Hi! Newbie here.
We have been running a very amateur liquid soap making operation for a year. As in - fully made and mixed by hand and sold at farmers markets/to friends. The consistency of our soap is not very even, and in general it doesn't seem as 'polished' as a mass market body wash. That's always been the charm of super hand-made farmers market stuff!
We're looking to scale up operations and begin doing e-commerce and selling into other businesses. We have to start making a more professional products.
Our soap is of the 'all natural' type (that's the branding), and the ingredients are roughly as follows (this may not be important to the question but I'm including it for full info):
Saponified oils of Coconut and Olive, Jojoba Oil, Guar Gum, Glycerin Extract, Aloe Vera, and a few different essential oils.
Should we invest in a mixer? Is such a machine really something that any respectable small-to-medium business uses during the manufacturing of liquid soap?
We use a little stick blender to make the 'saponified' ingredients, sure, but after that, when all the ingredients are combined to make the finished product, we've never had a mixer to really help things. Some of these 'high shear' mixers I've been reading about might help with consistency, reduce opaqueness of the final product (clear is better, but we never achieve it), etc. Perhaps there are many benefits that I'm unaware of.