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All of the DIY skincare supplies, ingredients, and packaging recommendations on this page directly correlate to the Natural Skin Care Recipe Book to Make & Sell Online (Waterless Formulations to Build a Preservative-Free Handmade eCommerce Business).

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CP SoapCuticle SalveFace Serums
Laundry PowderLip BalmMica Tinted Lip Balm
Pregnancy Belly BalmUnder Eye CreamWarming Muscle Balm

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Cold Process Soap

Even if you already have these supplies in your kitchen, make sure you have a separate set this is 100% dedicated to your product line – no crossing back and forth between food use and formulation use.

Most soap bars made in a standard loaf are cut into rectangles that are approximately 1″ wide (and fit perfectly into the recommended boxes below).

For more soap container ideas, see our complete Handmade Soap Packaging Guide

Cuticle Salve

Even if you already have these supplies in your kitchen, make sure you have a separate set this is 100% dedicated to your product line – no crossing back and forth between food use and formulation use.

First time formulating cuticle salve (or any of the suggested variations on this recipe)? It is recommended that you start out in small quantities to see if you enjoy the process and if it is a good product for your target market.

If you know that it will work well for your line, purchasing ingredients in bulk will give you a much higher profit margin.

The cuticle salve container sizes below are all 1 oz, as suggested in the natural skin care recipe book. Each of these possibilities comes in different volumes and colors – consider your target market’s preferences.

Face Serums

Even if you already have these supplies in your kitchen, make sure you have a separate set this is 100% dedicated to your product line – no crossing back and forth between food use and formulation use.

First time formulating facial serums? It is recommended that you start out in small quantities to see if you enjoy the process and if it is a good product for your target market.

If you know that it will work well for your line, purchasing ingredients in bulk will give you a much higher profit margin.

When formulating facial serums with essential oils, the containers need to be dark (like the ones below) to keep the oils from oxidizing. Avoid the clear and very light color versions of the glass dropper bottles.

For more serum container ideas, see our full Face Serum Packaging Guide

Laundry Powder

Even if you already have these supplies in your kitchen, make sure you have a separate set this is 100% dedicated to your product line – no crossing back and forth between food use and formulation use.

First time formulating laundry soap? It is recommended that you start out in small quantities to see if you enjoy the process and if it is a good product for your target market.

If you know that it will work well for your line, purchasing ingredients in bulk will give you a much higher profit margin.

Natural laundry soap is frequently seen in standup pouches or in twist-top plastic jars. Be sure to do your research on the best sizing for your soap, and consider adding in a wooden scoop if it fits into the budget.

Lip Balm

Even if you already have these supplies in your kitchen, make sure you have a separate set this is 100% dedicated to your product line – no crossing back and forth between food use and formulation use.

First time formulating lip care products? It is recommended that you start out in small quantities to see if you enjoy the process and if it is a good product for your target market.

If you know that it will work well for your line, purchasing ingredients in bulk will give you a much higher profit margin.

As there are over 20 lip balm blends that are provided in the Natural Skin Care Recipe Book, please visit Plant Therapy directly to get the essential oil combinations you’d like to try:

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The standard lip balm size is 3/16 oz (5.5 mL) – take note that the paperboard tubes below are much larger at 1 oz, and the slide tins are slightly larger at 0.25 oz. – using these sizes will change the yield for each batch.

For more lip balm container ideas, see our full Lip Balm Packaging Guide

Mica Tinted Lip Balm

Even if you already have these supplies in your kitchen, make sure you have a separate set this is 100% dedicated to your product line – no crossing back and forth between food use and formulation use.

First time formulating lip care products? It is recommended that you start out in small quantities to see if you enjoy the process and if it is a good product for your target market.

If you know that it will work well for your line, purchasing ingredients in bulk will give you a much higher profit margin.

The standard lip balm size is 3/16 oz (5.5 mL) – take note that the slim line lip balm tubes below are about half that size at 0.07 oz. It is not recommended that you use tins with mica lip tint, as the minerals are difficult to wash off of fingers after application.

For more tinted lip balm container ideas, see our full Lip Balm Packaging Guide

Pregnancy Belly Balm

Even if you already have these supplies in your kitchen, make sure you have a separate set this is 100% dedicated to your product line – no crossing back and forth between food use and formulation use.

First time formulating pregnancy belly butter? It is recommended that you start out in small quantities to see if you enjoy the process and if it is a good product for your target market.

If you know that it will work well for your line, purchasing ingredients in bulk will give you a much higher profit margin.

This recipe is for a harder lotion bar consistency that would work best in the tubes below. If you prefer a softer belly balm that can be scooped out of the jar, decrease the beeswax and increase the softer butters and oils.

For more belly balm container ideas, see our full Lotion Bar Packaging Guide.

Under Eye Cream

Even if you already have these supplies in your kitchen, make sure you have a separate set this is 100% dedicated to your product line – no crossing back and forth between food use and formulation use.

First time formulating an under eye moisturizer? It is recommended that you start out in small quantities to see if you enjoy the process and if it is a good product for your target market.

If you know that it will work well for your line, purchasing ingredients in bulk will give you a much higher profit margin.

This is a very rich formula and a little goes a very long way. The average customer can only use between 0.5 to 1.0 oz before the shelf life is up.

Warming Muscle Balm

Even if you already have these supplies in your kitchen, make sure you have a separate set this is 100% dedicated to your product line – no crossing back and forth between food use and formulation use.

First time formulating warming muscle balm? It is recommended that you start out in small quantities to see if you enjoy the process and if it is a good product for your target market.

If you know that it will work well for your line, purchasing ingredients in bulk will give you a much higher profit margin.

This warming muscle balm should not be repeatedly touched with hands (arnica and menthol are irritating to eyes and mucous membranes). Provide in a tube such as the ones below for easy application.

For more belly balm container ideas, see our full Lotion Bar Packaging Guide.

Best of luck to you as you explore these natural skin care recipes!

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