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How To Make Cleansing Milk

Updated on May 29, 2011

This post deals with following topics:

  1. What is cleansing milk?
  2. Formula for making cleansing milk.
  3. How to make cleansing milk.
  4. Labeling requirements for cleansing milk.

What Is Cleansing Milk?

Cleansing milk is oil in water type of emulsion designed to remove facial make up and clean facial skin. It should remove oil from skin. Cleansing milk is designed to remove surface grime from face and neck.

A well-balanced cleansing milk formula leaves an emollient residue film on skin, which is protective in dry condition. This cream and lotion by combination of water and solvent action of mineral oil effect cleaning action of skin surface effectively.

Generally cleansing milk is spread on skin surface using fingertips and massaged to surface of the skin where cleansing is desired. This action serves to loosen and suspend grime surface and oil. A subsequent wipe with cotton removes majority of applied cleansing lotion and skin oil, grime and facial make up.

Cleansing preparation should have medium to high percentage of oily phase, which should be easily spread able. Major constituent is mineral oil, it is odorless and is not subjected to rancidity, inexpensive, good solvent for grease, oil and facial make up. It has advantage that it remains on skin long enough to allow mechanical removal.
Marketed preparations

  • Oriflame Cleansing Milk
  • Lakme Cleansing Mils
  • Clean & clear Cleansing Milk
  • Avon Cleansing Milk

Cleansing Milk Formula

Calculation for making 250ml
Mineral oil
25 ml
Cetyl alcohol
1.25 ml
Stearic acid
7.5 ml
Triethenol amine
4.5 ml
Methyl paraben
o.45 ml
Propyl paraben
0.05 ml
Water sufficient to make
250 ml
In sufficient quantiy

How To Make Cleansing Milk

Step 1: Oil soluble components that make oily phase of the emulsion are weighed and mixed in accordance with the given formula.  This means cetylalcohol, prapyl paraben, stearic acid are dissolved in mineral oil. The resultant mixture is heated to 70 degree Celsius in a pharmaceutical grade container.

Step 2: Oil soluble components are weighed separately to make the aqueous phase of the emulsion. Namely methyl paraben & triethenol amine is dissolved in water and heated to 70 degree Celsius in a separate pharmaceutical grade container.

Step 3: Both the phases are mixed slowly at 70 degree Celsius and stirred vigorously till it comes to room temperature. The emulsion forms in this way.

Step 4: To the prepared emulsion now add sufficient quantity of perfume before transferring it to a labeled container.

The label should display the following information:

  1. Name of the product
  2. Contents: Name and percentage of any active ingredient if added to preparation.
  3. Net Weight:  As present in the final container.
  4. Manufacturing License Number as obtained by regulatory authority of your country.
  5. Manufacturing Batch Number: As applicable
  6. Manufacturing Date – Month and year of manufacturing.
  7. Expiry Date – Month and year of expected expiry.
  8. Maximum Retail Price- As applicable.
  9. Place Of Manufacturing- Address of the plant where it is manufactured.


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      chetan 5 years ago

      thanks where can i get all this raw material nd machine plz contact me in