Apr 10

Make Money from Homemade Beauty Treatments

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Make money by selling organic, 100% natural homemade beauty treatments. If you need a bit of extra cash and love being a bit crafty, why not try your hand at whisking together some bath salts or sugar scrubs.

Once you’ve perfected your craft you can sell them at your local jumble sale, at a product party you host, or just give them away as presents so you don’t have to spend on stuff from the shops. Tell us about your hits and misses in the comments section below too!moneymagpie_homemade-beauty-treatments_Soap

Why create homemade beauty treatments?

Bath salts and sugar scrubs can sell in the shops for around £12, but they are so simple and cheap to produce that you can make an easy profit selling them as gifts.

Most, if not all of the ingredients can be bought in the supermarkets and if not there are loads of websites where you can get hold of all the other items.moneymagpie_homemade-beauty-treatments

Add a little panache in presentation and people will be tempted. Plus, you can make bespoke packs, cater for people with allergies, produce vegan friendly products and work on your own signature products that aren’t available elsewhere.

This flexibility beats the high street hands down, plus you can probably charge much less than the high street equivalents, but still make a healthy profit.

Once you’re confident of your abilities you can start hosting product parties for friends and family and make some real cash from your hobby.

The first thing you are going to need to start making homemade beauty treatments is ingredients. Some of the things included in the recipes below may seem incredibly obscure. But they are actually very easy to get hold of and are much cheaper than you might expect.

Here are the main ingredients in homemade beauty products:

  • Plant fats/butters: These are the solid fats extracted from certain tropical plants. You’ll need them for products such as body bars and melts and they are also used for moisturisers and creams. Some commonly used ones are cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut butter, and mango butter.moneymagpie_homemade-beauty-treatments_Sunflower-oil
  • Plant oils: These are liquid fats extracted from certain plants. The cold-pressed varieties are particularly good for the skin. You can use them to dilute essential oils or blend them with the solid butters to make creams and moisturisers. Some commonly used ones are almond oil, apricot oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil.
  • Macerated oils: These are plant oils with medicinal herbs and scented flowers steeped in them. You can make these at home. Some commonly used ones are calendula oil, rose oil, carrot oil and monoi de tahiti.
  • Essential oils: These are concentrated aromatic essences distilled from certain plants. Some commonly used ones are rose (for rejuvenating mature skin), lavender (for cleansing and healing), rosemary (for hair-care) and chamomile (for soothing skin).

Here are some additional ingredients which you can use to personalise your products:

  • Flower waters/distillates – used in deodorants, facial toners and as the watery part of moisturiser.
  • Herbs/flowers – the ‘active ingredient’ which can be used whole, ground down or infused.
  • Kitchen edibles – food that can be used in your beauty products (for example, oats, beans, yoghurt, fruit, sea salt etc).

Where to shop

Try sites like Baldwins and Sheabuttercottage where you can buy these ingredients at reasonable prices. Aromantic is also a good site for herbs and flowers.

Lots of the ingredients are things you’ll have lying around in your kitchen cupboards or that you can find in the wild (like lavender). Alternatively a quick trip down to the supermarket will sort you out for other bits and bobs.


You should also have most of the equipment you’ll need for making your homemade beauty treatments at home. Potion-making tends to require the same bits and pieces as cooking. So, generally speaking, apart from some of the more exotic ingredients, you may already be well-equipped for making your own unique holistic products!

Here are some of the items you will need to make your lotions and potions:

  • Heatproof bowls
  • Mini whisks
  • Stirrers (chopsticks will do)
  • Cheese grater (for grating lemons, cocoa butter)
  • Sieve (for straining macerated oils)
  • Soap moulds (ice cube trays work well for melts and mini cake tins are good for massage bars)
  • Pestle and mortar
  • Food processor (for body butters and moisturisers)
  • Coffee grinder (for grinding herbs, flowers)


Presentation Tips

Mint and Sea Salt Scrub in glass jar
Selling is often not about how great the product is, but how well you present it. Get creative with your bottles and gift wrapping and you’ll be able to charge more.

This doesn’t necessarily mean a big spend for new bottles and lots of cellophane wrap. Reuse any bottles and jars that you’ve got lying around at home – just wash them in hot, soapy water first, rinse in cold water, then place somewhere warm until they are bone dry.

Glass is the best material for your lotions, as it won’t taint your products, and it’s readily available around your house. You can even collect old bottles and jars from friends to reuse, and hotels will often save you the mini jam jars they use at breakfasts, which are great for lip balm pots. Scraps of old cloth can be sewn up into simple drawstring bags making cheap and pretty packaging for bath melts, massage bars and bath salts.

For scrubs and face masks why not try recycled jam-jars. You could cover the lid with scraps of fabric (recycled old clothing or table cloths etc.) and string. Just blob a little bit of glue in the middle of the lid and use a piece of fabric big enough to come down over the sides and then tie and string with a tag on top of the fabric around the neck of the jar).

Homemade Product Packaging Tutorial

You could also buy cheap jars on eBay like these Glass Jars with Cork Lids (between £0.99 and £6.99 each) or these Glass Clamp Jars (£2.62 each).

If you don’t have this stuff lying around the house, ask your friends if they’ve got anything. You can also try getting free samples from the perfume counters in department stores. Plus try your local supermarket and see if you like some of the little presentation bottles that olive oils, vinegars or mini products come in.

If you do want to invest in some new presentation vials Colouredbottles is a great site. It sells pretty glass bottles and jars in bulk. If you just want to start off with a few items, you can buy them from their eBay site.


Make gift sets

It’s also very cheap to get some gift sets together to sell. For instance, you can arrange a jar of hand scrub, some hand-balm, and a nail brush inside a cheap terracotta flower-pot for a gorgeous gardener’s gift set. Or why not try making a selection of herbal bath tea blends (dried herbs and flowers in mini muslin bags) and arrange them inside a second-hand teapot.moneymagpie_homemade-beauty-treatments_2

If all does go wrong a bit of clever marketing a la l’Oreal can fix everything. For example, most mixtures can be re-melted and remade with an adjustment of solids and liquids, so when it comes to consistency you’ve always got a second chance.

But if something seems unfixable, just rename it cunningly:

  • A too-liquid moisturiser becomes a lotion
  • A too-hard face-cream becomes a lip-balm
  • A very hard moisturizer is a bath melt
  • A very stiff face scrub becomes fragrant bathing grains


A few ground rules

  1. Never eat or drink your potions (even though they may look tasty!)homemade beauty treatments
  2. Make sure your hands are dry before using the potions as water can encourage bacterial contamination.
  3. Always store the potions and ingredients in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
  4. Be good and make sure all your equipment is squeaky clean before you make your potions
  5. Never use a bit of water to get out the remaining bit of potion at the bottom of the bottle.
  6. If you are pregnant, make sure you’ve consulted the NHS website to check they are safe. Alternatively the info should be available on the Aromatherapy Council’s website.
  7. There are no 100% natural preservatives which work as well as the chemical ones, so store you potions in accordance with the instructions on each recipe. If in doubt, chuck it out.
  8. Remember to always do a patch test before you use any lotions, just in case you are allergic.
  9. If you do want to go into business selling beauty products, it’s essential that you do your research, as you may require insurance and safety testing.

We got all these recipes from The Holistic Beauty Book by Star Khechara published by Green Books.

The book has over 100 natural recipes for gorgeous, healthy skin so you can get creating your own treatments right now. You can pick up a copy on Amazon here.


Vanilla Spice Scrub

Shelf-life: 3 months

Skin types: suitable for all


  • 300g white granulated sugar
  • Half a bottle of vanilla essence
  • 100-200ml unrefined sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp of nutmeg powder
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon powder

How to make

  1. Mix the sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon in a bowl
  2. Add the oil and vanilla essence while stirring until a thick paste is achieved. If the mixture is too stiff, add a little more oil
  3. Store in a jar (Kilner jars look pretty)

How to use

Dampen skin, and massage gently into skin. Rinse off thoroughly.


After eight(ish) chocolate mint scrub

For a slightly more exotic scrub, why not try the after-eight(ish) chocolate mint scrub. Most of these ingredients can be bought at the supermarket, and you can get the virgin coconut oil from Sheabuttercottage.

Shelf-life: 3 months

Skin types: suitable for all

Ingredientshomemade beauty treatments50g fair-trade/organic dark brown sugar

  • 30g organic or raw cocoa powder
  • 50g dried peppermint (or several opened-up peppermint tea bags)
  • 100-150ml virgin coconut oil/butter

How to make

  1. Mix the sugar, cocoa powder and dried peppermint in a bowl
  2. Gradually add the oil while stirring until a thick paste is achieved
  3. Store in a jar (Kilner jars look pretty)

How to use

Massage the chocolatey mixture gently all over damp skin; rinse off thoroughly.


Oaty Goodness

Another cheap-to-make beauty product is a ‘soap bag’. One of the ingredients is vegetable or olive oil soap. You can get these from your local health store, and they can cost less than £1.moneymagpie_homemade-beauty-treatments_oats

Shelf-life: 3 months

Skin types: suitable for all, especially sensitive skin


  • 50g fine oatmeal
  • 50g grated pure vegetable soap
  • 50g dried lavender
  • Variation: Use other herbs like ground rose petals or ground orange peel, or an exotic blend of your own!

How to make

  1. Grate the soap
  2. Grind the lavender using the coffee grinder
  3. Mix up all three ingredients in the bowl
  4. Cut a circle of muslin about the size of a large saucer
  5. Place a heap of mixture in the middle
  6. Gather the muslin together like a little sack containing the blend
  7. Tie it up tightly with string or raffia
  8. Store the ready-made bags in a large glass jar

How to use

Use in the shower and soak the little bag under the warm water; it should start to feel squishy and soapy. Use the bag like a bar of soap. The muslin will exfoliate while the oats soothe and the soap cleans. Because the soap is ‘diluted’ with other ingredients, it is not so drying to the skin.


Honey & Oat Cheatin’ Soap

Another vegetable or olive oil soap based beauty product that you can make cheaply, and sell for a good profit, is soap. Making soap from scratch uses a really strong chemical (sodium hydroxide), which can burn skin really badly. The following recipe makes a new and customized soap from melting down an existing one.

Shelf-life: 6 months

Skin types: suitable for all

Ingredientshomemade beauty treatments

  • 200g plain vegetable soap (i.e. the plain olive oil soap you can find in health food shops)
  • 100ml water or herbal tea (cold)
  • 30g medium oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon runny honey
  • Variation Vegans can still make this soap – just leave out the honey and add your favourite plant oil instead for a silky soap.

How to make

  1. Grate your soap very finely
  2. Place in a bowl with the water and set aside for a couple of hours, stirring now and again. Next place the bowl of soap and water on top of pan of simmering water
  3. Add more water if necessary
  4. Keep the heat as low as possible so that the soap melts very slowly
  5. Stir gently until it is a stringy gloop (could take up to an hour!)
  6. Once smooth and molten add the honey and oatmeal
  7. Stir in quickly then straight away pour into your moulds
  8. Leave the soaps to set for 24 hours
  9. Once set tip the soaps out of the moulds and put on a wire rack to dry out
  10. Turn over every couple of days and the soap should be ready to use in 2-4 weeks

How to use

Use with water like everyday soap and remember to rinse well.


Herbal bath bag

homemade beauty treatmentsAnd finally, a herbal bath bag, which is a great alternative to soap, and this recipe uses only two ingredients (or three, if you like) which cuts down on cost.

Shelf-life: 3 months, as a dry mix

Skin types: suitable for all, especially those suffering with eczema


  • 50g organic fine oatmeal (or oatmeal and ground almond blend)
  • 50g dried organic lavender

How to make

1. Grind half of the lavender in a coffee grinder, leaving the rest whole

2. Mix all the ingredients together

3. Tie up in a muslin circle with raffia to make a little sack

4. You can make several of these up at once and store them in a glass jar

How to use

Add to warm bath and use the oaty bag like soap; once it is wet it will feel a bit slimy – that’s the soothing oat-milk coming out. It really does clean effectively but won’t dry skin like soap and is very healing for dry sensitive skin and eczema. Use a bag once only.

We got all these great tips and recipes from The Holistic Beauty Book by Star Khechara published by Green Books. The book has over 100 natural recipes for gorgeous, healthy skin so you can get creating your own treatments right now. You can pick up a copy for just £12.95 on Amazon.The Holistic Beauty Book by Star Khechara


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Halima Malik
Halima Malik

One more point – Post Brexit we may have a different regulatory landscape – lets wait and see what happens.

Halima Malik
Halima Malik

You might want to check out – (fi you are thinking of selling and putting out cosmetic products for sale).

Halima Malik

I really enjoyed reading the article and have a life-long interest in herbal products and related matters. The article was well researched and there’s lots of ideas there. It was interesting and easy to read as well. So well done!

Umukoro unique
Umukoro unique

Your tips are detailed and encouraging. I am propeled to try them myself and when i am perfected start making for sales. Anyone waiting for you to tell them to get a Licence and insurance before they can start it as a business is stupid. Am sure people who are checking this posts are not kids, you mustnt state everything word for word the writeup alone is nice. Thanks

Julie Burke
Julie Burke

There are numerous laws and legislation regarding the selling of Cosmetic Products. You must have a Cosmetic Safety Assessment fr every product, issues by a Chemist and follow various other rules and regulations. Simply making and selling them is breaking the law and could land you with a hefty fine or worse. How irresponsible of the author of this article. Badly researched.

sharon mclean
sharon mclean

What is exactly necessary for the labels and how do you actually get a licence. Thank it’s been so interesting reading all the posts it’s excellent


Ooh good questions there! We will check and come back to you (we will also add it to the article). Thanks for asking!


How utterly irresponsible of the author of this article, to completely leave out the need to have proper safety assessments and liability insurance. This is not a ‘golden goose’ opportunity, but actually a very time consuming and rather expensive business to get into. Certainly not as easy as putting a few bath salts in a bag and making it look pretty. Please do not take this article at face value, but do your research thoroughly and test your products rigorously before you even attempt to sell them. Have a look at a forum called ‘The Dish’, which will offer you… Read more »


I agree. To suggest that people can make and sell products without Liability Insurance among other things is ridiculous! A very time consuming business thats involves alot more than prettying things up.


#9 says to do your research and that insurance may be necessary. FYI

Kenneth Matsunaga
Kenneth Matsunaga

I have use Makari for 6 years it has no effect omn me. Origin is one product that leaves my face clean and beautiful but it does not lighten or tone as descibed

Trista Ellsworth
Trista Ellsworth

I am african american and I have very dark marks on my shoulders and upper back as a result of wearing the wrong sized bra. Now that I am wearing the correct sized bra, I would like to know if either of the products would fade the dark marks from my shoulders and upper back as I am in a wedding in August and the dress is strapless.


a good place to get essential oils and other carrier base oils is they have a good range

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