12 Essential Cosmetic Formulation Equipment & Tools For All Formulators – NCFT1 Training Module 2
We use specialize tools and equipment to make high performance cosmetic products.
The size to use depends on how much products you are willing to make but we always advice beginners to start small and grow with time.
Below are the necessary tools and equipment you need if you want to start making all natural cosmetic products.
PH meter – https://amzn.to/3fnbh8W
Use this to adjust the pH of your product. This is very important if you want to make skin safe products.
Isopropyl Alcohol Aka Rubbing Alcohol – https://amzn.to/3gWkaXL
You need this to sanitize your beakers when doing test formulation.
Steramine Tablets – https://amzn.to/30JyLiO
Put one tablet of steramine in 1 gallon of water, use this to sanitize your washed cosmetic bottles.
Liquid Castile Soap – Gentle And Natural – https://amzn.to/39lrHwH
You can wash your cosmetic bottles with distilled water and liquid castile soap. – Get your liquid castile soap here (any brand is ok).
Borosilicate Beakers different sizes – https://amzn.to/2C21EhH
You need these beakers to melt your oil phase ingredients and heat up your water phase ingredients
Stirring rods – https://amzn.to/3fqKfh6
Stirring rods are necessary for mixing your lotion. You will do a lot of stirring, so get at least 6 of these.
Spatula and scrapers – https://amzn.to/2C3BQl9
Very good for scrapping the sides of your beakers in order to encourage uniformity and prevent
Disposable Pipettes – https://amzn.to/2WAvyAB
Pipettes are meant to precisely handle liquids. Those made of glass are usually reusable, while plastic ones are disposable. Pipettes are excellent to avoid waste when picking up liquids from inside a bottle.
Make sure to use a different one for each material. By doing this, you’ll avoid cross contamination. If you’re not discarding them after use, use a solution of water and ethanol or rubbing alcohol to clean and sanitize.
Homogenizer – https://amzn.to/3iWu11d
Homogenizer makes lotion making fun. It will help you make smooth and high viscosity lotions. Start
with a small size and upgrade later on.
Overhead Cosmetic Mixers – https://amzn.to/3jiIrcj
The main advantage of having an excellent mixer is the reproducibility which means it makes scaling up very easy. In fact, it can be used for both lab and small batches manufacturing.
Cosmetic mixers have an electric motor, and the mixing tool is attached to a metal rod. Mixing speed is adjustable within certain ranges.
Overhead cosmetic mixers come with different impellers and each has a different purpose. For lotion-making purposes, the best one is a rotor stator system
Hot Plate With Magnetic Stirrer – https://amzn.to/30nGEtP
Hot plates are small machines that heat and maintain a fixed temperature over time. As for lotion making equipment, they’re used to melt waxes and other solid ingredients.
The hot plate can be thought of as the professional equivalent for the double boiler mentioned in some DIY blogs.
The hot plate surface can consist of different materials; I recommend ceramic as it’s easier to clean.
Immersion Blender – https://amzn.to/3fyQAax
An Immersion blender will do a good job of homogenizing lotion and other product. You can use either
an immersion blender or homogenizer.
Water Baths – https://amzn.to/3h2GkaT
This is a good place to start if you plan to make professional lotion. It is more easy to use than double
boiler. Start with a small size and upgrade later on.
Plastic Squeeze Wash Bottles – https://amzn.to/3gRZr7m
This makes lotion making effortless. You need this to do quick rinses and measure water accurately
Infrared Thermometer – https://amzn.to/3iXfvGw
Packaging bottles and jars (PET and HDPE, Glass)
Stainless steel measuring spoons of different sizes to take out your skincare ingredients – https://amzn.to/300yRSB