How to sell your homemade cosmetics
formulate your products
Carefully develop your recipes and get your friends and family to test them out, giving you honest feedback. Sort your packaging materials, and once your happy, you're ready for the next step...
get a cosmetic product safety report
The other documents you will need are a Good Manufacturing Process and a Product Information File. Both can be done at home, but are quite in depth. The GMP ensures that everything is made in a safe and hygienic way, while the PIF includes every little detail about each product. This includes all documentation for each ingredient used, compliance statements to make sure you're not testing on animals etc, and all recipe details.
Next, you have to notify the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal... and yes, it's as fun as it sounds!! You have to log each item you make, including recipe details and pictures of labels. It's not particularly difficult, but can be time consuming.
still want to set up your own cosmetics business?!
Yes?! That's great! This post was never meant to put anyone off! It was more to highlight why items are priced the way they are, and so you could spot people who potentially aren't selling legally. Running your own business, in whatever form, is a labour of love, but can be incredibly rewarding. It allows me time with my family, more flexibility, and more importantly I get to do what I love each and every day! Just don't forget the paperwork.... there's so much paperwork!!!
Oh and I almost forgot to mention, there's labelling requirements for candles and wax melts too! But that's a post for another time! Phew!!
Plastic Free Shaving
Every year around 60.7 million razors are thrown away in the UK every year, and with aerosol cans being notoriously difficult to recycle, it's time to make the switch to a more Earth friendly alternative.
Plastic Free Alternatives
Here at Mersea Mudd Shack we're all about reducing the amount of plastic we use, both as a business and in our household. Which is why we stock a small range of plastic free products that can help you to reduce your plastic use, and compliment our products.
Plastic Free Packaging
Being free from plastic and as eco-friendly as possible is at the heart of everything we do, and is the reason we created our company in the first place. Our products are all plastic-free, often offering an alternative to the commonly found plastic options, but we also make every effort to ensure that all our packaging and postal supplies are as earth friendly as they can be.
And finally, we have an arrangement with our main ingredient supplier, where we can take back out empty plastic containers and have them refilled. Where this is not possible, we recycle all our waste, or even use some of the empty containers in our refill delivery service!
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