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  • W/Si Foundation.. Homogeniser crisis?!

    Posted by lola_falade on June 26, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Hello everyone!

    This is my first of many posts :)
    I have just finished my BSc Cosmetic Science degree at London College of Fashion and I am looking to start my own business, I have my formula ready and carried out stability testing while I was still at university. I now want to start producing small batches (500g/1kg) of the foundation at home. The formula is cold process so I do not need that much equipment however I am stuck on where I can find an homogeniser that is relatively inexpensive. Any ideas on where I could purchase one??

    Thanks,
    Lola
    Microformulation replied 8 years, 12 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Microformulation

    Member
    June 26, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    You may want to consider sourcing out a used Homogenizer at first either on EBay, LabX or a similar website. If you look hard you will see some deals.  A new piece of equipment can be pricy and quite an investment. I have spoken with several people who have bought less expensive “imported” homogenizers. In general they have had bad experiences as the equipment is difficult to repair and difficult to get replacement parts if needed.

  • Bill_Toge

    Member
    June 26, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    if by “inexpensive” you mean “several hundred pounds but probably less than £1000”, try a model A Greaves mixer:

    http://greaves.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/High_Shear_Lab_Mixers.pdf

    also, apropos of nothing, until now I had no idea there were any UK-based academic qualifications in cosmetic science

    since it’s essentially a mixture of industrial science and engineering, I’d be very interested to know how it’s taught

  • lola_falade

    Member
    June 26, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    @Microformulation I’m a bit sceptical with ebay, there are a lot of no name brands. Should that matter at all? Because like you said they are often tied to bad experiences. I will look into Labx though, thank you!

    @Bill_Toge Yes, quite a few people don’t know about the course but it is definitely growing in number! The course teaches a range of different sciences (chemistry, surface chemistry, s
    microbiology and skin biology). As well as formulation development, legislation, marketing, packaging technology and perfumery in the 1st and 2nd year. Third year you can decide to go on placement in the industry for one year. I did mine with a fragrance house. Then final year you work on your final project and write your dissertation. 
    Thanks for the link, I’ll check it out now!
  • Microformulation

    Member
    June 26, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    On Ebay you can get some Silverson’s which are the gold standard. You are right to be careful with any brands that you don’t recognize.

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