Manufacturing enthusiasts world over have always had a dream to make or copy some of the popular products in the world that have been perceived to be of superior quality or the ones with a lot income generating portfolio, with the sole aim of driving sales of their new products of similar kind. Such items include, but not limited to detergents, antiseptic liquids perfumes etc. Some popular products with high profile on sales record in the world include Dettol, OMO, Harpic, KIWI, Coca-Cola…. and the list is endless.

A closer look at the history of these products reveals one spectacular common denominator among them: The mother companies of these products have a long history of research, are more than 100 years old, and have maintained the secrets of their formulas at the highest levels. Take, for example, Dettol. Dettol has its trade mark distinctive aroma derived from pine oil with which the general population has come to associate hospitals and healing capabilities. The “clouding effect” that forms when the Dettol is diluted in water is also a long kept secret that distinguishes the product from all other antiseptic brands in the market including Savlon, Lysol, Roberts etc. However, research has now demonstrated why some products like Dettol Liquid antiseptic forms cloud when poured into water. The research has also demonstrated the true source of the characteristic Aroma that is the trademark of Dettol.

Many first-time manufacturers fancy these qualities and, in their quest to mimic the original characteristics of these popular products, they grope around in darkness searching for the elusive original formulas.

Manufacturing secrets that were guarded with a lot of care are now in public domain thanks to the Internet. But to get the right information concerning some of the more specific finer details about ingredients that produce qualities of these products is an uphill task, always falling prey of fraudulent internet cartels that sell you “e-formulas or e-books” that contain outdated, incorrect and impractical procedures. For example, some sites (in as far away as India) will sell an e-book with a formula on how to make Vaseline Petroleum Jelly or OMO, only to realize that the formulas you bought are outdated and unworkable. These formulas will contain some ingredients such as Borax, Beeswax etc when referring to procedures on how to make Powder detergent and Petroleum Jelly respectively. They will usually tell you to measure one cup, one Table Spoon, etc instead of giving you the scientific standard metric units and procedures. On the other hand, credible organizations will sell you the correct procedure but at usually a very pricy tag. I know of an Indian online company listed on e-bay that sells a Petroleum Jelly procedure for 20,000 Ksh. Despite the procedure being original and credible, the pricing is too high for an aspiring first-time small scale producer.

In our career of teaching formulations, we have come across numerous enquiries from the public interested in knowing how to make this or that. Their points of interests concern the distinctive qualities of certain products that do well in market. E.g. A number of manufacturing enthusiasts has shown a lot of keen interest in making Antiseptic liquid products with the “clouding effect” or the distinctive Aromatic fragrance seen in Dettol. As a consultancy and training company with production experience and remarkable time of research, we have never let them down.

Liquid Antiseptic should not be mistaken with liquid disinfectant. The former is for use on the human body for First Aid applications, cleaning wounds, minor cuts and abrasions while the latter is for sterilizing inanimate objects like floor, benches, walls etc. Their formulations are very different.

A liquid Antiseptic can be formulated in a variety of ways acceptable with various regulatory agencies. Given the chief role that liquid Antiseptic plays, i.e sterilizing wounds, cleaning skin cuts and abrasions, etc, the active ingredients in such products must be able to meet this specific role. This means that a liquid Antiseptic can have as many formulas as possible, provided it can meet the expectations. Some of the popular ingredients with antiseptic properties are Chlorohexidine, Terpineol, DCMX, etc. They can be used singularly or in combinations. Many formulas can arise from various combinations of these ingredients.

In the market, we have various types of liquid Antiseptics, popular among them being Lysol, Dettol, Savlon, Roberts, etc. Each antiseptic brand possesses a different formula. But probably, Dettol, being the oldest of all is particularly more popular due to its distinctive characteristic aroma and physical qualities like soapy texture and clouding effect. They are these characteristics that propel its sales more than most recent products of the same class. Many people associate Dettol with hospital care and superb healing properties. But, being what they are, all Antiseptic disinfectants are equal when it comes to performing their general roles of hygiene care.


With research developments and newer ways of manufacturing, there are several formulas of making a liquid antiseptic, and with a creative mind, you can make your product possess the qualities of a preferred product (of a similar class) in the market. What do I mean? I mean you can create a high quality liquid antiseptic with a totally different formula (from that of the already existing products) even with the ability to form cloud effect upon dissolving in water, or even with a natural aroma like that of Dettol, and gold yellow color with soapy feeling. What you may probably never get on the Internet is the complete formula specifically for Dettol, especially the trademark ouzo (water clouding) effect. Why? Because it’s a closely guarded secret dating back in mid 19th century by the mother company situated in Egypt. Even their competitors. But we teach and reveal the prototype formula.

So what makes the Dettol brand turn milky or cloudy when mixed with water? Our organization, through intensive research (glory be to God) in biochemistry , has demystified the chemical properties that bring about clouding (ouzo) effect and other characteristics inherent in some of the world’s popular liquid antiseptic brands like Dettol™.

In this modern age where over 60% of the world’s population is health conscious and with power to spend, liquid antiseptics have found a place in almost every household. Reckitt Benckiser, the owner of Dettol Liquid antiseptic brand has popularized the concept of the use of antiseptic products for minor cuts, First Aid application and general hygiene care. In trying to keep their brands aloft, tough competitions among rival owners of antiseptic brands like Reckitt Benckiser of Dettol and Johnson & Johnson of Savlon have arisen through media campaigns and commercials. This has further led to more awareness about the use and benefits of Antiseptics. Now, the market has already been created for you. What is lacking is a new brand promising better benefits, more pocket friendly and with visual concept designs… and whoop! There you are in business. Customers love cheaper but high quality products. Newer products in the market also attract curiosity of the consumers and this is a big plus for your new venture. Go for it. An average cost of production for 100mls of a liquid antiseptic is about Ksh. 7.

As part of our anniversary celebrations, the directors of Cosmetics Kenya Limited have announced a subsidized cost for the training in liquid antiseptic complete with classical trademark characteristics of Dettol-the cloud effect (also known as ‘Ouzo effect’), strong Dettol aroma and the distinctive Dettol color. This training will run from June 21st to July 10th. All are welcome! Book your training on telephone number 0723424240. We also sell Saphonol™ an antiseptic Base with ouzo (cloud effect). Visit our Facebook page to see a live demo.
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  1. Am an entrepreneur Ghanaian , please i want to go into the production of dettol. Please, help me to make my dream comes into reality.

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