How to Start Your Own Line of Beauty Products Right From Home

Are you dreaming of becoming the next MAC Cosmetics, Avon or Clinique?

With online beauty businesses growing at such a fastpace, creating your very own line of beauty products has motivated many entrepreneurs looking to become the next cosmetic giant. An exciting industry where you can be as creative as you want to be, and potentially earn a great living too.

You may stop and ask yourself. Where do I start?

All you need to start is an idea and a passion… and a little creativity doesn’t hurt either – and who knows, maybe one day your cosmetic line will be featured in such magazines as InStyle or Lucky!

Pursuing your dream as a cosmetics maker will take a lot of research to help make your dreams come true. But well worth the effort as this will help guide you and build a solid business plan.

Starting your own unique cosmetics business from home is probably one of the easiest ways to becoming a part of this multi-billion dollar growing industry…. over 7 billion actually. New cosmetic lines are opening up shop everyday, and with the internet reach, many are cashing in on their creativity and passion.

Even though only a handful grow into big corporations, most cosmetics businesses earn a pretty decent living, and a fulfilling lifestyle.

There are many cosmetics out there ranging from handmade beauty soaps, oils and lotions to specialized skin care lotions as well as lip balms and lipsticks. However, if you’re like many entrepreneurs, you’re probably interested in making and selling profitable, low-cost items with high turnarounds.

Below are several everyday items with very good selling history to consider:

* Lotions
* Body Fragrances
* Lip Balms
* Lip Glosses
* Beauty Soaps

If you’re thinking that creating your cosmetics line will require some complex lab work, think again. You can certainly make simple cosmetics right at home in your own kitchen. People have been doing it for years. There are some guidelines to follow though when selling to others, and I’ve taken the liberty to add some of those helpful resources at the end of this post.

While most big companies outsource the manufacturing of their line to other businesses, many got their start just as you are doing now. Small, and in the kitchen. Focus on getting your business set from the line you’ll carry, price points, packaging and costs to operate it. You’ll need stock and supplies. Settle in and get a feel for it.

Now, before pitching your cosmetic line to upscale retail stores, you can easily start selling your wonderful products through:

* Online venues like Etsy, Artfire and Silkfair
* Consignment shops
* Mall kiosks
* Home events with friends/family
* Rent tiny booths at a neighborhood outdoor/indoor event

You can live out your cosmetic business dreams regardless of your experience level or educational background, which is the beauty of this industry. You can do it part-time or full-time, at home or in a rented space. don’t rush it, and never bite off more than you can chew.

For those with that creative and entrepreneurial spirit, creating your own cosmetic line is most likely a perfect fit for you. There is little investment involved, and plenty of resources abound.

Selling cosmetics online (or any product for that matter) can be very consuming of your time. In this buying industry, made up mostly of women who want to form a personal relationship with your first because for them wearing cosmetics is a personal issue and they must trust the company before making a purchase from you. This isn’t like buying a sweater.

When you’ve been in business for at least a year, and you’re looking to increase your business revenue. You can start by offering more selections (anti-aging, serum, foundation, etc.) – You can also cater to special niche markets (anti-stretch mark lotions, mens cosmetic line, ethnic niches, mothers-to-be,etc.)

A big myth out there about starting your own cosmetics line is…starting a cosmetics line takes a lot of capital. Well, in many cases, this just isn’t true. Only a few hundred dollars for supplies and materials is needed to get started.

With a clever twist, you can easily upgrade an existing product into a “new and improved” one. For example, a popular lip enhancing product is basically lip gloss filled with ginger extract to increase blood circulation in lips.

Now it’s a big hit and has made its creators millionaires.

If your dream is to start your own line of cosmetic products – I say go for it!

Here are the helpful resource pages I mentioned to get you started on starting your own cosmetic line:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a great number of resources pages, tips and information to help you start your beauty line business.

http://www.fda.gov

Cosmetic Labeling & Label Claims
http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/CosmeticLabelingLabelClaims/default.htm

– Guidance, Compliance & Regulatory Information
– Cosmetics Manufacturers, Packagers & Distributors
-Product and Ingredient Safety
-FDA Authority Over Cosmetics
-Is It a Cosmetic, a Drug, or Both? (Or Is It Soap?)

Who knows, you may just give the big corporations a run for their money one day.

Organic and or Natural Beauty Products – How Europe Manages the Beauty Industry

Before digging into how Europe manages the ingredients used to manufacture cosmetic products, it becomes necessary to understand why this is so important. Personal care products, otherwise known as beauty products or cosmetic products, are known to contain over 10,500 chemical ingredients. Many of these ingredients are toxic in nature. Toxins are poisons and when used over long periods of time, can cause serious damage to one’s health. Women use an average of over 5 pounds of lotions and creams annually. The skin is the largest organ of the body and is very porous, allowing over 70% of what is applied to the skin to seep into our bodies and into our bloodstream. Through clinical studies, it has been proven that the very same toxins found in a mother’s blood have been found in the umbilical cord of the fetus. Many of these toxic (poison) ingredients are carcinogenic and can be linked to cancer as well as respiratory problems in infants, birth defects, liver and kidney disease, etc.

Perhaps now it is clear as to why it is so important to know what is being done around the world to monitor what goes into the manufacture of cosmetic products and why it should be so very important for consumers to use only certified organic and/or natural beauty products.

Europe, Asia, and Oceania have taken major steps in controlling the ingredients used in beauty products. In this article the focus will be on Europe, while future articles will tackle how other parts of the world address this issue. Having said that, one might ask what about the US? Unfortunately, with the cosmetic business being such a large (50 billion) and extremely profitable business, the US cosmetic companies employ lobbyists in Washington to prevent changes in the laws regulating the industry. Shocking as it might seem, the Cosmetic Industry is self-regulated. It can determine what it wants to bring to market without any pre-testing by any government or private agencies.

Currently Europe has one Government authority that controls the ingredients of beauty products, the European Union (EU). However, there are private institutions operating in five countries that provide independent laboratory testing to the many cosmetic companies operating throughout Europe. These independent organizations use the authority of the EU to manage the process, but in some cases, go beyond the regulations required by the EU to determine and qualify products as certified organic and/or natural beauty products. These organizations are:

-BDIH operating out of Germany;
-ECOCERT & COSMEBIO from France;
-SOIL ASSOCIATION from the UK;
-ICEA from Italy;
-BIOFORUM from Belgium

These six organizations combined also make up what is known as the COSMOS-standard. The COSMOS-standard has not yet achieved legal status, but that will be delved into later in this article. At this juncture, let’s look at how the EU manages this process.

What is the European Union? What are its aims and results? How does it work? In summary, the answers to these questions are:

-27 democratic countries participate in the EU economically and politically;
-498 million citizens in these 27 countries look to the EU for safe, consumable products, including beauty products;
-It’s results in the beauty category provide for not just safer products, but a greener environment as well;
-It works because each country sets up bodies to adopt and manage the EU’s legislation.

The COSMOS-standard represents the European cosmetic organic standards working group. It is made up of the previously mentioned organizations. It is expected to be legalized by April, 2010 by the pronouncement of the Belgian Royal Decree. Excerpts of the main objectives of the COSMOS- standards and taken directly from their final document dated January, 2010, can be summed up as follows:

“Establishing a ‘sustainable development’ that would reconcile economic progress, social
responsibility and maintain the natural balance of the planet is a project in which the cosmetics
sector is willing to be fully involved… the organic and natural cosmetics sector clearly shows its ambition to go further in setting a new standard for organic and natural cosmetics.”

The following represents a summary of a set of simple rules that will be used to manage the organic and natural beauty industry. The main focus is on prevention and safety in all segments of the manufacturing process, that is, from raw materials to market ready final products.

The rules will focus on human health through:

-Organic agriculture and natural resources always with respect for the environment;
-A manufacturing process that is environmentally clean while, at the same time, utilizing and expanding a more green philosophy that ultimately will create a higher standard for organic and natural beauty products.

The six organizations making up the COSMOS-standard, namely BDIH, ECOCERT & COSMEBIO, SOIL ASSOCIATION, ICEA, and BIOFORUM, each have their own set of standards for certifying organic and/or natural beauty products. It would take a book to delineate each agencies processes. Suffice it to say that Europe has taken a lead position on this subject through the EU and continues to improve its status by moving forward with the COSMOS-standard. One of the results of the EU’s legislation is that they have already banned over 1100 chemical ingredients used in the manufacture of beauty products, while the US has banned a mere 10.

The US, with its lack of leadership in this industry, has left the consumer vulnerable to the poisons we already know cause harm to pregnant mothers, their babies, and to the millions of consumers that have used these toxins for decades. Over time, with many countries around the world coming together to prohibit these toxic ingredients from being used in beauty products, hopefully the US will change current legislation and demand pre-testing of beauty products before they are released to the public. Further, hopefully the US will also permit independent agencies to test products to qualify them to be labeled as certified organic and/or natural beauty products. In the meantime, when shopping for certified products, simply look for the logos of the aforementioned companies out of Europe. In doing so, you will be assured of using safe, non-toxic beauty products.

How Bad Beauty Product Can Be Harmful for Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is utmost important for a healthy and glowing skin. Women of all races and ages use cosmetics and beauty products regularly. Leading brands provide a whole range of skin care and beauty products that they manage to sell by mass advertising and celebrity endorsements. Surprisingly, many women buy them without actually reading or understanding the ingredients. Most of them contain ingredients which are hard to pronounce and most women are unaware of the potential damage they can do to the skin.

Most of them contain harsh chemicals like mineral oil, fragrances and parabens that can seriously harm your skin and encourage it to produce more oil. Some facial cleansers contain harsh ingredients that destroy the enzymes that trigger absorption and lubrication leading to oversensitive skin, dry patches, redness and even rashes. Your hair is just as important as your skin.

Like skincare products many hair care products also contain harsh chemicals that can seriously harm your hair. One of the leading causes of dandruff are shampoos since majority of them contain chemicals which dry the hair causing dandruff. Fragrances are used in both skin and hair care products, which may lead to skin irritation, headache, rash and hyperpigmentation.

However, you simply cannot avoid using them since skincare and looking after you hair is important for a healthy lifestyle. The best solution is to carefully choose your beauty products for both hair and skin to avoid any damage or unwanted reactions. Get in the habit of scanning labels for red-flag terms. Opt for healthy and hypoallergenic products that contain no harsh chemicals, and alcohols.

Constantly using them containing alcohols can dry out your skin and lead to even more wrinkles. The harsh alcohols are used by companies because they are cheap and make more profit. There are many companies that provide beauty products in the UK. For more information on beauty products companies refer to searchMe4, the UK’s leading online business directory. The Body Shop is a leading UK brand that specializes in beauty products containing natural ingredients.

Most makeup products contain harsh chemicals that may irritate your skin and cause allergic reactions. Look for products with natural ingredients, essential oils and vitamins. Unfortunately, cosmetics can easily get contaminated with bacteria leading to serious skin problems such as rashes, redness, swelling, itching and even scarring.

Excessive use of makeup products can seriously damage your skin and may even clog your skin pores, and lead to premature aging as your skin cannot breathe naturally. Try to use mineral makeup as it is an excellent choice. Keep in mind that whatever you put on your skin it is immediately absorbed into your blood stream.

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