While makeup and skincare have always been part of the conversation, they have never been more popular. Earlier, people usually stuck to cleaning their faces and applying moisturizer. And now everyone is obsessed with 10-step morning routines! Moreover, TV shows like Euphoria and RuPaul’s Drag Race have amassed a cult following of beauty junkies.
With the skincare and wellness culture at its peak, many people are joining the movement with DIY products. Other than personal use, you can gift these products to your friends and even consider selling them online.
If you are new to the world of DIY skincare and cosmetics, here are some things to keep in mind when creating homemade products.
Researching is paramount if you want to create safe and effective products. Considering that these products will likely come in direct contact with your skin, you cannot afford to make mistakes. There is plenty of literature available for DIYing lip balms, soaps, face masks, bath bombs, highlighters, and so on.
Not Investing in High-Quality Ingredients
Your products are only as good as the ingredients. Even if you are on a tight budget, don’t compromise with the quality of ingredients. Fortunately, there are several suppliers offering a wide range of ingredients at affordable prices. From lip flavor oils to cocoa butter, you can purchase high-quality ingredients without spending a fortune.
Using Kitchen Tools
When you’re starting out, your kitchen tools may do the job of concocting products for personal use. However, if you are planning to make products for gifting or selling, your pots and pans may not be enough. Rather than risking cross-contamination, it would be better to invest in mixing and measuring tools for DIY products.
From an unclean workstation to unsanitized tools, neglecting hygiene can make your products unfit for use. It’s imperative that you prioritize the highest standards of cleanliness at every step of the way. Stock up essential cleaning products and routinely sterilize your equipment. We also recommend wearing gloves when formulating products.
Forgetting About Preservatives
Just because you are planning to develop an organic product range doesn’t mean you can skip preservatives. Several commonly used ingredients don’t have a long shelf life and can become rancid. Particularly, if your product contains water, it needs preservatives to prevent contamination and oxidation.
Do you want to stay clear of harsh chemicals? Some commonly used natural preservatives include salicylic acid, grapefruit seed extract, castor oil, and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA).
Not Paying Attention to Containers
Apart from preservatives, containers play a key role in protecting your products from microbial contamination and sun exposure. Furthermore, picking the right style of containers is important if you want to market and sell your products.
Producing Large Amounts
During your initial foray into the world of DIY skincare, we recommend starting slow with smaller quantities. Since you’re finding your feet and experimenting, it would be wasteful to produce large amounts of products. You can produce bigger batches once you nail down the formula.
Not Measuring PH
Depending on the product, you need to be mindful of the pH. For example, the pH for facial toners typically falls between 5 and 7. Knowing the pH is also necessary for selecting a suitable preservative.
Though there is an abundance of skincare and other cosmetic products available on the market, it’s difficult to figure out all the ingredients. Moreover, it isn’t easy to establish whether these ingredients were ethically sourced or not. This is where DIY products come into the picture. In addition to controlling the ingredients, making products at home also allows you to save more.