Whether making cosmetics is a hobby or a necessity, it’s a great idea to make your cosmetics at home. There are a lot of chemicals on cosmetics today that are known to be harsh or harmful for your skin, and those without those chemicals can get pricey fast. While there are plenty of people who assume that making your own products will involve a large amount of work, it’s possible to develop a system that allows you to easily create and use your own healthy products. Consider the following steps to get started.

Research ingredients to develop recipes

Do your research to figure out which ingredients you’d like to use in your cosmetics. There are emerging reports that discourage the use of sugar and salt for exfoliating purposes. However, there are many spas and major companies that still use this practice. Do your own research to help you come to a resolution that fits your skin type and needs. As you do your research, test different ingredients to create different results. Beets are known to make great tints and stains for blushes, eyeshadows, and lip balms. Find ingredients that work well to recreate the looks you desire without resorting to the same chemicals that a lot of major cosmetic companies use.

Source your ingredients

When you’re looking to make your own ingredients at home, it’s best to make sure they’re ethically-sourced. It’s not hard to find different online companies and apothecaries that provide all-natural butters, essential oils, and herbs that can carry desired tints, as well as provide nourishment for your skin. If your body butter includes a significant amount of mint, consider growing mint yourself. Find a local farmer’s market to purchase citrus fruits to use in your lotions, soaps and exfoliating balms. This way, you can be absolutely sure of both the quality and the ethical production of your ingredients

Purchase the right tools

As you manipulate different ingredients and break them down, you’ll want to make sure you have the tools you need to get the job done. When you purchase raw butters like Shea butter, cocoa butter and mango butter, know that they can be challenging to manipulate. A double boiler will be helpful in melting the butters so you can add essential oils, medicinal ingredients and more without having to worry about separation. Professional companies use high-powered, high-volume kneader mixers to combine their more hefty materials, but a kitchen mixer or even a potato masher and some muscle will do fine for at home. Looking to the professionals can help you get an idea for what sort of work needs to be done on your ingredients so that you can replicate on a smaller scale.

Label and store the products correctly

Always label and store the products in the right places. If you’re making a hair gel out of flaxseeds, you don’t want to let them go rancid before you use them. Instead, label the ingredients from the time of the purchase. Once you make the products, add a label with an expiration date. Keep all ingredients in a cool, dark space to prevent them from going bad faster. Most grains can be frozen without any damage to the quality of the ingredients, whereas fresh herbs will do better refrigerated. When you’re using fresh ingredients without the toxic preservatives, you’ll want to either find natural preservatives to add to your cosmetics, or else base your final product’s expiration date on the ingredient that expires the fastest and store it all in the fridge.

Since most women use cosmetics on a daily basis, it’s so important to make sure that toxins aren’t included in the mixture. While it may seem harmless, a lot of chemicals are absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream. Ensure that the only things going in are ingredients that are all-natural and safe for your body by making your own cosmetics from home. This allows you the option to personalize your cosmetic routine to the health of your body as well as your lifestyle requirements.

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