How to Make Shampoo for a Home-Based Business

Nowadays, commercial shampoos are too expensive, while cheaper ones may contain dangerous chemicals. Offer consumers an alternative by formulating your own brand of all natural shampoos that can be sold at a more affordable price. Best of all, this product takes only a few minutes to finish.

Salons, hotels, luxury liners, or airlines provide shampoo as part of their room service, are possible markets for your un-branded shampoo.

Materials Needed:

  • Surfactant, 130 grams: this allows water and oil to mix (P150/kg)
  • De-ionized water, 793g: water that has been treated to remove minerals (P1.50/kg)
  • FD&C dye as colorant, 1g (P6.50/kg)
  • Stabilizer, 4g (P250/g)
  • PQ-7 as conditioner, 5g (P150/g)
  • M-50 as preservatives, 1g (P1.90/g)
  • CDA as foam booster, 40g (P150/kg)
  • PK771 as pearlizer, 8g (P30/g)
  • TDTA as chelating agent, 1g (P850/kg)
  • SHQ-60 as moisturizer, 13g (P250/kg)
  • Fragrance, 4g (P2.50/g)
  • Industrial salt, 5g (P14/kg)
  • Clean plastic basin
  • Plastic containers
  • Weighing scale
  • A small beaker

You can buy a kit of the raw chemicals from UEC (411-1349, 742-0826) for P150-200, or you can buy them in bulk from chemical manufacturers and retailers.

Getting Started

Be precise and accurate with the measurements of raw materials. Slight differences and mistakes in the order of mixing the ingredients will result in below-standard shampoo (such as with decreased lather and a thin consistency)

  1. Dissolve the surfactant in 700g of de-ionized water using a plastic container. Stir the water continuously in one direction for about 30 minutes until all the surfactant is dissolved. Set aside,
  2. Put de-ionized water in two separate plastic chelating agent and the other to dissolve the industrial salt. Stir until dissolved and then set aside.
  3. Get the dissolved surfactant solution and add the other raw materials in the specified order listed above. Make sure that each chemical is completely dissolved before adding the next one.
  4. Wait for the bubbles to subside. You may cover the solution with cloth. Then use a beaker to pour the shampoo in individual bottles.
  5. Store the finished product away from sunlight. With proper storage, the shampoo can last up to two years.

How Much Will You Make

  • Startup capital: P1,000 for 10 bottles
  • Time to finish: 30 minutes

You may mark up the product up to 100% or sell the shampoo at P50 per 100 grams.

List of chemical manufacturers and retailers

source: Millet Enriquez, www.entrepreneur.com.ph

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