5 Storage Tips for Your Handmade Beauty Products

There are tons of benefits to making your own homemade beauty products. You know where the ingredients are coming from, you can use natural alternatives to harmful chemicals, and you usually can get more product for less money. The amount of product you make is up to you, as long as you have a place to properly store it. Here are 5 homemade beauty storage tips from Handmade Beauty.

Size Matters

Bear in mind the size of the batch you are making: a small product, such as an eye cream or a lip balm, will need a suitably small container. Similarly, a body cream or a bath product will require a larger container than a facial product. In general, it’s best to make an amount of product that matches its ideal duration of use, so that you don’t have far more than you can use over a period of weeks or months. In this way, the product will be fresh and used at its optimum. Choosing the right size of packaging will also prevent a possible large airspace in the container if it is underfilled, which could allow some degree of unwelcome oxidation and result in the loss of quality of the product.

If the Cap Fits

The chosen container needs to be secure and leak-proof, and should have a tight-fitting lid to ensure the maximum shelf life for your recipe. Always check that the closure matches the container, and remember that cosmetic jars often come with a shive. This usually takes the form of a flat plastic disc that sits under the lid in order to protect creams, scrubs and gels in transit and in use. Some bottles are fitted with a wad inside the cap, which is to prevent the contents from leaking if the product is left on its side or is sent through the post.

Pump It Up

Owing to their thicker consistency, creams are best suited to storage in jars; lotions work better in pump bottles. If you’re using a pump closure, choose a lotion pump for thinner creams or gels that flow easily; an atomizer pump is suitable for a spray toner, foot spray or perfume. The output of a lotion pump determines how much liquid is dispensed when the pump is activated: you’ll need a low output for an eye cream, a greater one for a body lotion.

New or Reuse?

There are many companies online that supply a wide range of cosmetic containers and closures. Check that the closure will fit the jar or bottle you want. The neck size of a bottle should be stated. This is shown as two numbers separated by an oblique (/): for example, 24/400, where 24 is the outside diameter of the neck expressed in millimetres; 400 refers to the thread style of the bottle neck. The closure you select should have the same bottleneck reference, so as long as you match the sizes, the two elements will fit and your product will not leak.

Glass, Plastic, or Metal

If you have some pretty jars and bottles that you’d like to reuse, it’s important to clean them thoroughly and sterilize them with hot, boiled water prior to filling. Jam jars and cosmetic jars are obvious possibilities; glass bottles should be also fine to repurpose in this way. Plastic, however, can often take on the odour or colour of what was previously stored inside, and therefore may not be suitable. As a general rule, plastic containers should be used only if new. For obvious safety reasons, products for use in the shower should be stored in plastic bottles and, for ease of use, should ideally have flip-tops or pump dispensers.  You may find some aluminium (aluminum) tins that make good containers for wax-based balms or powders. But, in general, metal is not suitable for use with most liquids or products that contain water.

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beauty coverHandmade Beauty is an inspirational guide to making skincare and haircare products at home. Cosmetic experts Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton show how, with a few basic materials and some kitchen equipment, anyone can craft simple yet effective recipes with natural ingredients. Based on the authors’ in-depth knowledge of the use of natural products and active ingredients in contemporary skin- and hair care, Handmade Beauty includes some of the latest thinking in natural cosmetics.
The first part of the book explores the different ingredients, equipment and methods you need to make the cosmetic projects. Juliette and Abi guide you through the basic principles, such as making infusions, and also explain what you need to know about storage and safety. The second part of the book is devoted to 37 luscious recipes for the face, body and hair, plus suggestions for adaptations. The featured projects cater for all skin and hair types, and include face and body scrubs, cleansers, toners, moisturizers, hand creams, lip balms, body butters, bath bombs, foot sprays, shampoos and hair treatments. Step-by-step illustrations and clear instructions throughout ensure that recipes are easy to follow. The book concludes with ideas on packaging and presenting your beautiful homemade products.