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!!