A PASSION FOR NATURE
MEET THE COSMETIC RESEARCH

HARBOR S.p.A.

ABOUT US

HARBOR is an Italian company located in the heart of Bologna, which has been developing, formulating, producing and marketing cosmetics with its own brands for over 30 years. The founding values of HARBOR are, from the beginning, connected to innovation and to the culture of natural wellness.
It is from the special vials for hair that the brand Phytorelax Laboratories brand was born; a philosophy, a new way of conceiving beauty. Phytorelax cosmetics are not only about Nature; the products are created to be a bridge between the properties of plants and the people who want to feel good.
In the following years, the Phytorelax Laboratories brand has been enriched with a wide range of monographic lines, which today are icons, such as Almond, Shea, Argan, Bach Flowers where the passion for Nature meets Cosmetic Research.

Our R&D labs focus on developing extremely green formulations with more than 98% natural ingredients.
The decision of focusing on eco-sustainable cosmetics allowed HARBOR cosmetics to become a leading company in the field of Certified Natural cosmetics under the Phytorelax Laboratories brand.
The brand is distributed to over 2500 retail outlets nationwide and is present in over 35 countries around the world. HARBOR develops and produces its own brand and private-label cosmetics Laboratories brand has been enriched in the following niches:

The research & development laboratories focus on developing extremely green formulas reaching formulas with over 98% in natural ingredients.
The foresight of HARBOR in focusing on the development of sustainable cosmetics is rewarded, establishing itself in recent years among the leaders in the field of natural cosmetics and certified with the brand Phytorelax Laboratories.
Today the brand is distributed in over 2500 stores nationwide and is present in over 35 countries around the world. HARBOR today develops and produces its own brand and private label cosmetics in the following areas:

SKIN CARE:
emulsions, microemulsions, gels

 

BODY CARE:
: bath foams, intimate washes, liquid soaps,
body lotions, body butters, hand creams

 

HAIR CARE:
shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, hair treatments

 

DEODORANTS:
roll-on or spray deodorants, with or without antiperspirants, with or without alcohol

 

PERFUMES & COLOGNES:
body mist, eau de toilette

TWO BRANDS,
A SINGLE REALITY 

HARBOR S.p.A. is a company with a double soul, characterized by two different brands, Phytorelax & Intra, which products are completely formulated and manufactured a few kilometers from Bologna.

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Phytorelax is a brand of natural cosmetics for Face, Body and Hair Care, created by HARBOR S.p.A. in the 90’s. The name “Phytorelax” embodies its own philosophy: well-being and relaxation that come from the use of active ingredients and functional phytoextracts. The brand’s message is international: Phytorelax Laboratories represents a refined but accessible concept of beauty, developed in innovative and effective products as the result of a continuous dialogue between Nature, Science and Design. Today Phytorelax is the “Premium”brand of HARBOR S.p.A.; in fact its cosmetics are characterized by very high performance and naturalness.

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Intra is a brand of Natural & Organic Cosmetics for Skin, Body and Hair Care, created by HARBOR S.p.A. at the beginning of the new Millennium. A cosmetic line created and designed for those who have a “green” and conscious approach to cosmetics. That is why all Intra products are Organic Certified by AIAB and VeganOK; they are also free from Parabens, Silicones and Artificial colors. Intra is the “Democratic” brand of HARBOR S.p.A., in fact cosmetics are designed to make beauty accessible to the widest possible audience.

CERTIFIED QUALITY

The Quality Management System within the organization is monitored, renewed and constantly improved through an internal and external audit plan that verifies.

COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF
UNI EN ISO 9001 – ED.2015;
The production and packaging of cosmetic products according to good manufacturing standards, which guarantee the safety of the products and the health of consumers, are kept under control, renewed and constantly improving, by means of an internal and external audit plan that verifies.

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COMPLIANCE WITH GMP REQUIREMENTS
(UNI EN ISO 22716);
The achievement of these results witnesses our efforts to keep our quality standards high and constant, in accordance with the latest regulations.

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STRUCTURE :
RESEARCH CENTRE

TRESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT LABORATORY
It takes care of the development of the formula as well as technical and legislative issues. 

QUALITY CONTROL LABORATORY:
CHEMICAL-PHYSICAL & PACKAGING
It is concerned with ensuring the quality of raw materials, components and finished products, as well as the entire quality management system.

The research centre is entirely located in Italy and consists of 3 Laboratories and 1 Study Centre.

MICROBIOLOGICAL LABORATORY
It focuses on microbiological issues concerning the products, from development to marketing.

MARKETING STUDY CENTRE
The Marketing office cooperates with the R&D laboratory to focus on and develop 360-degree market trends and capture new consumer needs, transforming them into innovative proposals with a particular focus on the Organic sector.

STRUCTURE:
PRODUCTION SITE

The production site is located in Bologna. It features facilities for hot, cold and vacuum production: Mixers and Turboemulsifers. Automatic and semiautomatic packaging lines that allow great production flexibility and versatility product development.

OUR VALUES

We believe in sharing with our partners and consumers the philosophy and the values that are behind every Phytorelax product: our vision of Beauty.

COSMOS ORGANIC products contribute to sustainable development. They respect people, animals and environment.

We are committed to adopt a righteous conduct towards the environment.

Every formula is a reasoned balance between nature and effectiveness, pleasantness and environmental sustainability.

Our products are developed and produced in the heart of Emilia Romagna, a few kilometres from Bologna.

In compliance with the law, Phytorelax Laboratories do not test ingredients on animals and do not ask any third party to do so either.

Far from miracles, close to routine maintenance. Our cosmetic products are trusted friends that accompany you every day throughout the year.

Our products provides information to consumers about the most important data regarding the composition of both formula and packaging.

For many years now we have relied on external collaborations with clinics and universities in order to certify the dermatologic compatibility of raw materials used

OUR NATURALLY ITALIAN SUPPLY CHAIN

Our loyal collaborators and the production chain are Italian. We declare this by inserting on our packaging a new company sticker “Naturally Italian”.

We have always selected the best suppliers in our Italian territory: we buy raw materials, primary packaging, plant and machinery from our Italian suppliers.

To guarantee the quality that distinguishes us, we choose the best Italian collaborators for external analysis and testing services performed by laboratories and universities.

ABOUT US

80’s

Harbor Foundation

Harbor, the natural cosmetics company, was born in the heart of Bologna.
The founding values of Harbor are, from the beginning, connected to innovation and to the culture of natural wellness.

90’s

Phytorelax Laboratories was born

A new very innovative product is created in the Harbor scientific laboratory for the trichology market of those years: a vial for hair formulated with a mixture of 33 natural ingredients, wisely divided between vegetable extracts and essential oils.
A true vegetable beauty treatment dedicated to the professional world, which until then had never appreciated the potential of natural cosmetics. Harbor vial had an instant success; the clients of the beauty salons were very happy after the treatment and reported a feeling of relief and wellness in the skin which had never felt before. It is thanks to this commercial success that the name Phytorelax was born: a name which contains its own philosophy, that is; wellness and relaxation, arising from the use of functional active ingredients and plant extracts

2000’s

It is from the special vials for hair that in the year 2000 the Phytorelax Laboratories brand was born; a philosophy, a new way of conceiving beauty. That of Phytorelax is a type of cosmetics that is not only about Nature; the products are created to be a bridge between plants and the people who want to feel good. In those years, the first line of Bach Flower Remedies was born, which is the result of the collaboration with well-known experts in traditional and non-conventional medicine. A line even today among the most demanded by customers since it perfectly combines the concept of cosmetics and psychophysical wellness.
New innovative cosmetic lines were subsequently created that combined Nature and Science. At the heart of every project there is a deep and careful study of the properties of every single plant that Nature offers. With the passage of time, in fact, the Phytorelax Laboratories brand is enriched with a wide range of monographic lines, which today are icons, such as Olive, Almond, Shea butter, Cocoa and Argan, where the passion for Nature meets cosmetic research.

2008

Nature meets Design 

Curiosity and the desire to create even more original packages able to stand out in the market of natural products grow at the same time and the result of this brings out a new study of the packaging and its materials. The aim is to focus on a novel combination: Nature and Design. This is how in 2008 the decision of using a square design packaging was born, absolutely innovative in the world of cosmetics- elegant, refined but not elitist. Transparent and amber coloured materials are preferred; this is a characteristic that even today represents the Phytorelax Laboratories brand. A clever choice which intends to convey a clear message to customers, but at the same time safeguarding quality and the nature of the cosmetic formula contained inside.

2012

International choice

New markets open, firstly towards United States that value design, Italian elegance and the professional approach of the brand. Today the Phytorelax Laboratories brand of Bologna is exported to 35 countries around the world, establishing itself as one of the best European cosmetics export brand. Its message is international: Phytorelax Laboratories represents refined yet affordable cosmetics, based on innovative and effective products as a result of an always present synergy of Nature, Science and Design.

2015

COSMOS ORGANIC

Increasingly attentive to people’s desires and respect for our planet, Phytorelax creates its first COSMOS ORGANIC certified organic line, developed in compliance with the highest standards applicable to organic cosmetics, in accordance with the criteria of Cosmos Standards, the rigorous regulations recognized at European and international level.

2017

Bio Phytorelax Skin care 

A new and precious face line is born of the search for innovative and increasingly effective biological formulas: Bio Phytorelax Skin Care. Phytorelax laboratories create a brand new complete cosmetic line of Organic and Vegan Ok certified products for facial cleansing and treatment. These products combine Nature and Science to address the problems of all skin types.
For an increasingly greener Beauty Routine, Phytorelax has created a new line of aluminum salt and parabens free, Cosmo Natural and Vegan Ok certified deodorants. The line meets a variety of needs; its wide range of deodorants provide natural, refreshing and delicate protection.
30 years after the birth of the Phytorelax brand and the experience honed in the world of fragrances, here are the first 8 “Inspired by Nature” colognes. The Phytorelax proposal stands out for quality and style: fragrances are both 100% Vegan Friendly, Dermatologically-tested, and, obviously, Made in Italy. Each of them contains an unprecedented bouquet of fragrances that stimulate senses and mind; it is like wearing Nature fragrances every day.

2018

Relaunching Brand Intra 

In 2018 the brand “INTRA, La Natura Dentro” is relaunched, with a new Hair Care line consisting of a wide range of products Certified Organic AIAB, Vegan OK, free of Parabens, Silicones and Artificial Colors.
In the same year the offer is implemented with a line dedicated to facial and body beauty.
The relaunch of the Intra brand is very successful and a new highly delicate cosmetic line is formulated on the scalp: the “Oils- Shampoos for sensitive skin”. These are available in three different types: Dandruff, Seboregulating and Nourishing. They stand out for being on the market among the few certified organic and vegan shampoo oils.
To complete the “Bodycare Bath Shower” line, a specific line is created for the cleansing of the most delicate skins: the “Shower Oils”, able to cleanse, protecting the hydrolipidic film skin and nourish the skin without greasing it. Five captivating fragrances that transform a product with a purely curative character, into a pleasant and fun experience.

2021

In the area of facial care, Bio Phytorelax launches a new type of specific treatment: “Pure Active Face Concentrates”, Jaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Collagen, Glycolift®. These are distinguished by their innovative sensory qualities and proven effectiveness, thanks to the high concentration of targeted substances. The line is designed to satisfy the desire of consumers to use natural products without sacrificing performance and effectiveness.

Phytorelax begins the renewal and extension of the specific cosmetic lines for the care of the skin of the body, creating increasingly sustainable formulas and obtaining the certifications Aiab Bio Eco Cosmetics and Veganok.
This path begins with the selection of new active ingredients, some new to the Italian market and especially with the highest cosmetic properties, such as: Organic Sativa Hemp Oil, Organic Tea Tree Oil and 31 Organic Herbs Oil. By enhancing the benefits of the precious oils, each of the new active ingredients are developed complete and effective beauty routines for the care of the skin of the body.
In the case of the line “Oil 31 Herbs”, the secret is contained in the mixture of the 31 plants expertly selected by the laboratories Phytorelax. An original recipe with an antique flavour that contains pure essential oils and extracts 100% natural. A perfect beauty ritual for the well-being of body and mind.

Driven by the desire to offer to the Phytorelax loyal consumers a new range of cosmetics increasingly safe, effective and sustainable, we update formulations and packaging design of the most popular lines for the body.
The renewal begins with active ingredients of great success: the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, the famous Argan Oil and Shea Butter, the latter from the Fairtrade Supply Chain.

2022
In the world of male cosmetics, the needs and habits are constantly renewed; being attentive to the new demands of the affectionate male audience, opens a line of extension and renewal in packaging design. The New Line “Men’s Grooming” gets the Veganok certification and welcomes new cosmetics specific for the care of the beard and hair of today’s man.

At the same time, in the trichological sector, new highly performing and effective lines are inaugurated: the constant success of the Professional Haircare lines means that Phytorelax Laboratories create new lines capable of responding to increasingly specific needs and that guarantee at the same time real and long-lasting results. The lines are inaugurated: Keratin Color Protection Color for colored and treated hair, Keratin No-Yellow for blond, gray and bleached hair and Keratin Curly Revives Curls and Frizz for curly and wavy hair.