly handle and represent international brands in South Africa.

SDK is sensitive to the inherent goodwill and reputation of the brand, and will ensure that its reputation and standing in the market place internationally, is replicated on a local level.

SDK is well positioned to collaborate in these types of partnerships due to its above mentioned relationships, ability to finance the relevant purchases, store the goods on hand in the prescribed conditions, and punctually distribute the goods.

The emergence of the East, namely China, Taiwan, Korea, as well as a host of other Eastern countries, as the “new” factories of the world, has redefined the cosmetic industry. This has resulted in an unprecedented variety of packaging and filling options, which cannot be “matched” on a local basis.

Accordingly, SDK has adopted the adage of “if you can’t beat them, join them”. What this means, is that SDK over the past few years has become one of the largest parallel importers of cosmetic (face, body and bath) products into the South African Market.

SDK has concluded a number of agency agreements with premier eastern cosmetic manufacturers, ensuring price competitive advantage, high quality items, reasonable quantities, timeous deliveries and an elevated level of excellence and expertise in this regard.

SDK has adopted a strategy of attempting to source distinctive and unique cosmetic items, thereby distinguishing itself from its competitors, and the influx of inferior products currently being imported from this region.

Some of our clients include:
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