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  • natural deo stick production

    Posted by natiyo123 on October 23, 2023 at 8:37 pm


    Im a chemist & started a natural deodorant project during the pandemic, I use biobased ingredients and cardboard tubes as packaging. Right now I sell around 30 deos a month and I make them in my kitchen as following:

    1) melt all solid/waxy ingredients using a glass beaker on a lab heating plate

    2) using a stand mixer mix the melted and powder ingredients

    3) add into the mixer the rest of ingredients like fragrance, etc

    4) pour into tubes

    it works for now but I feel like it´s really complicated, messy and difficult to clean. Also, what if I want to make more, for example a batch of 20 kg. What equipment or machines should I look for? any help or tips are appreciated. Also any ideas on how to dispense the product into the tubes? right now its messy and I have to do it in a rush because it solidifies quickly….

    Babel replied 6 months, 1 week ago 4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • chemicalmatt

    October 26, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    @natiyo123 You asked and I will inform, though you may not have the coin but here goes: a steam-jacketed 316 SS kettle with full side-sweep agitator and offset turbine mixer, flush-fit valve. A low-pressure steam generator (15 - 25 psi) with a PLC-controlled steam valve solenoid and J-type thermocouple for temperature control. Transfer - when ready - through a recirculating, insulated 316 or 304 SS sanitary 2.0 inch pipeline traced with an element heat tape to a shrouded multi-head positive displacement filler having a top-mount plenum for product recirculation, preferably with vertically mounted pistons, then feeding into a reciprocating cooling tunnel with minimum 1 meter headspace for air make-up efficiency with the 15,000 btu air cooler. I’ve manufactured millions of hot-fill deodorants, antiperspirants and pomades this way with few production problems. Oh yeah…almost forgot: you will need a few capable employees on the payroll to do this too.

    • Microformulation

      October 26, 2023 at 1:38 pm

      Thankfully your list reinforces my advice, “Don’t manufacture in your kitchen or where food is prepared.”

      • natiyo123

        October 30, 2023 at 7:25 pm

        I know it´s not ideal to make deos in a kitchen but it´s what I can do for now …

        • Microformulation

          October 31, 2023 at 11:11 am

          NEVER share production and food prep spaces. It’s disallowed under every credible standard or text. Its a barrier to overcome not accept.

    • natiyo123

      October 30, 2023 at 7:23 pm

      well at least now I know what to look for in the future hehe… thanks

  • Babel

    December 10, 2023 at 6:30 am

    Glad to hear it.

    Where you live, is it allowed to produce your own deodorant at home for commercial use? Do you need permission for that?

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 1 week ago by  Babel.

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