15 UCR Chemistry students were invited to take the Industrial Processes II course in which they get to put their knowledge to the test of creating a fictitious company that designs and markets a product that meets market standards. They learn all parts of the company from designing to producing to marketing.
The group decided to make a shampoo called Argamint, with argan and mint. It is free of sodium and parabens. They worked on quality and then gave it out to friends in exchange of donations used to finance production. They bought raw materials, packaging and labels.
Next, they identified a social welfare project that could benefit. They will donate soaps and disinfectants to Hogar Montiel in Santa Ana, a home serving girls at social risk for 28 years.
The class will also do a project outside of the classroom, in Gandoca, Manzanillo, in which they teach 12 interested individuals the whole panorama for how to make a repellent and a chocolate and hazelnut cream. Over three days they will teach about how to make, conserve and sell the products.