Cosmetics & Personal Care

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Somerset County companies design and develop the products that keep you looking and feeling your best. Iconic cosmetic brands. Fragrances. Hair color. Cleansers. Toothpaste. Vitamins. And a whole ecosystem that’s built up around them supplying fragrance compounds, additives, chemicals, and specialty ingredients, laboratory, packaging and filling services, and contract manufacturing.

These are just a few of the companies based here in Somerset County:


  • Ranked among the Top 20 U.S. Counties for Employment in Personal Care and Cleaning Products
  • Deep supply of talent in Chemical Manufacturing, recognized by Lightcast as a hotspot for Chemists (7x national average) and Chemical Engineers
  • Relative to our population, we exceed the national average for Biological Technicians, Packaging and Filling Machine Operators, and Industrial Engineers

A robust talent pipeline is supported by Raritan Valley Community College and Rutgers University, which is a mere 20 minutes from the County seat. 

  • Raritan Valley Community College will soon become the 1st community college in New Jersey to offer experiential training in a clean room environment.


Businesses have access to one of the most affluent and concentrated consumer markets in the world. Somerset County is in central New Jersey, in the middle of the Boston, New York City & Washington D.C. corridor. From Somerset County, a business can serve more than 38 million consumers within a 2-hour drive.

The median household income in Somerset County ($113,611) is one of the highest in the U.S.