Whether the intent is to have a rented office for a formulation cosmetics laboratory or convert a part of your house to one, there are very basic tools to have in your lab to help you start your journey into the world of cosmetics formulation.
In this post, we outline a few essential and basic tools/equipment to have when you want to set up your formulation cosmetics laboratory.
You need as many different sizes of containers as you can get because a lab is never complete without these. Containers include beakers, buckets, bowls etc., where your ingredients would be placed in for further use.
Ideally at least two weighing scales (with different precisions) are recommended in every start-up laboratory. Scales would help ensure accuracy in measurement. Get weighing scale
It is a known fact that in formulation, we would sometimes need to measure small volumes of liquids. This is done with a pipette. They are also relatively cheap. Get pipettes here.
Most of your formulation would be pH dependent. As much as a pH strip is good to have, it does not give as precise a reading as the pH meter would. Hence, investing in a pH meter cannot be overemphasized. Find pH meter here.
Another important parameter to measure in formulations is temperature. This is so because different ingredients function at different temperatures. Therefore, thermometers make an important lab tool. We recommend at least two thermometers in order to ensure accurate readings. Find Thermometer here.
While it may seem easy to mix up products using a spatula, having a mixer ensures a better and more homogenous blend. Find mixer here.
In order to ensure optimal sanitary conditions, gloves are a must have. They also serve as protection for your skin as wearing them means the skin is not in direct contact with ingredients that may be damaging. Find gloves here.
An electric cooker would come in handy especially because, parts of some formulation processes involve a heat and cool phase. Find electric cooker here.
Of course this is a no-brainer. Of what use is a formulation laboratory without raw materials to work with?
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So that’s it! You can always build up on the list as your laboratory expands. Did we miss out an essential tool? Do let us know by leaving a comment below. We would love to also see photos of your laboratory setup!