Making a lotion base go further
Hi Everyone. I do a lot of reading here, but remain quiet. I enjoyed Perry’s course.
I have been working with a vegetable based lotion formula for a little while now (not made by me) and I am happy with the results of the base. The base works good as is, the draw back is it doesn’t fill very far.
I would now like to make the this base fill more bottles. Additionally, I would like to explore ideas for adding both gentle and light scents (for those who like perfumed lotions) and/or marketing/efficacy ingredients.
I want to preface this by saying that I am a newbie at this level of formulation. I’ve been in the industry for a longer time, but I am now working towards deeper formulation in house or private lab.
Does anyone have a suggestion as to how they would approach the following set of ingredients to get more fill and/or efficacy? The maker of the base has suggested a distilled water. And this might be the answer. Or there may be more complex answers for this situation.
Here are the base ingredients: Aloe Vera Juice, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Natural Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Vegetable Stearic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin, Silver Dihydrogen Citrate
I filled into 2fl oz HDPE bottles using a pneumatic filler. This worked, but the bottle was only for sampling. It’s not a desirable packaging solution for a production run.
I wanted to inquire additionally if anyone has seen or used a collapsible tube filling and sealing machine that was intended more for smaller runs, 500 to 1000 pieces.
Collapsible tubes with a flip top seem ideal for this product, but I was wanting to perform our batch prep and filling in-house. My next best option is Airless packaging. Expensive on the wholesale side, but very nice in the customer experience. I am not opposed to additional formulation, batching and filling out of house. Near to Texas would cut down on shipping costs.
Thank you very much in advance for your expertise and advice.
I am located in Texas.