Useful Equipment for Making Cosmetics

Useful Equipment for Making Cosmetics

People often ask whether they need specialist equipment in order to start making their own natural cosmetic products at home.

The good news is, all of our recipes are designed for standard kitchen equipment that you are already likely to have at home. However, if you're thinking of starting a business making your products, then we would recommend that you use equipment especially dedicated to cosmetic manufacture. Check out our range of top-quality equipment here.

  • Hot plate or stove-top (to be able to boil a saucepan of water)
  • Saucepans
  • Heat-proof kitchen bowls such as stainless steel or pyrex

These make up your double boiler (or bain-marie) which is essential for making all products that require heating.

  • Metal teaspoons and tablespoons
  • Rolls and rolls of paper towels - you can never have enough of these!
  • Dishcloths
  • Rubbing alcohol (or cheap vodka if you can't find any) in a spray bottle to sterilise working area and equipment before starting

                                   flat whisks 

  • Flat coiled whisk such as these from Lakeland (pictured above)
  • Electric stick blender, pictured below (can be substituted for a flat coiled whisk)

                                            stick blender

          Flat whisk or electric stick blender? It's up to you to decide!

Flat whisk vs stick blender

  • Good quality scales, preferably digital scale that is sensitive to 0.1 of a gram
  • Funnels of varying sizes for filling your containers
  • Empty jars and bottles - check out our range of containers here
  • Heat-proof measuring cylinders, jugs and beakers of varying sizes
  • Measuring cups, cylinders and spoons of varying sizes
  • Moulds for soaps and massage bars, silicone baking moulds work really well and are inexpensive and easy to find
  • Silicone spatulas
  • A good quality thermometer that measures temperatures up to 100 ̊C
  • Litmus paper to measure the pH level of your product if you want to
  • Gloves (optional - clean hands are fine)

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