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Starting a Cosmetics Production Business In Nigeria – Body Creams and Lotions

by Ogbeifun Daniel

Starting a cosmetics production business outfit is a dream come true for anyone in Nigeria now, being that the cosmetic niche is a big fortune earner.

In the market today, there are many makes and brands of body creams and lotions and they all come expensive. Starting a cosmetics production business is a sure winner; or you could decide to produce body cream for the entire household and cut down on expenses that would otherwise have been used to purchase such creams.

In this write up, I am going to show you all that’s needed in starting a cosmetics production business in Nigeria and start producing body creams and lotions as well as cocoa butter cream; both on a large scale for household purpose.

But first, let’s have a look at some of the chemical components of body creams and their functions.

Croda Wax – available as white soft round chips; it is added to creams to complement building function. It has a low melting point and improves both the quality and quantity of the product.

Starting a Cosmetics Production Business – Main Chemical Components

Paraffin Oil – this is a binding agent that aids in uniting all the chemicals together. It also enhances the glossy look of the cream.

Petroleum Jelly – improves texture of the cream and makes the skin shine out on application.

Colour Pigments – this is an optional requirement; which is only used when a coloured product is required. If it’s to be used only water soluble colours should be included.

Cetyl Alcohol – this is not actually an alcoholic product but an emollient or emulsifier gotten from coco nuts. It has no burning effect and actually makes the skin smoother and fresher.

Vitamin E – it is nourishing, healing and freshening to the skin.

Borax – it’s a building agent and also enhances the quantity of the cream.

Perfume – it gives the product a nice pleasing fragrance. Perfumes are available in a wide range of varieties and all you need do is pick a choice.


  • Mixing tank
  • Heating system
  • Weighing scale
  • Containers for packaging

Industrial Formula – Starting a Cosmetics Production Business

  • Croda wax  3kg
  • Paraffin oil  500g
  • Petroleum jelly  100g
  • Colour pigment
  • Cetyl alcohol 500g
  • Vitamin E  500g
  • Borax 1kg
  • Water 20 litres
  • Perfume


  • Set the mixing tank on the heating system. Heat slowly, that is on low heat.
  • Pour in the croda wax
  • Pour in the petroleum jelly
  • Pour in the paraffin oil
  • Pour in the borax
  • Pour in the cetyl alcohol
  • As the above chemicals are being dissolved, heat the water with a separate heater
  • Stir the chemicals vigorously to ensure proper combination and then remove from heat.
  • At this point, pour the hot water into the mixing tank and stir thoroughly
  • Add the vitamin E. Keep on stirring until the mixture thickens. Improper mixing will result to lumps.
  • Add the colour and perfume; and your product is ready.

Household Formula – Starting a Cosmetics Production Business

  • Croda wax 6 table spoons
  • Paraffin oil 1 table spoon
  • Petroleum jelly 1/5 table spoon
  • Colour pigment
  • Cetyl alcohol 1 table spoon
  • Vitamin E 1 table spoon
  • Borax 2 table spoon
  • Water (hot) 3 milk tins
  • Perfume


  • Pour the croda wax into a clean container place on fire
  • Add petroleum jelly
  • Add the paraffin oil
  • Add the borax
  • Add the cetyl alcohol
  • Add the hot water
  • Stir the mixture thoroughly and then add vitamin E
  • Keep on stirring until a thick mixture is obtained and then add colour and perfume
  • Finally, your body cream is ready.

Cocoa Butter Cream Production

Household Formula

  • Glycerine 1 ½ cups
  • Stearic acid 1 cup
  • Cocoa butter (food grade) 200g
  • Ammonia 1 table spoon
  • Water 2 cups
  • Boric acid ½ tea spoon
  • Essential oil (optional) 60 drops


  • Combining the glycerine, stearic acid and cocoa butter, melt the ingredients in a pot over low heat; while stirring constantly and being careful not to burn the mixture.
  • While the mixture above is still melting, heat the water. The water should not be allowed to boil. Set this aside.
  • Now remove the melted cocoa butter, glycerine and stearic acid from the heat and transfer the mixture into a mixing bowl. Add ammonia, stir with a spoon or whisk until you get a milky mixture.
  • Using a separate mixing bowl, combine the boric acid with the reserved warm water. Stir thoroughly until it’s well combined.
  • Now add the boric acid mixture to that of the cocoa butter mixture. Stir thoroughly at a high speed for about 10 minutes.
  • If you want your cream to have a unique scent, then this is the time to add perfume. If you are using a mixture of essential oils, combine them in a bowl before adding them to the mixture. If however using one essential oil, you could add directly to the mixture.
  • Finally, package the cream in airtight containers and let the mixture stay for two weeks before using on the skin.

In conclusion, absolute caution should be taken when working with ammonia. It is advisable to wear protective eye wears. Also, the environment of usage should be well ventilated.

Body Lotion Production

Body lotions are lighter in form than body creams and are often expensive in the market place. Going into body lotion production is an enterprise that could change ones fortune for good if carried out properly. The same apparatus used in body cream production treated earlier are also needed in producing body lotion.

I have listed below the chemicals and products needed in kick-starting body lotion production.

Industrial Formula

  • Croda wax   5kg
  • Paraffin oil  250g
  • Colour pigment
  • Vitamin E  250g
  • Cetyl alcohol  250g
  • Borax 1kg
  • Water 20 litres (or as required)
  • Formalin 1 table spoon
  • Perfume

Household Formula

  • Croda wax 6 table spoons
  • Paraffin oil 2 table spoons
  • Colour pigment
  • Vitamin E 1 table spoon
  • Cetyl alcohol 1 table spoon
  • Borax 2 table spoons
  • Water 6 milk tins
  • Formalin 1 drop
  • Perfume


The procedure for the household formula and industrial formula are the same.

  • On a heating system, set the mixing tank on low heat
  • Now pour in the croda wax
  • Pour in the paraffin oil
  • Pour in the borax
  • Add the colour pigment which should be water soluble
  • Pour in the acetyl alcohol
  • Add the formalin. Stir thoroughly and remove from heat
  • Add the hot water. Stir thoroughly. Add the [perfume
  • Finally, package in airtight containers. Your body lotion is now ready

Frankly, the ease and economy of starting a cosmetics production business in Nigeria producing body cream and lotion makes it an ideal business. It doesn’t require much capital to start and it is lucrative. Once you start, you are going to find it difficult to stop producing more. I wish you the best.

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Dabby May 25, 2018 - 10:00 pm

Wow! Thanks a lot. I love this site

Angelo Abraham October 6, 2018 - 4:33 pm

I wont to start body cream and lotion production. I need to test in a lab before marketing and you to introduce to me a lasting perfume also help me in marketing. I have make some but not yet in market because i need to run a test so help in anyway i will be great full Thanks

MIDAS TOUCH January 31, 2019 - 12:49 pm

This is educative

MIDAS TOUCH January 31, 2019 - 12:51 pm

This is great


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