How to make & sell organic cosmetics

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How to make & sell organic cosmetics
Organic make-up is a natural alternative to chemical cosmetics. (make-up image by PHOTOFLY from

Living a green and organic lifestyle allows you to experiment with different types of cosmetics and body care products. Making and selling your own homemade organic cosmetics provides you with a hobby that may turn into a lucrative business venture. An endeavour for even the novice, making and marketing organic make-up is enjoyable and rewarding.

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Things you need

  • Assorted cosmetic packaging
  • Assorted mica mineral powder colours
  • Beeswax pastilles
  • Carrier oils
  • Kitchen ware

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    Place a tablespoon of beeswax pastilles in a glass bowl, put the bowl in a microwave and melt.

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    Add two tablespoons of powdered mica mineral. Choose any tone you want, whether you're making lip gloss or cream eyeshadow. Stir in about a teaspoon of carrier oil. Organic coconut oil is popular in natural make-up and body products, but you can also use rose hip, apricot or many other types. Ingredients for natural skincare and cosmetics can easily be found in a craft and hobby supply shop or beauty supply wholesaler online.

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    Pour the coloured, melted mixture into a make-up container of your choosing. For lipsticks and glosses use a lipstick tube or pot. For eyeshadow a plastic pot is useful. These packaging items can be purchased, along with ingredients, from craft and hobby supply stores.

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    Place the warm make-up in the fridge and let it sit for an hour to harden, ready for use. Repeat these basic steps to create several colour variations for lipstick, non-powdered eyeshadow and even cheek rouge.

  5. 5

    Combine a blend of organic mica powders to create powdered make-up. Foundation, covering powder, eyeshadow and even blush can be made easily directly in its package in this manner.

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    Obtain a seller's permit from your local chamber of commerce. Seller's permits allow you to sell goods while collecting sales tax from customers. This, in turn, gives you the ability to pay the government taxes on your home make-up business.

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    Build a blog to discuss your cosmetics with the world. Use a free blogging platform and design it accordingly. Use soothing colours such as pastels, or give your marketing blog a natural, organic feel with greens and earth tones.

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    Market your wares on local notice boards and online. Signing up on resell sites such as is another option., another resell site, is an increasingly popular marketplace for handmade goods such as cosmetics and soaps.

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    Price your products competitively. Make sure to price them so that you at least make back what you spend on the ingredients in your products, but keep the prices reasonable so your customers can enjoy the cosmetics frequently.

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    Have your cosmetics tested. Either use a home PH testing kit, or send the cosmetics to a facility to do the testing for you. The authorities require that natural cosmetics must be at a safe PH for people to purchase and use on their skin. Testing your cosmetics also helps detect bacteria that may get into the cosmetics during preparation. It prevents you from selling unsafe goods. Home testing kits are economical and can be found in craft and hobby supply shops, or through an online wholesaler of soap making supplies. Testing facilities include trade schools, community colleges and universities that offer cosmetology courses. These places can test your products by request.

Tips and warnings

  • Add preservatives such as sodium lactate to your homemade cosmetics to keep them long lasting and fresh. Sodium lactate helps cosmetic formulations last anywhere from nine months to a year. The amount you use depends on each individual recipe, so it's necessary to obtain and study cosmetic recipe books so you can calculate the amounts properly.
  • Attract customers by setting up shop at a local flea market or swap meet. Rent a booth at one of these heavily trafficked marketplaces. Make business cards and hand them out to onlookers.

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