Create Your First Space to Make Beauty Products
If you’ve recently developed an interest in making your own beauty products, you may be wondering how to set up a space to do so. Many now-famous names behind top products on the market today started in their own kitchens, and you can do this too, although there are other alternatives available. Here’s an introduction to creating a place where you can experiment with, manufacture, and package your signature lotions and soaps, with tips on all the things you should make sure to consider.
Chronological Steps of Creating Your Custom Space
You want your space to be organized, so you have everything you need within easy reach. Once you have researched the type of items you want to produce, begin by making an inventory of all the things you’ll need.
Divide your inventory into categories, such as raw active ingredients, inactive ingredients, tools, containers, exterior packaging, labels, etc.
Design a space around your needs, thinking about the manufacturing process and where it makes sense to put things.
Assign a location for everything, and label all your drawers and bins. Keep a list of all materials stored out of sight because it’s easy to forget about items once they are stowed away. A spreadsheet that logs all your materials and where they are kept will not only allow you to find materials in a jiffy but also remind you to reorder when supplies run low.
Try out your new layout and see if it works. There’s no rule that says you can’t rearrange your space if the flow isn’t right or when you change your product line.
Location Options for Production
As mentioned above, many beauty product makers begin working in their kitchens, since this is a natural place to find heat, a sink, cabinets, electrical outlets, and the like. If your kitchen is too small, or if you prefer to keep your manufacturing setup out of your family space, you have numerous other options:
storage unit (check with lease rules first)
sharing a space with another manufacturer (dividing the space or alternating days)
renting an industrial space of your own
Depending on whether or not you intend to make an income from your products, you may want to consult a tax specialist about the implications of each of these choices. For example, if you use a space in your home exclusively for your beauty product business, you may be able to take a deduction on your income taxes, using a percentage of the square footage devoted to your enterprise.
What Your Space Will Need
Minimally, your beauty product space should include the following:
a cool, dry place to store ingredients and finished products
sufficient storage: shelving, bins, roll-out carts, etc.
a surface for working, such as a counter or industrial kitchen table, and perhaps a separate surface for packaging and labeling
a heat source (optional, but likely)
water supply and cleanup area
place for files and paperwork: invoices, receipts, supplier info, batch and testing logs, insurance documents, etc.
If you are just having some DIY fun to make products for yourself, your friends, or your family, there aren’t many rules you have to follow. If you intend to sell your goods, however, you should check out the from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) if you are in the US or similar protocols for the country where you reside. There are regulations too regarding the labeling for many products, so be sure to stay on the right side of the law there.
Some beauty product creators find that it’s easier to outsource labeling or even the manufacture of their products, once they come up with formulas they like. You can also buy “blank-slate” base products and add your own scents or other ingredients to create a semi-custom made item. If your business gets big enough, one day, you may automate the entire process and use a fulfillment center to handle orders from soup to nuts. Meanwhile have fun creating your own space and let us know what worked for you!
was started as a way to share luxury massage oils with the world and has expanded to include bath products, hair care, teas, and candles, all of which make customers feel like pampered royalty. What is the impetus for starting your own line of products, and where do you see it going? What problem can you solve for your customers?