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INNOVATION IN THE PRODUCTION OF A CREAM BASED ON THERMAL WATERS FROM THE SURROUNDIGS OF THE ARENAL VOLCANO IN COSTA RICA

German L Madrigal Redondo*, Rolando Vargas Zúñiga, Gustavo Carazo Berrocal, Nils Ramírez Arguedas

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Introduction: Since 2009 the University of Costa Rica, through the Faculty of Pharmacy, is dedicated to promote a model of development in cosmetics in small and medium industries in rural or poorest areas of Costa Rica, in which female heads of household are leading the company,. aA successful example of this model is microenterprise Biosphere, located in the province of Alajuela, canton of San Carlos, District Fortune, which produces cosmetics based on hot springs and peloids obtained in the surroundings of the Arenal Volcano, which are characterized and formulated at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Research (INIFAR). Objective: Formulate a cream based on hot springs with renewable natural resources, cosmetic features, and high in content of minerals and high in content of minerals and not physicochemically unstable due to this composition. Methods: the raw materials and formulations were characterized by physicochemical tests such as pH, rheology, density, and organoleptic tests, and a formula were selected due to this characterized attributes. Results and conclusions: an stable formulation at high mineral content, HLB 6.82 , thixotropic adequate bed-wetting characteristics, pH 5.0 -7.0 , and without overheating with the friction, useful as the base was obtained for massage spas were obtain.

Keywords: Hot Springs, physicochemical properties, cosmetics, Social Development, microenterprise, peloids, SMEs, link Partner Enterprise-University -Society.


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