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Finding and Formulating Cosmetic Recipes

manufacturing Jul 30, 2019

Original Release Date: June 19, 2019


Today we'll be talking about formulating your own recipes or finding reputable sources online.

Starting Out

Part of the fun in making your own cosmetics products is that you can make whatever you want!! It's fun to experiment with ingredients and techniques, and allows us to exercise our imagination!

If you are a beginner though, it can be nice to have a basic recipe to start with. Something foolproof that can help you get started and gain confidence.

When I first started making soap, I watched a ton of videos on YouTube to learn as much as I could and then found an in-person class to check out. Learning online can be a good start, but actually doing the thing is how you will learn and grow your skills.

Browse these websites:

Soap Queen


La Fille de la Mer 🍁

Humblebee & Me 🍁

Swift Crafty Monkey 🍁

Modern Soapmaking

Lovin Soap

Nerdy Farm Wife

Take a Class:

To find an in-person class in your area, just search "soapmaking/lotion/etc class in (your city)". In Calgary, I went to one held by Soap and More, which is a supply store here.

There are also online programs to join to learn more about how to formulate like Formula Botanica.


Read a book:

Here's a list of a few books to get your started on researching methods, ingredients, techniques, and recipes:

Scientific Soapmaking - Kevin Dunn

There's Lead in Your Lipstick - Gillian Deacon

The Everything Soapmaking Book - Alicia Grosso

Beautiful Handmade Natural Soaps - Marie Browning

Hire an expert:

If formulating is not your zone of genius and you want to hire it out, that's also a great option! I would personally recommend Amyl with The Formulation Lab for all your formulating questions and inquiries!

Start Easy

For a new product, pick an easy recipe to start. Something with just a few ingredients and if you want, a fragrance or EO.

If you're making soap, make sure to double-check the recipe in Soapcalc. It will make sure you have the right ratio of sodium hydroxide to oils and will tell you how much water to add. I also like Brambleberry's fragrance calculator.

Have your recipe on hand and go slow. Double-check your steps and make sure you've added all the ingredients to the recipe.


And the most important part...

Failure is always an option!! The best way to learn is to fail. There's no need to be afraid of it, you either get it right, or you learn from your mistake!

So go out, have fun, and learn lots!

Another fun thing to do if you have Instagram is to follow and learn from other makers on there. You can start conversations, ask questions, and learn lots. You can find me @lilacandclover I look forward to seeing you on the 'gram!


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