Extrusion and Mixing Solutions  for Cosmetic and Personal Care Products

Color cosmetics are a fast-growing market, and rapid development of new, innovative products offers a distinctive advantage. That’s where tools for continuous processing can make a big difference.

A continuously operating twin-screw extruder helps to dramatically reduce development time for mascaras, eyeliners and eyeshadows in both powder and semi-solid forms. Once ready to manufacture, a continuously operating instrument also eliminates the risk of batch-to-batch variations.

Continuously operating twin-screw extruders provide excellent mixing and compounding capabilities for many applications including loose powders and compressed products. They facilitate homogeneous mixtures from different powder and liquid raw materials in just one process step. Processing temperature can be controlled along a wide range and in different zones, which helps control the viscosity of an entire mixture during processing.

Featured instruments for extrusion of cosmetics and personal care products
Pharma 11 Parallel Twin-Screw Extruder
Pharma 16 Twin-Screw Extruder
Pharma 24 Hot Melt Extruder
Easily tailor your mixing process and meet compliance requirements

Individual and configurable screw elements help design mixing properties tailored to your process by alternating mixing zones followed by rest zones. It is possible within one process to have vigorous mixing to disperse agglomerates of one ingredient, for example, and then gentle mixing at a later stage of the process, for example with pearls.

Our twin-screw extruders are fully GMP compliant, helping you meet regulatory demands around the globe. All processing parameters are electronically recorded and available for documentation and submission to regulatory agencies. Benchtop and production size instrumentation is available to fulfill all requirements in the development and manufacturing process. 

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Pharma 16 detail

Rapidly develop cosmetic formulations and adopt continuous processing methods using the Thermo Scientific Pharma 16 Twin-Screw Extruder. Optimize process development parameters with less time and effort than batch processes and easily scale-up to larger Thermo Scientific extruders with minimal amounts of expensive ingredients. 

Pharma 11 Twin-Screw Extruder

Perform material- and labor-effective extrusion with the Thermo Scientific Pharma 11 Twin-Screw Extruder. It requires only a small amount of expensive ingredients. This continuously operating twin-screw extruder can help reduce development time for both powder and semi-solid forms of eye makeup.

Color cosmetics – faster, better, more profitable!

Eye shadow. Mascara. Blush. Consumers want the latest colors in their makeup, so it pays to develop new products more quickly and efficiently. See how mixing via twin-screw extrusion in a continuous process reduces development steps and yields a more consistent and homogeneous end product.

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Color cosmetics