Cosmetic Pumps: Frequently Asked Questions

A Brief History of the Cosmetic Industry

As the cosmetic industry has been around for thousands of years, a number of various products now fall under the cosmetics umbrella, including facial creams, ointments, make-up, body lotions, hair colour and many other items. It is said that in Egypt, make-up was made with kohl, which was used similarly to eyeliner; other products such as wrinkle creams and ointments for burns were made with ingredients such as gum of frankincense and sycamore juice. Other countries like China were using a mixture of ingredients including beeswax and egg whites in order to stain their nails, whilst people in Japan were making lipstick from flower petals.

During the early 20th Century, make-up is said to have been unpopular and only available in theatrical costume shops. The 20th Century saw Vaseline become popular and the invention of products such as roll-on and aerosol deodorant. The well-known make-up brand Max Factor was also founded in the 20th Century, followed by brands such as Elizabeth Arden, L’Oréal and Revlon. Moving onto the 21stCentury, cosmetics are now highly popular and available in many stores, with online-only retailers specialising in cosmetics and many fashion brands bring cosmetics into their stores. Tapflo pumps are able to pump a wide variety of cosmetics; below is a list of FAQ’s to help you with the basics of pumping cosmetics followed by a case study as an example of how a cosmetic pump would be used.

Cosmetic Pump Frequently Asked Questions

What pump type is best used for pumping cosmetics?

Depending on a number of factors with in a process Tapflo have a number of pumps suitable for cosmetics. All of the pumps in the range would be Sanitary with FDA certificated or have EHEDG approval. We would either recommend one of our Sanitary or EHEDG Diaphragm Pumps which happens to be one of the most versatile sanitary pumps on the market today, or an option of two Hygienic Centrifugal Pumps depending on which grade you would like or a Lobe or Twin Screw Pump for the extra viscous products!

What is the most important thing to consider when specifying a pump for cosmetic products?

Hygiene standards are key when selecting a pump for cosmetic products. Most cosmetic products come into contact with the skin, hair or eyes, therefore ensuring a pump has the right sanitary certification is crucial.

What makes Tapflo’s Diaphragm Pump sanitary and why is it so versatile?

Great question! The Tapflo sanitary pump has been designed in a way that means easy cleaning, low bacteria growth risk and easy maintenance.

  • - Quick dismantling – the clamp system allows rapid dismantling without the need for tools. Tri-clamps also allow for easy clean meaning minimal bacteria growth!
  • - Plain Surface – the sandwich diaphragm has a completely plain surface which eliminates bacteria growth problems. The diaphragm is available in food grade materials (PTFE and White EPDM).
  • - Superior finish – both liquid side and outside of the pumps housing is electro polished to obtain a superior finish and hygiene.
  • - Pollution free air valve – the sealing system is lubrication free, always keeping your product and environment free from oil contamination.
  • - Bracket swivel design allows for easy draining eliminating the risk of bacteria growth within the pump. We have also developed new magnetic valve ball lifters which can empty up to 99% of the contents left within the pump!
  • - Pumping a product that needs to stay hot? Not a problem! We can offer heating jackets for all our sanitary diaphragm pumps meaning the product stays at the same temperature whilst flowing!
Tapflo Sanitary pump diagram
Draining capabilities of a sanitary pump

Cosmetic Pump Case Study

Tapflo were recently approached by a start-up Cosmetics Company manufacturing face scrubs. They needed a pump to empty a 1000l stainless steel tanks containing the face scrub and depositing into a filling line.

Application Details:

Fluid: Peppermint face scrub

Viscosity: 1000cps

Flow Rate: 100lpm

Temperature: Ambient

Solids: Some 1mm chunks

Pipe Work: 1 1/2”

Length of discharge: 6m flexi hose

Suction Condition: 1.5M vertical 2M across

Stainless Steel Diaphragm Pump

Pumping solution offered:

Pump Type: T125 STT Diaphragm with remote stop start

Materials: Stainless Steel and PTFE

Accessories: Tapflo remote start stop

Connection Size: 1 ½”

The pump was installed along with the remote start stop. This means they can start the pump from the filling line and stop the pump when they are happy with the amount of product in the depositing tank. The customer was so happy with the product they have purchased 3 more since to support their growth!

If you require a similar pump or any assistance on fluid handling within your factory then please get in touch on 02380 252 325 or email us at [email protected]

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