So you are thinking about selling homemade cosmetics in the UK but you don’t know where to start. Read the five things you need to know to help you on your way. Product safety is top priority when selling homemade cosmetics in UK or anywhere else. Your reputation depends upon it, get it right and you’ll get repeat customers and grow your business. And most importantly it’s the law!
1. Know your ingredients
Before selling homemade cosmetics in the UK you want to make sure you know your product inside out. What are the true ingredients? Ingredients can be hidden behind terms like ‘concentrate’ or ‘scent’. Colourings, fragrances and essential oils are composed of many chemicals – some of those allergenic. So to be sure you fully understand your product’s composition request from your supplier accurate and detailed information on INCI names, CAS numbers and allergens (more on this later).
You want this information clearly laid out so draw up your formulation in a table listing ingredients down left hand side and quantities on the right. Including CAS or EC number in the middle. You can go further and include a forth column with the function of the chemical – , diluent, fragrance, colouring etc.
Presenting your formulation in this clearly laid out structure helps you and your regulatory partner (consultancy) understand your ingredients when it comes to preparing a cosmetic Safety assessment (more on this later).