Please critique my equipment for home lab.
I plan to make skincare at home to sell. (I live in the Philippines and, while I strive to be as sanitary/lab-grade as possible, it’s not a requirement for small, home-based cosmetics businesses here, so no need to worry about that.) I will be making everything from balms to serums to creams. Currently, I use a double boiler, microwave, stick blender, and good ol’ elbow grease to mix.
After scouring this forum for information on all things equipment, I’ve whittled everything down to the following:
1. Microwave (water phase)
2. Hot plate (oil phase)
3. 1 pc. Overhead stirrer
4. KitchenAid mixer
I initially thought I would need a magnetic stirrer, but several people have pointed out that this would be useless for higher viscosity solutions. I also planned to get a commercial grade stick blender but I read it wouldn’t be as good as an overhead stirrer. For low shear mixing, I figured a KitchenAid would do the trick, as I have an extra one lying around.
Would these 4 equipment be a good starting point?