June 15, 2018 Aidee Erhime
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“Can I make my cosmetics from my kitchen?”

This has been one major question in the DIY community. Can you make your cosmetics from your home? The short answer is ‘Yes’. There are conditions to this though, and questions to ask before venturing into producing from your house.

One of these questions is ‘what kind of personal care product do you intend to make?’

The home, especially the kitchen, is also home to bacteria. This is something that you have to be conscious of. Personal care products like soaps are not as sensitive to the presence of bacteria like their counterparts – lotion, balms etc.

This is probably because soaps, when properly done, tend to have enough pH to kill bacteria because of the presence of Sodium Hydroxide in them and because overtime, whatever amount of water that is present in them, evaporates.

“The home, especially the kitchen, is also home to bacteria”

Making lotion is a different ball game though. One must take conscious care to minimize drastically the amount of contamination present. So even though it is possible to make lotion from your home kitchen, there are steps to take to ensure a clean as possible environment.

In making cosmetics from home, you must:

  1. Use separate utensils from the ones you use to cook
  2. Have enough space in the kitchen to dedicate to making products ONLY.
  3. Always sterilize all your equipment and utensils before making your products.
  4. Ensure that all your raw materials and properly labeled. Poisons should in addition, be kept out of reach of children and pets.
  5. You must follow the GMP guidelines. GMP refers to Good Manufacturing Practices. Some of these guidelines include:
  • Effective measures should be taken to avoid any contamination from the surrounding environment and from pests.
  • Household products containing non-hazardous materials/ingredients and cosmetic products can share the same premises and equipment provided that due care should be exercised to prevent cross contamination and risk of mix-up.
  • Painted line, plastic curtain and flexible barrier in the form of rope or tape may be employed to prevent mix-up.
  • Appropriate changing rooms and facilities should be provided. Toilets should be separated from the production areas to prevent product contamination / cross contamination.
  • Wall and ceiling, where applicable should be smooth and easy to maintain. The floor in processing areas should have a surface that is easy to clean and sanitize.

Download GMP 2018 here.

In Summary

Using a preservative can only do so much. A preservative cannot get rid of all contaminants in your product if the bacterial load is too much.

Therefore whether you are making cosmetics for personal use, as gift to friends or for a small business; whether you are making a mask, a scrub or lotion, you must ensure that you avoid contamination as much as you can especially with products that contain water.

However, when you can, get a separate work space away from your main house, that is dedicated to your production process. That way, you save yourself the stress of being too careful to mix up food with chemicals.

Do you make cosmetics from your home kitchen? What extra caution do you take?


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