Having the right tools can often make or break your products. This list is a general guide only, for example, if you wish to get into soap making you'll need specific tools.
1) Digital scales (ideally that measure to 0.1g)
The most accurate way to measure your ingredients, both liquids and solids is weight, for this reason, we recommend investing in a good digital scale. Just because something is natural it doesn’t mean it is safe so always take care and use accurate measurements.
Many formulations need to be heated and cooled to specific temperatures, a glass lab or candy thermometer that goes up to 100C is recommended.
3) Electric stick blender
For creating emulsions (creams and lotions)
4) pH strips
Skincare products require a specific pH range to be effective. pH strips are easy to use and are inexpensive so well worth having on hand.
5) Beakers or jugs
Most products are made in phases (combinations of ingredients) eg. A, B, C so it helps to have at least two heatproof glass lab beakers or Pyrex jugs on hand.
6) Double boiler maker
Or metal trivets/rings (a cookie cutter works) - place the beakers on top of this so they don’t touch the bottom of the saucepan.
Protect yourself and your products
8) A notebook
Keep a record of your formulations. Many factors can change the end result, including temperature, humidity, light, ingredient quality so keep notes on what has worked for you so you can easily remake and adapt your products.
9) Other items for stirring and mixing
- Hand whisk
Note: Avoid using aluminum or metal as it can react with plant-based ingredients.