starting your perfume business

Smells Like Profit: Basic Tools You Need for Your Perfume Business

Over the five years leading to 2017, the perfume and fragrance manufacturing industry in the US enjoyed economic growth. More and more consumers spent money on luxury goods in both cosmetics and department stores. In 2017 alone, the industry reached $3 billion in revenue. This data is according to the most recent market report by industry research firm IBISWorld.

If you’re starting a business in this industry, you don’t necessarily have to start big and compete with the giants. Instead, you can run a small perfume business. You can start by drafting a business plan, which includes your product offerings, your target resellers, startup costs, and projected cash flow. On the manufacturing side, you also have to consider where to get your containers and how you plan to make the product. Once the product is made, you also have to consider how to package it. If the business is relatively smaller, there are some basic tools you can’t be without:

Measuring Equipment

In the creation of the perfume, hygiene and accuracy should be the top priorities. To filter fragrances and measure all raw ingredients accurately, you should use measuring equipment like glass measuring cylinders, beakers, and flasks. You should also have a thermometer if a recipe requires a certain temperature for a specific ingredient. But before you use any of these tools, you should wash the glass cylinders and flasks with soapy water and sterilize them with ethanol.

Digital Scale

While cylinders and flasks can do a good job measuring your raw ingredients like oils and other liquids, you can also use a digital scale to weigh out the blends. Digital scales are the best tools you can use for replication of formula and volume accuracy.

Disposable Plastic Pipettes

Pipettes are vital in the entire perfume-making process. You use these to carefully and accurately transfer small amounts of different liquids. They can also be heat-sealed to store samples. While glass Pasteur pipettes come with distinct advantages, such as resistance to high temperature, solvents, and acids, a small-scale perfume business should use disposable plastic pipettes, instead. That is because it is not advisable to use the same dropper for various fragrances. Otherwise, you risk mixing different scents, especially if you haven’t properly sterilized the glass pipette.

Testing Strips

Since you’re now running a business, you might want to get the suggestions and recommendations of as many people as possible regarding your product. You can do so with testing strips, which are free from contaminants. So why not just spray the scent on the body? Perfumes react according to body chemistry, oils, odor, and temperature, which may, in turn, affect the fragrance. The strips, on the other hand, provide a neutral testing area, allowing the true fragrance to come forth.

Bottles and Vials

Once you’ve perfected your signature scents, it’s time to place them in stylish bottles and vials. These not only serve as your containers but are also a representation of your brand, just like any other packaging product. You must make sure that they are well-sterilized and free from pollutants and other chemicals, so they don’t compromise the quality of your perfume.

Like your raw ingredients – oils, flowers, and spring water – the basic tools are necessary and crucial to your budding business. Invest in high-quality products and make sure that you take care of them properly.  Also, be meticulous about proper sterilization and storage of all implements and containers, to ensure that your perfume smells the way it should. From the packaging perspective, if you’re small and just starting out, or expanding your business, you may want to invest in bigger tools, like our filling machines. With machines from small and simple bench top fillers to fully automatic filling lines, we are your solution for filling equipment. Fill out this form for information about our products.