Selling Homemade Items on Etsy/Facebook

I am thinking of selling some home made items such as candles, wax melts, bath bombs, bath salts, soaps etc and I wondered if anyone had experience along this line. After doing some research, I see that I dont need special insurance for anything that does not touch the skin, such as candles, wax melts, shower melts but would need insurance for anything that touches the skin. Would I be better just sticking to local craft fayres, really not sure where to go with this, as I have only ever made for myself as a hobby but so many people seem to sell them online now. Any advice, gratefully received. 

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  • soolin
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    I am thinking of selling some home made items such as candles, wax melts, bath bombs, bath salts, soaps etc and I wondered if anyone had experience along this line. After doing some research, I see that I dont need special insurance for anything that does not touch the skin, such as candles, wax melts, shower melts but would need insurance for anything that touches the skin. Would I be better just sticking to local craft fayres, really not sure where to go with this, as I have only ever made for myself as a hobby but so many people seem to sell them online now. Any advice, gratefully received. 
    I make soap but don’t sell it as you need some very chunky insurance, plus you need Official written reports on all your products With the exact ingredients , allergens etc and that looked expensive for the amount I made. You would need that for any platform, including craft and home made fairs and organisers should be asking to see if when you turn up to your booked stall. Melt and pour isn’t too problematic, but the cold method home made soap can be ‘dangerous’ if the chemicals or mixing is slightly off. 

    Just as an example check out ‘the soap kitchen’ as they can do the reports for you. 
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  • Thank you, I will check the soap kitchen out but thought it would be too expensive. So many people seem to sell these items on various sites, wonder if they all actually have insurance ? I may be better sticking to candles and things that dont touch the skin.  I have got the melt and pour kits, the other process looks way too complicated and I dont fancy messing with lye ! Thanks once again.
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    Thank you, I will check the soap kitchen out but thought it would be too expensive. So many people seem to sell these items on various sites, wonder if they all actually have insurance ? I may be better sticking to candles and things that dont touch the skin.  I have got the melt and pour kits, the other process looks way too complicated and I dont fancy messing with lye ! Thanks once again.
    I think its very common these days for sellers on places such as Facebook to not have any insurance at all and certainly aren't registered as a business.  
    If you do decide to sell anything that in any way you can then be sued for, think twice then think again.  Good luck if you take the plunge.
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