For many people, making cosmetics from scratch is not difficult, as organic ingredients can be found at natural food stores and nutrition centers. It's important to note that storage jars and bottles should be sterilized to prevent contamination. Glass works best, as it is easy to sanitize. Accessories and tools for making cosmetics, such as brushes, scoops, and molds will be necessary as well. More information on making cosmetics can be found by downloading e-books online, or reading various tutorials.
For making handmade cosmetics, one does not need to be a chemist or a beauty consultant. All that is necessary is a stove, a few accessories, and the right ingredients. Essential oils are a good choice for making lotions, but a few factors need to be considered. Some people have a sensitivity to certain oils, therefore the best choice would be natural or organic oils, as these do not contain preservatives. The smallest amount possible should be used in the mix, as most essential oils have a strong scent.
The essential oils used for making cosmetics should be stored in an airtight container. If the oils are exposed to air for a prolonged period of time, evaporation may occur. The jars or bottles should be kept in a dry, cool, and dark place, away from direct sunlight. For households with young children, child-proof lids should be used, to prevent accidental ingestion of essential oils.
When mixing essential oils and other ingredients necessary for making cosmetics, caution should be taken not to do so near an open flame. It's also a good idea to prepare the ingredients in a well-ventilated area. Vapors from essential oils may be toxic to pets, especially birds, rodents, and reptiles.
For making hand and body lotion, it's a good idea to add softening ingredients or natural moisturizers. Fresh herbs, such as chamomile, can be soothing to dry skin. Wheat germ oil is another natural moisturizing ingredient. Aloe vera gel is a good ingredient for making natural cosmetics, as it has healing properties and is generally safe for sensitive skin. Oatmeal and almond extract, blended together with fragrant oil, creates a good facial or scrub, and is good for exfoliating the skin.
Those who are serious about making homemade cosmetics may enroll in instructional courses. Local universities or libraries may offer cosmetics training programs and courses. Training programs, workshops, and classes may require participants to supply all materials.