Because people love to smell good, making perfume and cologne can be a profitable home-based business for small start-up entrepreneurs. The steps in making them are easy and the profit margins can be as high. You just need to follow a standard formulation to make quality scents, says Ronald Barangan, resource speaker of the Ultima Entrepinoy Forum Center\\\'s skill and livelihood training department.
[related|post]To start, you will need the following laboratory equipment: a 10 kg weighing scale or kitchen scale, plastic cups, a stirring rod, a small beaker and a 1,000ml beaker, and a volumetric flask with cover.
The raw materials for this project are as follows: Prices may not reflect market conditions
- 70 g triple deodorized alcohol (TDOH) at about P200 per liter
- 15 g fragrance at P500 per 100 g
- 5 g muscol (MCL) at P400 per 100 g
- 5 g moisturizer (propylene glycol or PPG) at P250 per liter
- 5 g distilled water at P10 per 300 ml.
For packaging, you may use either an atomizer bottle (spray) with a net content of 5 ml or roll-on glass bottles with a net content of 10 ml. These are available at the Divisoria Market in Manila. For a list of articles on Divisoria click here.
To start, put all the raw materials-except the alcohol-in small plastic containers or beakers for weighing. The alcohol needs to be weighed last because it easily evaporates when exposed to air.
For accuracy, all of the ingredients must be weighed in grams. Barangan says that getting the exact weight is crucial: "If you bungle the measurements, you\\\'ll bungle the formulation."
First, weigh the beaker or the plastic cups on the weighing scale. Make sure to adjust the scale to zero before taking your measurements. While on top of the scale, fill the beaker or the plastic cups with the ingredients and weigh.