If you have been a craft show or a farmers’ market recently you’ve noticed that more and more people are making and selling homemade soaps, toiletries and cosmetics. Gone are the days when the neighborhood soap maker grandmother was a woman with a long cotton dress today’s soap makers are young, stay in the hip-flying housewives homemade lotions, makeup and products bathroom. But are the products that sell better than store brands? More importantly, are they safe? Consider these facts before making your next purchase: * Commercial toiletries are manufactured in clean, modern laboratories are subject to FDA inspection at any time. Cosmetics home, by contrast, are often made in home kitchens, where food preparation, cleaning tasks are performed and the meals you eat. Because they are so small, these home-based businesses often the right to slip under the radar of the FDA and are never inspection. * Commercial companies are obliged to follow a set of FDA guidelines known as the FDA’s good manufacturing practices. These practices include having dedicated work-spaces, dress codes for employees and specific safety procedures.
Homemade cosmetics are often in the presence of pets, children and others not wearing proper clothing, such as hair nets or gloves. No home business can meet the FDA’s GMP for the manufacture of cosmetics. * Commercial companies hire specialists in skin care and doctorate-level chemists to formulate their products. Toiletries homemade are made by people with education ranging from a college degree all the way to the high school dropout. * Commercial manufacturers spend millions on products liability insurance. Based on my experience in the business of toiletries handmade I estimate only 25 percent of home-based makers have reached basic hygiene product liability coverage. * Commercial products go through a lengthy process called “provocation test” to determine its safety. I’ve never met a single home-based maker of toiletries that challenged to test their products for mold, bacteria or yeasts.
Before buying rub with the fragrance of mango wonderful, spend a few moments to meet the person on the other side of the cabin. There are some wonderful micro manufacturers out there. Just know the right questions to ask.