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  • uptomyeyes1984
    anyone out there that makes their own bits?
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  • ladydragon
    Hi there...

    I have my own business manufacturing natural bath and body products and unfortunately, it is neither easy or inexpensive to start up... Although it is a very rewarding craft if you are a bit of an alchemist in disguise...

    You absolutely need to have your products (each and every one) certified by an independent toxicologist or cosmetic chemist for safety and also have insurance... You must abide by the 2004 (plus 2008 ammendments) EU Directive for cosmetics... Anything that cleanses or perfumes or enhances the skin in any way (ie moisturiser) is classed as a cosmetic... You need to register with BERR for soapmaking on the premises and trading standards as labelling requirements are very stringent...

    I don't mean to put you off as people can and do make their own products and have successful businesses doing so - and it is really good fun too if you are naturally crafty... But, it is an expensive process starting off in both obtaining certification and 'wasting' materials in perfecting products to sale point... You'll never be short of soap etc though...

    The rules are very complex and strict - product information files need to be kept for ingredient traceability and they must be available for inspection at short notice... You can't be insured without certification and unfortunately, in today's litigous society it is financial suicide to sell uncertified products if one of your customers has a resulting rash etc and decides to take you to court for compensation...

    It can be done though and if you wish to pursue it I wish you luck and would be happy to offer what advice I can...

    I hope this helps... I'm not sure if it is allowed to post links as I'm a newbie on this forum - but there is a UK/EU forum specifically for candle and soap makers (called Candles Soaps n' Scents) as the regs within the UK/EU are very different to the US where the 'older' forums are based...

    Warm regards, LD x
    • savvy
    • By savvy 14th Nov 08, 7:31 PM
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    Hi uptomyeyes1984, I've merged your thread to a similar one that was already running, so that it might be able to help you out
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  • fallen angel shelley
    Hi. I would like to start making my own bath bombs as gifts, I was wondering if someone could give me a list of the basics that I would need to get started, how much roughly it will cost to start doing and are the kits worth buying, if so who do the best ones.

    Thanks in advance for any replys

    Shelley x
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    • freyasmum
    • By freyasmum 30th Jan 09, 12:55 AM
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    freyasmum
    Hi Shelley,

    The most basic stuff you will need is sodium bicarbonate and citric acid (have a look at the ingredients on the lush website - this is the youki-hi list). You will also find that moulds are handy things to have

    Mix these together (a ratio of 2 or 3 parts sodium bicarb to 1 part citric acid seems to work best) and then add in whichever other ingredients* you want.

    * You can add colours, perfumes, dried flowers, glitter, milk powders, oils, butters, etc.

    HTH
  • UltimateBargainHunter
    Ingredients
    I know you can buy kits from the internet/eBay but I wondered if I can get what a I need locally as I can't wait for deliveries etc.

    I know where to get food colouring and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) but where can i get the following?

    citric acid
    Essential oil
    cornstarch
    Moulds

    Please help, I would love to get practising these today so i can create a lovely valentines gift.

    Thank u
    Last edited by UltimateBargainHunter; 07-02-2009 at 10:35 AM.
  • chazbee
    Citric acid - I *think*you used to be able to buy at chemists
    Cornstarch = cornflour, so local supermarket
    Essential oils - the body shop do some small quantities, as do holland & barret
    Moulds - use anything round the house - I've used old (clean!) yoghurt pots, etc


    hope that helps

    Edit - re moulds, silicone muffin trays make good moulds, and I think there are plenty of heart shaped ones around at the moment :-)
    • blue_ashleigh
    • By blue_ashleigh 11th Mar 09, 4:59 PM
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    blue_ashleigh
    I've just made my first lot of bath melts - I wasn't expecting them to be so good! That's Mother's day sorted!

    Blob of cocoa butter, teaspoon of almond oil, drop of liquid gelatin (can add oils for a certain smell like lavendar but I think the cocoa butter smells quite nice anyway).
    Melt it all down in a pan (very gently heat don't let it boil), pour into ice cube tray ( I have a pretty heart one) leave for at least two hours in fridge or at room temperature. Store in a container away from direct heat and voila.
    • Cullumpster
    • By Cullumpster 15th Mar 09, 10:08 PM
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    Cullumpster
    so i'm probably being a bit thick here but are bath salts just salt with other stuff in it ??? does it just get bunged in a jar and bobs your uncle ??
  • laura2481
    so i'm probably being a bit thick here but are bath salts just salt with other stuff in it ??? does it just get bunged in a jar and bobs your uncle ??
    Originally posted by Cullumpster
    Basically, yes i guess you can keep it as simple as you like or make it quite complicated.
    http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Your-Own-Bath-Salts
    • Cullumpster
    • By Cullumpster 16th Mar 09, 11:35 AM
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    Cullumpster
    Sorry me again where can i get epsom salts from i've never heard of them !
  • craftlady
    Ask at the pharmacy counter in your chemist.. 4 for 2Kg
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    • betterlife
    • By betterlife 17th Mar 09, 11:12 PM
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    betterlife
    homemade natural bath and toiletries for adults and children
    hi, im hoping there might be some people on here that can help me, in a bid to go more eco friendly i would like to make my own bath products, shampoos, skin creams, etc for me , my husband and 4 children (one of which is 8mths). if anyone has any instructions, recipes, idea`s, advice or links i`d be very greatful, thankyou.
    • Cullumpster
    • By Cullumpster 19th Mar 09, 10:31 PM
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    Cullumpster
    you're a star thanks

    Just to be extra annoying and ask another question, how far in advance can you make these i.e weeks months years? sorry to be a pain in the harris
    • savvy
    • By savvy 22nd Mar 09, 6:53 PM
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    savvy
    Hi betterlife, I've moved you here as this may give you some ideas
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  • wanna-save-more
    Bath Bomb Help????
    Can anybody help me? please

    I'm going to attempt to make some bath bombs,
    I have looked online for receipes,but they are all different!

    would anyone be willing to share their secret,foolproof receipe?....please

    I think i have worked out that 'corn starch' is 'cornflour' is that right??
    also what 'oils' can i use? essential oil,bath oil,fragrance oil?? is it what you would use for an oil burner?

    sorry for all the questions,and fingers crossed someone can help me
    xx
  • wanna-save-more
    somebody,,,,,,,anybody.....
    pleeeeeeeeeeeeasssssssssssse xx
  • pretzelnut
    http://www.thesoapkitchen.co.uk/bath_bomb_recipe.htm

    This is a basic bath bomb recipe.

    if you have a scout around ebay and goggle you will find loads of recipes.

    Most bath bomb recipes stem from 2 ingredients - bicarb of soda & citric acid.

    Anything else you choose to put in is up to you.

    If you can get the ikea ice cube moulds these make great little bath bomb shapes and as they are silicone it makes them easier to pop out.

    DO NOT use oil that you would put in an oil burner these are NOT designed to be put next to the skin and might cause a terrible reaction.

    What you do need instead are ''essential oils'' they are about 1.20 for 10mls on ebay, and come in hundreds of scents.

    An alternative to bath bombs is melt and pour soap. have a look for this on ebay. You can use the same ikea moulds and all you have to do to the soap is melt it in the microwave and add an oil or some lavender (available cheaply from a health food shop) wait for them to set and there done.

    You can also pour the soap into cup cake cases - and add a soap embellishment using the ikea moulds, the possibilities are endless, its all about imagination.
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  • wanna-save-more
    Thank you princesswoo that links a great help

    I did a search before but the receipes are all different,do i need to use cornflour?

    I have ordered some bicarb of soda & citric acid from ebay,but thought i would look in town & smell some oils b4 buying them online

    Thanks again for your help

    xx
    Last edited by wanna-save-more; 15-07-2009 at 6:07 PM.
  • pretzelnut
    I have never put cornflour in bath bomb recipe's.

    Essential oils are quite strong as they are concentrated - so bear this in mind when smelling them. basically i have never had a problem buying essential oils on ebay - they smell exactly as they should - strawberry smells like strawberry and is almost edible. Apple is quite refreshing too. you can even get ones that smell like cookies & cream.

    You can add little things like dried rose petals, these will hydrate once in the water and look really pretty floating around. You can also add dried lavender buds, perfect for a relaxing bath.

    Both can be picked up from health shops.
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