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Equipment for Making Homemade Cosmetics
Making Your Own Cosmetics
It may seem a daunting task and something that is going to require you purchasing lots of equipment never mind ingredients.
I am here to show you this is not the case, as I really got into homemade cosmetics partly due to my own change of circumstances.I have always been one to buy my shampoos, conditioners, skin care products, makeup, perfume, toiletries, hair coloring, sunscreen and the list goes on and on, believe me!
Facing unemployment, without regular income suddenly became a reality and having worked within the Beauty Industry for over 20 years, my cosmetics supply dwindled rapidly.
Remembering a few “natural remedies” I had picked up, kick started this road down to recipe after recipe, researching companies, benefits of ingredients, and experimenting with them.
You don’t need a kitchen full of specialized equipment or the most expensive gadgets either.
You don’t need to be spending a fortune on ingredients, you will use many of them daily, without even knowing. It is about being smart, using what you have, recycling and having fun!
Let’s take a look at the sort of equipment used in cosmetic recipes at home.
Write It Down
There is any number of recipes now available to enable you to make your own beauty products for men, women and children.
If you prefer having books as a reference rather than online there are plenty to choose from covering skin care, makeup, perfume making, essential oil recipes and aromatherapy products to name a few.
Hundreds of websites are now specializing in this growing industry where the big cosmetic brands have been scrutinized and pulled apart for their use of certain chemicals, toxins and synthetics.Researching some recipes is your first step in your own homemade cosmetics industry.
Pen & Paper
These are VITAL to have with your ingredients and equipment when making cosmetics and perfumes.
If you decide to add more of a certain ingredient, tweak the original recipe in any way, you need to document it for the next time.
Particularly needed for perfume making with essential oils when adding in drops of fragrance.
Having a notebook or file specifically for your homemade recipes is a great labor saving tip, thank you Effer for that idea!
You’re commonly used knives, forks and all spoons I include here as they are all used in different recipes. Mashing a banana, mango pulp or avocado will utilize forks and many mixtures will need a large metal mixing spoon.
Any good chef and home cook knows the importance of a good set of knives. Sharpening your knives properly is important regardless whether you use them for culinary uses or for homemade cosmetics. Cutting fruit such as papaya, tomatoes and lemons need precision with sharp blades. Vegetables such as cucumber for your cucumber face wash need chopping up.
Spatulas are one of those tools that always feature in a kitchen and one I find incredibly useful for blending ingredients and for adding mixtures into containers.
Useful Measuring Equipment
Grater & Zester
Most homes will have one of these, glass, plastic or wooden will all do and the wooden variety is also useful to aid in sharpening knives. Chopping boards make life so much easier for recipe preparation and protects your work surface.
Whatever grater you have is fine for when you decide to indulge and make one of the hard to resist eating recipes for your face instead. For instance a chocolate face mask will benefit from a grater and is one I have difficulty in applying to my face instead of inside my mouth!
Assorted Bowls (heat proof is useful to include)
An assortment of bowls is vital ranging from the small to large, depending on your beauty products. You may decide to make in bulk for gifts, to sell or have for favors at a party so the bigger bowls would be required. Having bowls that would sit inside your saucepans comfortably is important as this method of melting waxes and oils is commonly used.
Having an assortment of sized spoons is needed and is inexpensive to purchase. Many will offer a range of sizes which makes it cost effective. The most common “spoons” I have used and seen in numerous recipes are teaspoons and tablespoons. These two are usually in our kitchen already so no need to rush out buying a set immediately.
As many will be familiar with this method of measuring, particularly in USA, you will probably have these already. In Ireland and Great Britain you may need to purchase these or convert into ounces or grams. Personally I was converting and then decided a set of cups would be most beneficial as they can be used for culinary recipes too.
Most homes will possess one of these which are needed for most homemade recipes. Having different weights identified is handy too unless you are up to speed with all the conversions as recipes will vary from measuring in cups, grams, ounces and spoons particularly.
Blenders Serve Many Functions
A regular blender or coffee grinder are definitely useful when finer textures are required for oatmeal, nuts and seeds for example. Check out these two oatmeal recipes which call upon a fine texture. How to use oatmeal to remove blackheads and an oatmeal and egg face pack which has several other useful ways to use skin loving egg whites and yolks.
A hand whisk or an electric whisk are used in various recipes such as hand creams, body creams and lotions where mixing to a more solid yet light creamy texture is required.
Another commonly found item in the kitchen cupboard, a sieve is very useful in cosmetic making. For making your own tonics such as nettle tea or one for the bath using violets and dandelions, straining the plants and petals is needed. Homemade rosewater, lavender water or even infused oil will all require straining.
Common Kitchen Equipment
Insert for Saucepans
If you already have one great, if not you may purchase one or use a double saucepan method like I do.
If you are planning on making numerous recipes having separate saucepans is ideal. They do not need to be the most expensive and having two or three sizes is handy. Small pots will be used most frequently but the larger ones make sense for making cosmetics as gift ideas for all occasions, favor ideas, spa parties or even when your teens fancy some homemade lip gloss and invites her friends over for some fun makeup craft ideas. Re-purpose old saucepans, check out charity shops, wait for sales or even pick up some in car-boot sales.
Heat Source (Cooker Top, Microwave)
Many recipes that contain solid oils and waxes including coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter require melting but not a really high heat. You will come across recipes using microwaves and ones using the top of the stove. Many homes may have both however it is your choice whether you choose to use the microwave or not. I personally use the stove top as I never trust the settings on a microwave but that’s just me!
When dealing with recipes that require an ingredient to reach an exact temperature having a thermometer is essential. Having said that if you don’t already have one choose recipes that do not require such precision.
Glass Pyrex Jug
One piece of equipment I find indispensable, It has many benefits for making cosmetics in the home. It measures, pours and acts as a mixing bowl. It may be used to melt ingredients in the microwave if needed or even in a saucepan over hot water. Miniature versions are available for children but I bought one as it is great for small quantities such as facial oils, serums, perfumes or even lip balms.
Recycled Jars, Containers
Coffee, jam, baby food, honey, pasta sauce, shampoo bottles, liquid soap, stick deodorant, body wash, contact lens cases, old lip balms, compacts, eye gel and eyeshadow pots are all great container ideas you may recycle and use for a variety of homemade cosmetics. The tiny jars are perfect for making a citrus lip gloss, a creme blush or even a coconut oil and vitamin E eye cream. Make sure to clean thoroughly with warm soapy water and sterilize well. Pretty bottles of olive oil make interesting containers for infused oils such as lavender oil.
Opaque Glass Dropper Bottles
These bottles are perfect for any oil or serum products such as anti-aging vitamin c serum. The dropper bottles are my favorites for essential oil based beauty products that do not solidify but remain in a liquid state. Homemade perfumes are perfect in these, especially when oil based as the dropper acts as a measuring tool too so you don’t overuse. Dark glass bottles are needed for essential oil blends as the oils may lose their benefits if in light glass bottles. Always store away from direct sunlight in a cool, dark place.
Another piece of equipment that does not need to cost a fortune and many kitchens will have this already for straining cooking oils. Not essential but it makes adding liquid ingredients into a bottle much easier and less messy. Having a couple of different sizes is useful and sets of funnels are inexpensive to purchase. Check out dollar stores, pound shops and euro stores.
This is useful for stirring serums, oils and small quantities of product in a small jar.
Toothpicks / Cocktail Sticks
Great for lip gloss, lip balm, lip scrub, cream blusher, eye gel or any really small quantity of product for mixing or for adding to a container.
These are something I was introduced to in Beauty Therapy College that have stuck with me for over 20 years.
They are a must for all women and men who wear cream or makeup, period. Why is easy, to remove product hygienically from its container and to eliminate wasting product. Sticking fingers into ANY product is a NO NO in my book. It does not matter if it is a lip balm, cream blusher, skin cream or eye cream, it is of uttermost importance to prevent bacteria and germs entering your cosmetics.
Spatulas are useful for blending homemade recipes too, as in toothpicks and may be used for serums, oils and perfumes.
Face Mask Brush
This takes the mess out of applying a face mask and some exfoliating scrubs and is less wasteful. What I find useful is the bowl and brush set that may be used for home hair coloring. The bowl is a perfect size to have your mixture in and then you have the brush for the application.
Skin Loving Shea Butter
Have you made any homemade cosmetics yet?
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For all your container needs in homemade cosmetics.
Not strictly equipment but obviously having the right ingredients is important to any recipe so a more in-depth look at homemade cosmetic ingredients will follow in a forthcoming article.
When you find a recipe you really want to make, jot down the ingredients. You will know instantly if you have them or need to buy them.
My advice is to pick a few recipes that use very similar ingredients with one or two adjustments.
This way you make the most of all your ingredients, particularly any with a short shelf life. It will also be cost effective as you utilize all your stock and save money on the store bought versions. Organic cold pressed ingredients are always the best quality to chose and if you grow your own, even better.
You fancy making an eye cream, hand cream, a body scrub and a lip balm. You write out the recipes and soon discover you have a number of the ingredients but are missing quite a few.
You can tweak a few around to make better use of what you have and only need to buy a few things rather than 15 different items. So here is the breakdown –
Eye Cream Ingredients – Coconut Oil, Vitamin E
Hand Cream Ingredients – Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Beeswax, Lavender Essential Oil
Body Scrub – Liquid Castile Soap, Water, Sea Salt, Raspberry Essential Oil, Vanilla Essential Oil
Lip Balm – Mango Butter, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Vitamin E, Nutmeg Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil
Here Are The Tweaked Recipes
Eye Cream – None, use as is
Hand Cream – Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Beeswax and Lavender EO
Body Scrub – Liquid Castile Soap, Water, Sea Salt and Lavender EO
Lip Balm – Shea Butter, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E and Lavender EO
What Do I Need To Buy?
- Out of this list all I need are Shea Butter, Beeswax, Coconut Oil and Vitamin E.
- 15 ingredients just became 4 that I know I will use in a variety of recipes and ways.
- If I love how they turn out, I will be able to make more easily and quickly!
- I don’t have to worry about shelf life either with these.
- By tweaking these recipes I can afford to buy organic ingredients.
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