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Lipstick Manufacturing with High Shear Mixing
Cosmetic Industry

Mixing Equipment for Lipstick Manufacturing

Today, lipstick comes in an astonishing range of colors and styles. It’s also big 
business: The global lipstick market was valued at $13 billion in 2020 and is 
expected to grow to almost $19 billion by 2025. Lipstick is made by melting and mixing wax, oil, pigments, and fragrances. The process is relatively simple, but the better the equipment, the better the product.

Scott Mixers designs, develops and delivers high-performing, long-lasting 
high-shear mixing systems that provide the superior agitation, dispersion, and 
homogenization action required to make high-quality lipstick.

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Manufacturing Process

Lipsticks are manufactured by mixing heated oil and melted wax, blending them together, then adding and dispersing pigment into the mixture for color. Waxes used include beeswax, carnauba, candelilla, and ozokerite (ceresin). Oils used include mineral oil, castor oil, and lanolin. Pigment provides color, while functional additives such as fragrances, emollients, and preservatives are added to provide structure, impact appearance, and to provide easy & uniform application.

Lipsticks typically consist of between 50 and 70 percent oil, 20 and 30 percent wax, and between 5 and 15 percent pigment. All raw materials used to make lipstick are strictly regulated by health authorities, including the EU and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The main processes for manufacturing lipstick are heating, melting, mixing, cooling, and filling.




Oil is heated to a temperature between 175 and 185° F or between 80 and 85°C in a process vessel.


Using a steam jacketed kettle, wax is melted until it can be mixed with the heated oil.


The melted wax is added to oil, agitated and blended together using a mixer. The mixer is started when the product is partially liquefied. Pre-milled pigment is then added to the mixture and dispersed with a high shear mixer to create a uniform product. Strong centrifugal fluid forces and velocities generated by high-speed rotation of the specially designed mix head, rapidly disperses and homogenizes the materials.


The mixture is cooled slightly before fragrances, preservatives, and other ingredients are added.


The slightly cooled mixture is poured into lipstick molds – filling the molds - then cooled even further to solidify.



Common Problems

Cosmetics operations must contend with several challenges during the manufacturing process:

Product consistency:  Mixtures are pumped into a colloid mill to attain uniform color and consistency. Colloid mills have low throughput, require more equipment to run, and are difficult to clean between batches. This process takes time, costs money, and decreases efficiency and productivity.

Long process times:  Melting wax is time-consuming, especially when the pieces are large.

Contamination elimination:  Keeping equipment clean and sanitary is essential to eliminate cross-batch contamination.

Delivering Results

Scott Mixers manufactures high-performing, long-lasting, and cost-effective mixing systems for the cosmetic and personal care industries. Our stainless-steel mixers are ideal for helping make the numerous varieties of cosmetic and personal care products. For lipstick manufacturing, Scott Mixers utilizes a mix head that uniquely draws product from the top and bottom of the batch simultaneously, dispersing product rapidly throughout the tank. This rotor technology provides great horizontal and vertical flow, ensuring that the product will be evenly sheared and dispersed, saving you time and resources.

Using Scott Mixers mixing systems in your lipstick manufacturing will: 

  • Boost productivity by significantly decreasing batch times
  • Greatly improve product consistency and texture
  • Save time and money
  • Last a lifetime

Providing The Product You Need

Our mixers and process solution equipment are expertly engineered, skillfully crafted, and rigidly tested to meet your exacting sanitary, food-grade specifications, and handle the most challenging food processing applications.

Whether testing out a new product line or expanding to full-scale production, we supply the high-performing, long-lasting process solution you need for the most challenging uses in the food processing industry.

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Delivering the Service You Deserve

Scott Mixers provides the most complete and comprehensive portfolio of mixers for your application. We also deliver the reliability, experience, quality, and expertise you need to make high-quality products, reduce processing time, reduce operating costs, improve product quality, and increase profitability.



We have been manufacturing pumps and mixers for more than 60 years. We have the unparalleled industry knowledge and impressive mechanical expertise to improve and enhance your processing.


Our pumps and mixers are strong, sturdy, and durable to ensure your processing runs smoothly and safely.


Our equipment is expertly engineered, precisely manufactured to ISO 9001 certification standards[TT1], and rigidly tested to meet or exceed your exact specifications for precision and performance.
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