Starting a Bath and Body Business

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Everyone is turning to non-commercial means when it comes to bath and body products. The basic things you'll ever need for this business are a steady supply of natural ingredients, basic know-how on bath-and-body care product preparation, and a lot of creativity in design, packaging and advertising.

Don’t look now but the bath-and-body industry has boomed dramatically over the last decade, making a once thriving entrepreneurial enterprise into a multi-billion business venture.

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Yes, you got that right – it is now a multi-billion industry. Here is how you can get your finger into the pie. First things first: there is a difference between making commercial and home made bath-and-body products. Commercially produced bath-and-body care products usually have fillers and artificial compounds to make it profitable. Home made bath-and-body care products like bath salts, body lotions, body scrubs, body soaps, facial scrubs, foot lotions, foot scrubs, hand lotions, hand soaps, liquid soaps, moisturizers, natural perfumes, shampoos, stick soaps and spa salts (etc.) should be made with all natural ingredients. There really is no specific formula as to how you should create a bath-and-body product. Part of the adventure with this type of business is experimenting with natural ingredients that are known both for their medicinal and therapeutic value. Popular ingredients may include aloe vera, bees’ wax, coconut oil, honey, papaya and lavender seeds.

If you are seriously considering such a business, you must at least have access to a steady supply of your frequently used natural ingredients. Also, a little background on how to best handle and preserve your ingredients is imperative. There may be combinations of your ingredients which may not work so product testing on the onset is important. Since most, if not all of your ingredients are natural, you should have very little problems when it comes to potential health risks. But still, there may be some risks involved like bees’ wax for example: some people have developed allergic reactions to it and may not be suitable to use in some of your products; although prominent labeling of the ingredients of your bath-and-body products may minimize such potential health risks.

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Basic know how on the preparation of your bath-and-body care line is also imperative. Stick soaps are by far the easiest to master, but you do need special “cooking” apparatus to solidify the soap and cutting instruments to shape and slice the soaps into bars or sticks. Liquid bath-and-body care line products are a bit trickier because almost all of them need to remain in their liquefied or cream state like shampoos, lotions and scrubs. A badly made liquid product will inevitably solidify if you are not careful – so a bit of training on liquid bath-and-body care line products is necessary. Plus you need to find a supplier for the bottles and containers that they are to be packed in. Bath salts or spa salts may look like they are unprocessed, but the opposite is true. Among all the bath-and-body products, the salts are the ones in need of the most processing and tempering. This ensures that none of the products are too abrasive for human use, and that no severe potential threats are hidden in the works in case there are accidental ingestions of the said products.

And because this is a non-commercial venture, you can also use a lot of your creative prowess in packaging you products. You can go as crazy as you like or as subdued as you please. However, you should know that packaging also entail a bit of a cost, so make sure that your bath-and-body product costs more than your packaging. You are, after all, marketing your bath-and-body care line products and not the package materials around it. Some ingenious manufacturers of bath-and-body products have even abandoned individual packaging and wrapping and opted for the all-in-the-basket gift pack. This not only helps save on packaging costs, but it also gives the bath-and-body care line products a rustic charm and appeal.

Once you have everything together, that is when you decide how you want to advertise your products. If your ingredients are predominantly made of bees’ wax and honey, you may want to capitalize on this and base your advertising accordingly. If your product line uses lavender and lavender seeds extensively, then you should make this the very basis of your product promotion.

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103 Comments

  • 1. Shai said on 8/4/2009 3:47:17 PM
    I think you will love this idea
  • 2. Pia said on 8/23/2009 8:34:54 PM
    I am thinking about doing this, but I would like to know who I may turn to for help. Also, who do I have to contact for bottles and \ or containers?
  • 3. teneke cruzado said on 11/4/2009 10:19:42 PM
    I am trying to start my own bath and body works store come you help me in this business thank you for your time
  • 4. mashella said on 1/13/2010 7:09:57 PM
    i am trying to find a good company that sells good essential oils for bath products that aren't watered down, can you help. st.louis mo. 63121
  • 5. dOROTHY said on 1/25/2010 4:30:31 PM
    I'M TRYING TO START THIS BUSINESS AND i NEED A GOOD ESSENTIAL OIL COMPANY. ANY INFO, NEW HOPE, MN 55428
  • 6. Marvel Products said on 4/7/2010 8:45:22 PM
    Marvel Products LLC is a small manufacturer of outstanding Personal Care products. Located in Lewis Center – Ohio, we produce a variety of Environmentally Friendly Products, like Hand Soap, Body Wash, Shower Gel, Hand & Body Lotion, Conditioner, Shampoo Conditioner, Hand Sanitizer, Moisturizing Cream, Butter Cream/Scrub, Exfoliating Cleanser Gel, Face & Body Scrub, Shaving Moisturizing Cream, Body Mist, Room Spray, Lip Gloss, Lip Balm, Baby Wash, Baby Cream, Baby Ointment and Baby Mist, great for the entire family. These products are of good quality, can be made in any fragrance, popular with customers and are packed in Clear Recyclable Containers & Self Standing Pouches (using 75% less plastic than regular containers). Additionally, our mixture's components directly support skin hydration, germ growth prevention and contain pleasant fragrances. We would like to offer the opportunity of registering for FREE as a Business Associate and benefit from the special discounts ( 20% off the Listing Prices and 20% off the Shipping & Handling ) that would allow you to make a good profit on your sales. Visit our website http://www.marvelproduct.com for more detailed information of our products or if you have any question you can contact me at marvelproducts@marvelproduct.com
  • 7. Catherine said on 5/19/2010 9:16:40 AM
    I need help on starting a bath and body business in Santa fe, NM
  • 8. Mandy said on 7/9/2010 11:39:23 AM
    I'VE found a wonderful supplier that beats all the rest of these guys. Mountain Rose Herbs.com!! I'm from canada and I order my oils and packaging from them. There based in the US.100% organic!!! Check it out.
  • 9. Lori said on 7/20/2010 3:53:07 PM
    Starting a sugar and salt scrub business, I am looking for containers wide mouth preferably to package. Thanks
  • 10. Shantel said on 7/22/2010 9:48:19 PM
    Morgan City, Louisiana. I am a single mother of 2 wanting to start my own lil business at home making bath products (salts, sugar & body scrubs, lotion bars, lip balms)!! This idea came about because times are tough and I recently had a small spa party for my daughter and made some salts and a brown sugar scrub and LOVED it!!! Any advice on where to even start would be greatly appreciated :)
  • 11. Shai said on 10/18/2010 4:03:14 PM
    I am a health coach and I make natural products to benefit my clients. I use Mountain Rose Herbs supplies. I would suggest using herbal infused body scrubs as I get rid of those easily. Any type of soaps, scrubs, and lotions move pretty fast. The things that tend to linger, I use those as give aways and then once their gone I don't make them again. Natural lip gloss and herbal infused lip glosses are good too. Just make sure that you are checking to make sure that people aren't allergic to the products you are selling. A good way to ensure that is to do an ingredient list on the packaging. Also, try to use natural packaging such as rafia, twine, and maybe a few twigs wrapped with wild flowers. Good luck to all of you that venture into this biz.
  • 12. Jennifer said on 10/22/2010 4:47:57 PM
    Port Orange, FL - USA. I also have a side business of all natural body care products that I have just began. I agree with Shai that Mountain Rose Herbs is a great resource and use them for many of my herb needs. Great suggestions Shai! Thanks and thanks for the great article!
  • 13. lisa woodrum said on 12/6/2010 5:18:44 AM
    hello everyone my name is lisa i'm very excited starting my new body scrub line "The Royalty Collection" i'm new at this and could use everyone' support and prayers they would be greatly appreciated. oh ya i forgot i live in Las Vegas, Nevada also thank you for your time xoxo
  • 14. Deon said on 1/5/2011 12:24:04 PM
    Gulf Breeze, FL. I am in the process of starting biz selling soap and creams ... are there any particular license or requirements to make and sell homemade bath and body products... or just create your LLC get your tax number and then go for it ????
  • 15. ginny said on 1/16/2011 1:52:01 PM
    hicksville ny I am trying to start a bath & body business i already have a web site can you help me get traffic to the site
  • 16. dianne said on 3/5/2011 1:40:55 AM
    Your articles are great! I make natural skin care products using herbs, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Essential Oils. I sell quite a bit to a local natural food co-op in Nebraska. They love my products. We list our products on their website, fill orders, and on delivery day (once a month) take them to the drop off site. A driver then takes them to the other cities where customers pick up their orders. Check to see if there is a co-op in your state. Good, clear photos, a list of ingredients and benefits really helps sell them! I also have online stores that need more traffic. Any ideas? For low prices on containers I ran across www.BottlesandJars.net. They are going out of business and keep lowering their prices until everything is gone. I have starting out small with limited funds, reinvesting the money from sales to buy more supplies. You don't need a lot of money to start up. Good luck to all of you! Sunflower Acres in Omaha, NE, USA
  • 17. James expert adviser said on 3/5/2011 9:59:18 PM
    @dianne, i just checked your website and if you need to convert your traffic then you have to redo the site. There are many ways get more traffic like organic and ppc. You can also promote through print media.

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • 18. mehara said on 6/15/2011 1:25:24 AM
    i have lot range with stable formulations in cosmetics & BATH PRODUCTS,skin care,i will help confidently to start you to make brand like the body shop & lush. cosmofactsolutions@gmail.com,nit.rajk7@gmail.com
  • 19. Anne said on 7/30/2011 4:45:14 AM
    hello, i came to this site, because i needed some help. i been searching and doing my homework on a home business, I make my own soaps,lotions, bath salts and etc. and i am wanting to expand to the public and not just friends and family anymore, but i can not find info on if i need a licenses or not, can anyone please help me. thank You I live in lincoln county, Oregon
  • 20. Crystal said on 8/23/2011 3:06:36 PM
    Hello. I came across your site during a google search in trying to find some "help" in starting up my own business. I have a little online shop, but I am not sure what route to use to get more exposure... to get more customers to my store or how to get my products into other stores. Can anyone help? Thank you, Crystal of Eugene, Oregon, Lane County
  • 21. jien said on 10/24/2011 4:57:53 PM
    Hi. I am from the Philippines and can supply to the US high quality essential oil and honey straight from bee farms. You can email me at budgetwriter at gmail dot com. Manila, Philippines
  • 22. nthabiseng said on 11/18/2011 8:26:04 PM
    I'm nthabiseng a mother of 3 kids , I'm want to start a business of body products eg I want to know how to manufacture body soap , body lotion and body scrub .
  • 23. Toliya Finney said on 4/23/2012 1:24:16 PM
    Body scrubs is what i'm doing, I have been doing this with friends and family and they love it now I want to start a home base business, how and what do i need to do to get my product out to others..... I'm in memphis tn. Please email me with any ideas that will help.. thanks again..
  • 24. emilia said on 6/4/2012 8:27:40 AM
    please email me how to get license for homemade body lotions,thank you
  • 25. Steven said on 6/5/2012 6:39:09 PM
    Hello, I am a chef that is getting into making ALL organic body scrubs and soaps... BUT i need licensing information for the state of California... where do i find this info?
  • 26. marie said on 6/8/2012 6:41:45 PM
    hello, i've been doing body butters and hair moisturizers for friends and family. what do i need to do to start selling to other people. do i need licensing and or patenting the product first...i'm in oxonhill md. thank you.
  • 27. Topia said on 6/9/2012 8:15:32 PM
    I am located in the suburbs of philadelphia, pennsylvania. I also have been making natural products (hair and skin butters/creams) for years for friends and family. I wold like to officially expand my business. I have a name for my company. Should I begin process of registration? Also, do I need to patent the products that I have available?
  • 28. Misty said on 7/15/2012 11:27:11 PM
    I am also researching and not finding info on if you need to insure or patent your product. I am in Nebraska. If anyone knows, please respond! Thank you.
  • 29. Brent said on 8/12/2012 6:14:49 AM
    Crystal its simple take samples of your product to your local retailers make sure you are ready to take orders on the spot also make sure your products are retail ready ie upc codes and labeling have a business, card and, website ready to pass on if I can be further help you can email me
  • 30. Lori Kasper said on 8/30/2012 12:48:44 PM
    Goodlettsville, tennessee, I am trying to find out if I need to small business license or home occupation license to make sugar scrubs from home, Sale to friends, co-workers, flea markets.. I am just not sure of the requirements in tennessee Thank you Lori
  • 31. paula william said on 9/4/2012 2:13:27 PM
    we wish to purchase Deodorant, Body Spray, Perfumes, bathing soap. Kindly get us a quote on the items that is available in stock. Provide a quote and advise payments options? Your response will be appreciated. Best regards.
  • 32. Tuty Subagio said on 9/12/2012 1:31:25 PM
    Hi, I just want to know how to become distributor or franchisee Bath and Body works in Indonesia, can you help me, please send me information what I need to do ! Thanks for the information .
  • 33. Arlene Wilson said on 9/30/2012 12:34:26 PM
    Houston, Texas. I make handmade scented soy candle and bath and body products but my problem is how can I get my products out to the public I also make bride and groom candles and flower bouquets for brides out of candles. Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated.
  • 34. Arlisha Edwards said on 10/5/2012 12:06:06 PM
    Carneys Point, NJ. Great information! Need help on pricing my products. Is there a formula I can use for this? Thanks
  • 35. Margaret Meyer said on 11/18/2012 1:16:10 AM
    I live in Montana and want to know how to start a bath and body product business out of my home. Sugar scrubs, bath salts, bath bombs, lotion bars, deodorant. Thank you!
  • 36. Alexia charles said on 11/27/2012 7:32:26 PM
    I have always find the products of bath and body works in the USA very fascinating, and I am aware that if our local people are exposed to them, they will lok. I would like to operate a branch of that same store in my home country, what would be the procedure to do that, and how much would it cost me to carry the franchise? Where would I order the products - I would like to carry the same products sold presently at bath and body works. Please guide me, I would like to bring that dream through within the next 2-3 yrs.
  • 37. Jellybean said on 11/30/2012 2:54:07 PM
    Hi. Anyone know where I can purchase essential oils and jojoba oil at a more economical price? The prices are so high! what about lotion containers, lip tubes and also non-rusting tin containers for the butters? We are located in Vancouver B.C. I buy locally and also from the states. We are part-time crafters who did our first xmas craft fair just this month. We are still learning the ropes. Also, we did this one fair just last week and it seemed like almost every other person we asked to try our essential oil scented products claimed they have allergies??? I was thinking did we perhaps end up in the wrong fair? It was a juried fair also. I thought the judges will know their own customers. Thanks.
  • 38. Jacquelyn silverman said on 11/30/2012 10:20:56 PM
    Hi I am starting my own bath and body business as well as handmade costume Jewelry I have a ny tax id- Ein . I am in need of a bath and body bulk products wholesaler for packaging, bottles tops, bath salts essential oils and a label making company, advertising company and jewelry making wholesale bulk product company low cost and quality is what I'm looking for I need t shop around so please send me 2 -3 listings of each type of company wholesalers
  • 39. Sherry said on 12/8/2012 12:04:48 PM
    Hi, I live in a small town near Nashville, Tn. I, like lots of other people, dream of having my own home-based business. I've been doing some research on what I need to do to comply with the FDA and any state agencies that may be required when starting a bath and body business. I'm getting a little discouraged. What I've learned so far is that small home-based businesses are held to the same rules and regulations as the larger companies. Which is all fine and well, but I've also been reading that there are no approved natural preservatives, by the FDA, and that essential oils would have to be used at unsafe levels to be effective. All these products that I see on the shelves at places like "Whole Body" must have something in them to prolong shelf-life. What can be used to preserve my products and still be all natural? Where can I learn more about what I need to do to become legitimate and compliant with any and all agencies that apply? I want to do this right. I don't want to break and laws, rules or have to pay any fines. Thanks in advance for any and all advice.
  • 40. SPA SALT boutique said on 12/11/2012 4:24:44 PM
    HI, my name is Josie, an esthetician, beauty editorial writer, painter, event planner, and mother; I found there is so much great care to give others. I love making handmade bath salt scrubs, soaks, and spritzers for the face, body and air. I give them as gifts to friends & family, currently. I have looked at franchising through fran corp. This is the best company in franchising. I would love to have my concept out there helping out all of our same concept and do what we enjoy to do. I am looking at opening my small boutique inside We'll Clean Auto Spa located at 2261 N. Clybourn Avenue., Chicago, IL 60614. I love all the great information from all who love bath products (true real) products that are made without all the chemicals and colors. Back to the basics. I agree, we all have our work cut out when it comes to business!
  • 41. Michele Johannesson said on 12/31/2012 3:20:36 AM
    Trying to start a bath and body business in Orange, California. Can I legally sell products made at home? I am thinking of starting at the local farmers market, will I need anything other than a business license? Thanks for the help.
  • 42. Javier Landmark said on 1/17/2013 2:33:52 PM
    My name is Javier Landmark, I'm cosmetics product business developer. I provide all stages of service in this business (formula evaluation, development, stability testing, packaging design, branding, FDA regulation and operations. If you have any question you can contact me to lacarrye2006@yahoo.com. Regards, Javier
  • 43. Danielle said on 1/23/2013 10:41:28 PM
    I am a stay at home Mom who has always made DIY gifts. Some of my favorites include body scrubs and lotions. Because I always give them away as gifts, I have never worried about expiration dates. First of all, do you know how long a basic scrub (oil, sugar, brown sugar, etc.) lasts? And how do you advertise that expiration date? Also, what do I need to do to legally sell these scrubs and lotions in California? And do you have any great (cheap) websites/companies for the essential oils? And the jars (preferably short wide mouth jars)? Thank you for all your help!! Danielle
  • 44. Kasha said on 1/28/2013 1:53:58 PM
    I am trying to start a small business and I would like to find out how long a basic scrub (oil, sugar, brown sugar, etc.) lasts? And how do I advertise that expiration date? Also, what do I need to do to legally sell these scrubs in the Caribbean? And do you have any great (cheap) websites/companies for the essential oils? And the jars (preferably short wide mouth jars)? Kasha
  • 45. eunice said on 1/29/2013 8:00:14 PM
    hi i have a new idea for a body wash. finding someone to make a sample is very difficult. i am not sure how to start or what direction to take. can u help? contact me on mystique_1tt@yahoo.com thanks i am from the caribbean.
  • 46. Rachel said on 2/17/2013 6:46:41 PM
    What about labeling, like if you make a natural scrub what are the labeling laws on this? Are you required to list all of your ingredients? What if you dont want anyone to steal your idea?
  • 47. Natasha said on 3/21/2013 7:54:26 PM
    What kind of license do I need to make body products at home to sell in Ohio?
  • 48. isatu said on 3/30/2013 6:37:03 PM
    my name is isatu ,am looking for where i can get some some bottles and jars for my lotions business. thanks from chester pa.
  • 49. Carole Boone said on 4/8/2013 12:35:55 PM
    Hi, I'm in Chicago, Illinois and would like to start a home-based business selling shea butter, sugar scrubs etc. Not sure of how to obtain license and/or permits. Also not sure of how to obtain copyrights of my products web site etc. Thanks for all of the information.
  • 50. angela said on 4/14/2013 7:11:10 PM
    Hello, I have a bath and body business still new and I need help with my labels. I have been designing them myself so far but I want a different waterproof type of label, please help.
  • 51. Netta said on 4/17/2013 9:19:24 AM
    Hi, I'm in Bolingbrook, Illinois and I want to start a home-base business selling bubble bath bombs, sugar scrubs how do I start.Do I need to obtain a home business permit.
  • 52. Nick said on 4/18/2013 1:36:01 PM
    My company is a label and flexible packaging manufacturer headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. We have a lot of experience in the health and beauty market. I can help you with your label construction.
  • 53. made roni said on 4/23/2013 2:06:18 AM
    i need help please. i am going to start my online body scrubb product using natural ingredient , but i'm just wondering how long will last , because no chemical or preservative on the product ? also i would like to join health spa community . thanks guys
  • 54. made roni said on 4/23/2013 2:07:52 AM
    also i need an essential oil supplier
  • 55. Jolee said on 4/23/2013 9:16:24 AM
    My company is able to supply jars and bottles to fit your packaging requirements. We offer custom capabilities for large or small orders. Please feel free to contact me at any time. Sincerely, Jolee@glassdynamicsllc.com
  • 56. Adrienne Bevington said on 4/28/2013 9:13:35 PM
    I want to either join a bath and body business or start my own. I've been out of work for two years and I can't find employment. Also I have allergies to many things so i would have to look into different ingredients. I'm not sure where to start or who to talk to for advice. Thanks. A.B.
  • 57. Eugenia Akuete said on 5/11/2013 3:40:25 PM
    I am a producer of 100% natural unrefined shea butter and African black soap and liquid black soap. I am also a supplier of food grade cocoa butter, virgin coconut oil, hand crafted neem oil. Any body interested in sourcing these and other exotic natural oils from Africa at affordable prices please email me at motherakuete@hotmail.com.
  • 58. bessie said on 5/14/2013 3:40:02 AM
    hi, I currently own a small spa in zambia, africa. I want to start my own body care line for African women. I have no clue where to start from. how do i start manufacture my own body care line. Please help.
  • 59. rahul said on 6/11/2013 10:22:48 PM
    Permission and license to manufacture deodorants in india
  • 60. Yasmin said on 6/23/2013 9:31:07 AM
    Hi I make my own natural, organic and pharmaceutical face and body's scrubs. I really want to start my own business in this area but have not studied or got any qualifications in this persific area. I want to know if their are any courses? Or any information on how to start up a business in this sector? I am from London in England I am young only 20 years old currently seeking to study business. I am hoping that studying business will give me the right incentive and idea to know how to start up a business. Pls can some one give me advice on where to start and how to get about it???
  • 61. Kristie said on 7/22/2013 11:02:10 PM
    Can you please tell me the best steps in starting a bath business and who is a good manufacturer that I could do business with? Thank You, Kristie in Tennessee
  • 62. Sasha Chong said on 9/12/2013 8:24:08 PM
    A pleasant good day to you. I am interested in producing a bath and body line and have just came across this site' which I have found to be very informative. I am new to this kind of business so any advice, suggestions/tips are welcomed and greatly appreciated. I am actually from the Caribbean, Jamaica to be exact. My husband and I have recently started a honey production business and wants to begin a body line using honey as well from our business. I await your response
  • 63. raja said on 9/14/2013 2:57:31 PM
    Hi it's been over 6 month i'm thinking to do my on packaging company in india the packaging is body shop product . can any one help me where to start from i know some one who can product bottles but i only need raw product any body know the supplier over there india .
  • 64. Guilene said on 9/23/2013 1:53:57 PM
    I do not have a business yet, but I am hoping to start a home business . My plan is to start making body scrubs and foot scrubs, any idea how to start. Please help, Lady from Vineland ,new jersey 08360
  • 65. Stacia said on 10/10/2013 4:35:45 PM
    I would like to start a small natural skin care products business ( lotions, hair care, soap, scrubs, clay masks, body butters, lip balms etch). Technically, I would like to tern my hobby in to business. What kind of license do I need to make skin care products at home to sell in Canada, ON? Thank you. Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • 66. Darley Rice said on 10/19/2013 11:45:13 PM
    Hollywood, Ca. Hi, I registered my business name & I have a sellers permit to sell my spa bath salt soak & sugar and salt body scrubs. I have to order more inventory for the salt scrubs. My question is what is the best way to get started selling my all natural spa products? I think I am ready to start my launch at my local farmers market, but is there any other important information that I should know? Please let me know thanks
  • 67. LINDA said on 10/31/2013 7:44:45 AM
    CROSWELL MICHIGAN DO I NEED A LICENSEE TO SALE HOME MADE BATH AND BODY SOAPS IF SO WHAT KIND OF LICENSE DO I NEED I WOULD LIKE TO GROW LAVENDER AND MAKE OILS THANKS
  • 68. kerry said on 11/10/2013 8:17:55 PM
    I'm looking for a quality distillation machine. Carrie, do you have any sources?
  • 69. mary said on 11/11/2013 9:01:23 AM
    hi i would like to start a home based business in pa it would be candles and bath and body and essential oils what are the requirements that i would need i am not certified in any and where are the good supplies i would need any info to helping me start would greatly be appreciated
  • 70. Brenda said on 11/18/2013 4:33:43 PM
    I am wanting to start up a small bath/body, candle, oil boutique store in Colorado. as I see there are many relevant questions on here, I am not seeing any answers. I have all the sources information, the know how, the where etc but I too am looking for help in the way of grants to help me get this started. any information would be very helpful and greatly appreciated.
  • 71. Lisa Woodrum said on 12/18/2013 12:43:21 AM
    Hello i hv my own sugar & salt citrus body scrub BUT, i need something natural that is inexpensive i can add to my product to preserve it PLEASE HELP do you have any answers for me? THANK YOU
  • 72. Mandy Louallen said on 1/9/2014 9:19:40 AM
    Vitamin E oil is a natural preservative. It still will not have the shelf life of commercial products but it will extend the life of your natural ingredients.
  • 73. Tina said on 1/13/2014 1:39:08 AM
    I am looking into starting my own bath and body business. In OHIO. I make all-natural products. Do I need a license or permit, FDA. anything to sell my homemade products to the public in Ohio?
  • 74. Lynette said on 1/25/2014 3:50:24 PM
    I'm starting up a bath/bodycare company to sell homemade deodorant, toothpaste, chopsticks, lotions, etc. I also have an LLC and an EIN, do I need any other type of license or insurance before I start selling to the public under the company name? (Chicago, IL)
  • 75. Amanda Bissig said on 3/18/2014 9:33:11 AM
    Moore, SC. I have a 1 product whipped body oil skincare business called Essential Coconut that so far has done nicely at the Art Markets & local fairs :)I use only 5 ingredients that are all natural so there is no need for any preservatives, waxes, or artificial anything :) My question is where do I find a reasonably priced place that can help me package/make my stuff w/o charging me an arm & leg & taking away that handmade/homemade appeal! Or is it better to get a little kitchen space & hire a few people to make it with me? Also what is a good way to market to stores that are afraid to carry a product that is made in your home? If my product says Sleepytime is that considered a "drug" b/c I'm implying it helps to sleep & should I change the name? Thanks so much for your time
  • 76. donna theilen said on 3/24/2014 5:38:27 PM
    how do i start a bath and body business in Clay County, Missouri
  • 77. elizabeth said on 4/7/2014 11:01:10 AM
    I am a mother of 2, I am thinking of starting my own body scrub business here in Germantown, Maryland. Are there any FDA Regulations or state laws that need to be met before beginning a homemade body scrub business? Help, Times are tough and I need to support my little girls. Thanks. I live in Germantown, md 20874.
  • 78. Bee said on 5/4/2014 6:23:14 AM
    I would love to start an online business in Singapore. It will be a niche market over here. As most of the people are getting their ingredients mainly through online in US and other countries. As some of the natural ingredients are rather difficult to get it locally or too pricing to pay here too. I have basic knowledge of making M&P soap (can't import "Lye" as we need license to do so and for home business is not recommended here) Exploring and experimenting stage on my hand and body cream and lotion and lip balm etc. I'm not too sure where to get good rate on natural and raw material at a good rate and what will be the shipping rate and ranges of products I can find.
  • 79. pramod kumar said on 5/9/2014 8:23:53 AM
    I would like to start a body spray company in india. Could some one help me on below topic. Investment, Raw material, License. Thanks Pramod kumar
  • 80. sonal said on 5/25/2014 2:50:41 AM
    I would like to start a body scrub and herbal face pack business from home in India. Can anyone pl. tell me whether I need a license of any type to do the same. thanks in advance...
  • 81. Nicole said on 6/1/2014 1:54:18 AM
    Hi I'm VERY interested in starting my own sugar scrub business, but have no clue where to start. I need help figuring out all the steps, rules and regulations to starting my business. I live in Garden Grove California. Thanks, Nicole
  • 82. Lisa said on 6/9/2014 2:18:03 PM
    Hi, I am starting to make homemade all natural body wash and will be selling at the flea market may 8 ounce. How do I come up with a good price. And do I need to apply for any license to do this. Chicago, IL
  • 83. Gareth Sawers said on 6/25/2014 7:17:39 AM
    Hi, I have just created my own body scrub and I'm looking for a great container/pouch to package it in. I have specific ideas but I'm finding it hard to source the packaging. Are you able to help please? Thanks
  • 84. Ryan said on 7/23/2014 8:30:31 PM
    We have recently started a natural beauty product line (scrubs, body butters, etc). We also set up an LLC, is that enough or do we need insurance, license, permits etc? We are in Wallingford, CT. Also, how specific of an ingredient list do we need and do we need to put disclaimers on the products themselves ie. keep out of reach of children or not for human consumption.
  • 85. lataska said on 9/28/2014 9:52:46 AM
    I am wanting to start my own natural care products be abuse I'm a stickler for organic products. I have 2 girls and I really want to get out of the corporate arena and do something I love. I need help in getting started. Can someone offer me advice, please!
  • 86. Misty said on 10/24/2014 2:58:28 AM
    I am wanting to understand the labeling requirements for bath and body products. Do they have to be directly on the container or can I add a tag with the information either tied onto the container or just included in the package itself? Also I need to know what type of license I need to sell my products. The only one I have at the moment is from my city. I live in Richfield, Utah. Thank you!
  • 87. Taylor Morrison said on 10/24/2014 8:00:39 AM
    We have products ready for you to purchase from us. We can start you with a sample kit and you can do home parties or we can guide you and consult you in getting your company started. We do charge a consulting fee to assist you but it is well worth it.
  • 88. patricia womack said on 11/17/2014 4:43:20 PM
    we are looking to start our own body products business. we are located in the poconos. what is required? thanks
  • 89. Soni Vijay said on 12/7/2014 4:52:06 AM
    Want to start bath salt & body care products. I want to know which license should i procure & procedure to procure it. Also i want to know about other legal formalities required So plz guide me in this regard
  • 90. Bonita Jones said on 1/6/2015 2:19:31 AM
    Like others I would like to sell my lotions, but I do not know what regulations I have to go by. Do I need a label listing all ingredients, license? Can I add my ingredients to lotion I purchase? Any help will be much appreciated!
  • 91. Denise McFarland said on 2/9/2015 5:34:46 PM
    I am interested in joining the spa community. I am in need of licensing information and bottles, tubes and information on how to maintain shelf life of body scrubs, soaps and lotions. This is for the state of FL. Thank you.
  • 92. Cindy Lee said on 2/21/2015 10:10:57 PM
    I am in NV and began the licensing process for a bath and body company. In NV, apparently you cannot make products at home unless you are in compliance with the laws of the cosmetic industry. This means, a sterile laboratory situation. Proper storage. You have to go through several inspections. You must carry insurance. The list goes on and on. I am not sure what happened to the good old Cottage Industry, but it is going to be non existent one of these days. Not to mention the money you have to pay for all of this is incredible. So, I started to look for laboratories to rent or someone to manufacture at a fair rate, but have had no luck there either. We want to use our own recipes and our ideas. Not use others. So, to all of you, I hope you have great success and better luck than us here in NV
  • 93. Terry King said on 4/7/2015 4:12:23 PM
    I would like to make my own lotions and body butters using products that I have purchased from a reputable wholesale company and sell these at local flea markets and swap shops in Florida. What regulations do I need to adhere to in order to do this.
  • 94. Vita sharp said on 5/4/2015 8:16:09 AM
    I have all the stuff I need to make body scrubs I want to know the law regarding making this at home And selling do I need a license or anything. I live in mass 01089
  • 95. Kate said on 5/7/2015 1:13:25 PM
    Anyone who needs information about licensing you should just contact your local SCORE or Small Business Development Center office. They have all that information and SCORE also offers free startup business counseling.Once you get going, the SBDC can offer counseling on how to get your business to grow!
  • 96. Cathy said on 6/1/2015 1:16:42 AM
    I am interested in starting my own body care business. What do I do about licensing, patents, packaging, and store front versus website? What is the best way to market a product?
  • 97. shaista said on 6/3/2015 11:25:35 AM
    I have completed my course from online school of natural skincare and got my certificate. I have made some oil based samples and gave to some of my friends and relatives. They all liked it very much. Now i want to start this as a small business from home. Just to sell my oil based products such as body scrub. Lip balms, hand creams, foot soak, foot scrybs and foot butter, and some melt and pour soaps to my friends and family. Do i need any permission to sell these or should i start straight away? My products are free from preservatives or any other chemicals. Please guide me
  • 98. ashimolowo said on 7/31/2015 1:11:20 PM
    Pls, I need guidance on organic sources for ingredients needed in my soap and body lotion preparation. Guidance is also needed on sources of beautiful containers most especially from China. What process should be followed as well as dos and don't of production process.
  • 99. Kate Qadir said on 8/25/2015 10:08:49 PM
    How many different varieties of body scrub should I start out with. I'm in the very beginning of starting a body scrub line. Any suggestions ? TNA. Kate
  • 100. Camille said on 1/4/2016 12:57:15 AM
    Hi I've been making handmade Bath and body products for a year now and love what I do but I want to get more customers to know my products. I am on Facebook, Instagram,Google+,LinkedIn to . Also have web store www.scentsationsbycam.storenvy.com I carry a lot of different items like lotions, Cupcake Bathbomb,Bath salts and now even Giftbaskets. I'm based in Cleveland, Oh.
  • 101. Beatrice said on 2/3/2016 3:59:00 PM
    I supply raw 100 % organic shea butter from West Africa . so far it's a home business based in southafrica. am interested in going formal and partner with individuals who are interested in all Natural shea butter . if interested contact me on beatricenayiga@gmail.com. for more details.
  • 102. Golden Bull Sales LLC said on 2/29/2016 10:58:06 PM
    Looking to get insurance coverage for selling raw shoe butter and African black soap. All companies are standoffish due to them not understanding what it is and also seems like they never covered a person for this before. Most insurance companies won't let you just put your label on the butter and the soap raw, any advice?
  • 103. Lori Corcoran said on 7/20/2016 11:54:39 AM
    PLEASE HELP. I DO cp NATURAL SOAP IN MY HOME. I WANT TO EXPAND TO BODY SCRUBS SUGAR SCRUBS. SALT SCRUBS. LIP BALMS. BATH BOMBS. I LIVE IN LEE COUNTY SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.. PLEASE SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE A LICENSE HERE TO DO THIS IN THEIR HOME YET THE FDA WEBSITE SAYS IT IS ILLEGAL.. WHAT AM I MISSING SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME. DESPERATE IN FLORIDA. THANKS.
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