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Topic: How do I get started making my own beauty prods.?  (Read 970 times)
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« on: February 01, 2009 06:19:37 PM »

I've seen so many talented Craftsters on here making their awesome vegan lip balms, and body butters, soaps, even mineral makeup, however...how does one get started with that?
I've read some books but if I dunno jack on this topic how would I know where to get started, where to look? I'm so super lost in all this that its frustrating.

My love for skin care and all around beauty prod. makes me want to make my own at home but I just don't know how to do it. Eventually my dream is to sell them but I don't think its fair for me to ask someone on this board who is already doing that how THEY got started....alas I'm at a loss

HELP PLEASE! I feel like I'm drowning in an overwhelming sea of internet information and don't know where to look. HELP!

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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2009 06:48:13 PM »

well..I guess it starts by asking what it is you'd be the most interested in..soaps,lip balms,make up..

and read up on it..try some recipes,figure out what you like and what you dont..

this list is great put in a search and see what you can read up on..

start at one thing and see what you like and dont like about making it..maybe soaping is not what you like but you like lip butters/balms..

its super fun to try out new stuff and even better once you figured out a product that you like..

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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2009 07:15:55 PM »

I agree with Smittenheart: write out a list of what interests you and what does not. Then analyze things piece by piece. For instance: are you comfortable working with caustic chemicals (sodium hydroxide)? If not, then cold process soap may not be your bag quite yet; perhaps start with melt and pour soap making and progress from there.

Second: What is your motivation for making your own stuff? Do you want vegan products? Organic? Maybe you just want all natural (no artificial colors and preservatives)? Those are excellent ways to start weeding through the plethora of information on the internet. If you want vegan stuff, you know to avoid tutorials on how to render beef tallow and where to buy the best lard.

Third: Think "small" at first. Selling your wares is a great goal, but start by making stuff and enjoying it. That way you'll learn what is good, what is not good. That is crucial before you sell. Wink

Fourth: Check out suppliers for kits. Bramble Berry has awesome kits that will get you into the feel of stuff. Start simple with lip balms, melt and pour soaps, bath bombs, etc. Sure you may use a pre-made base, but it'll give you an idea where to begin.

Once you figure out where you want to start and what your motivation is (that's right, Norma Desmond), you'll find a TON of willing and helpful people on this board and a gaggle of tutorials to help you on your way.  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2009 12:02:45 AM »

Not to throw more info at you, but here are some links that have been compiled by members of this board...ie, we have found them useful, so at least it is narrowed down a little from just the entire internet!

Suppliers and getting started~ https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=202977.0

Also, when picking a few products to start out with, I would recommend picking things that use the same ingredients so you don't go crazy buying things. Some basic oils and beeswax can be used in lip balms and lotion bars, that kinda thing!

When experimenting, find a recipe, make a very small batch, and see how you like it. Tweak whatever you need to so that it is how you want it, and take copious notes so you don't forget what you did! A 3 ring binder is great to keep things together.


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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2009 02:29:46 PM »

You have had some great suggestions already.  As far as soap you can make a really nice recipe w/ oils from the grocery store but lye might be more difficult to find.  I started w/ m&p soap and it as very rewarding and then I moved on from there.  You can get some decent m&p bases from places like Michaels & Hobby Lobby so you won't have to pay shipping. 

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