The world of natural and handmade skin care is a popular one. Every day countless new brands launch their carefully formulated lines of cosmetics into the arena. Our industry has become abuzz with fresh faces and hopeful beginners, each dreaming of creating a handmade beauty empire to call their own. But how did they get started? If you want to follow suit, where do you begin? We get this question a lot, and my best advice always remains the same. Start out by formulating GREAT products. When you are ready to start a business, it's best to have a cupboard filled with tried and tested recipes to build it on. When you do reach that point, it's time to reach out to business experts. You won't need my help anymore.
So the next question is: How do you formulate great products? The first step is to prepare yourself for a long journey. The only way to formulate truly great products is through experimentation and experience, and that takes time. You'll have to learn, first hand, how different ingredients behave, what you can expect from a formulation, and how to predict a shelf life. At the very beginning, you'll need to learn the basic components of the most standard bath & body recipes. With the exception of soap, which deserves its own post, (if not its own book), here is a list of starter recipes and articles. Using the links below, you can learn how to make everything from lip balms to bath bombs. Once you master the basics, you can start whipping up your own, totally original formulations.
- Making Bath Bombs
- Blending Handmade Perfume Oils
- Making Powdered Milk Baths
- Making Lotions and Creams
- Making Natural Facial Cleansers
- How to Make Bath Salts
- Making All Natural Body Powders
- Making Natural Deodorants
- Creating Mineral Makeup
- Making Lip Balm
- Making Balms for Dry Skin
- Creating Moisturizing Facial Oils
- Making Salt Scrubs
- How to Use Cosmetic Clays
- How to Make Clay Facials
- How to Make a Body Wrap
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