Making natural cosmetics and other wonders at home is a fantastic experience, and the truth is that you don’t need a lot of fuss to get started. You just need a few tools that will simplify the creation of your hand-made wonder in an artisanal and professional way.
Below you will find my favorite tools, so you can start concocting magic in no time!
Heat-resistant Glass Jar
Heat-resistant glass beakers are ideal, but Pyrex or borosilicate jars and mini-jars are super useful as well.
Stainless-Steel Saucepan & Pots
You will use them to prepare all cosmetics that use heat. They are also great for making a bain-marie and for heating larger quantities of ingredients.
For some types of cosmetics such as creams and soaps, it is essential to measure the temperature throughout the process of elaboration.
Mix and Measure
These spatulas are the best! They drag all the product from our container without leaving anything behind. + they are heat-resistant
Mixers & Blenders
To make stable creams and soaps, mixers are essential. To make small amounts of lotion, you can use a milk frother.
Mortar and Pestle
A coffee grinder works just as well. You will use it to make your own herbal powders and grind other active ingredients like pigments. The possibilities are endless!
Measuring spoons and stirrers will help you scoop up small amounts of concentrated ingredients such as active ingredients and pigments.
I love these things! The best ones are chemistry lab beakers. Since you’ll be heating your ingredients frequently, make sure the beakers are made of heat-resistant glass, such as Pyrex, or borosilicate.
Another must-have for our creations! For starters, a precision scale that measures from 0.01 gr to 500 gr is more than enough. (I use a jewelry scale, and it works great).
Creating natural cosmetics is like baking, filled with beauty and precision. that’s why pipettes are our best allies.
When working with powders and surfactants we must protect our mouth, nose and eyes, not because the ingredients are harmful, but because they are in powder form and can irritate us.
As with face masks, there are ingredients that can irritate our eyes, especially when making soaps or heating ingredients. That’s why protective goggles are essential.
Reusable rubber Gloves
I love the handiness of gloves, they are great for when handling small hot bowls and other irritating substances.
A disinfectant is essential before starting to create our wonders, at the end of this page you will find some tips to disinfect your materials and your atelier.
Containers and Packaging
You will need them to store some actives and to macerate and prepare herbal extracts. They come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. The colors that best protect the active ingredients are blue, amber, and black because they are very opaque to light.
Both items are infinitely useful, it is best to have several of various sizes. Use the bowls to measure additives before you start, so you have them ready when you need them, and the funnels to make your life easier when packaging liquid products.
I love this category! There are a gazillion options, and they are perfect for solid and zero waste cosmetics! You can make solid shampoos, solid scrubs, solid makeup, solid creams and so many other wonderful things.
More fun Stuff
There are many options for packaging your natural cosmetics, the best are the ones made of glass or biodegradable materials, you can get them on Amazon or in special packaging stores. I love to invent my own labels and give magical names to my creations, like self-love face powder, or inner beauty cream.
Nothing replaces a good notebook to write all your discoveries, secret recipes, formulas, the properties of your favorite plants and aromas!
pH papers and strips are the quickest and cheapest way to measure the pH of cosmetics. They are particularly important for measuring the pH of products with water in them.
Sieves and Filters
Strainers and filters are ideal for straining macerates and other plant extracts as well as fine powders and materials. There are several kinds, cheese cloths, coffee filters and strainers of all sizes.
Where to Buy your Tools and Ingredients
All of these materials are easy to find. If you do a web search for “chemistry lab glassware” you will find many suppliers.
Also, baking stores are wonderful for finding gems and cool tools!
If you are still not sure where to find materials and ingredients, I put together a worldwide supplier guide with tips and ideas for finding everything you need wherever you are in the world. Download it here
How to set up your Atelier
As in natural cosmetics we use extracts, juices and other living ingredients, many microorganisms will feast on our products and damage our creations. It is essential to disinfect the material and to have good hygiene measures. The fewer microbes are in your tools, the more difficult it will be to contaminate the final product.
To sterilize your tools and workspace, you can first clean them manually with a kitchen detergent and do a second wash in the dishwasher at 90ºC. When you’re done, it’s best to store the material in a box away from air, water and possible pollutants.
Before using your tools, spray them with a mixture of alcohol with water (30% water + 70% 96º alcohol). Do not dry them with paper, but allow them to dry naturally.
Btw, Vodka is not strong enough.
There is no need to sterilized and store your tools since they will get contaminated again. Sterilize them at the moment of use.
When preparing your product, try to avoid air currents to minimize contact with microorganism spores. Clean the worktable thoroughly with soap and water, and give it a final wipe with alcohol.
Its Show Time!
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have all the elements or the perfect workstation. They say better done than perfect. My recommendation is to invest in a small stock of materials and ingredients and start right away, the longer you think about it, the more overwhelming it will be.
Choose the top 3 recipes you want to learn, check what you need to make them, invite some friends over for an afternoon of creation and beauty and enjoy the process.
The world of natural cosmetics, herbs, slow living, creation and beauty is so worth it. It is therapeutic, relaxing, and inspiring. If you read this far, it is because you are ready.
I will be here to guide you, inspire you, challenge you and be your artisan friend.
I hope you liked this post. If you have questions, doubts or concerns, don’t hesitate. Write me. I’ll try to answer you at lightning speed.
Meanwhile, you might be interested in reading other posts, being part of the community or discovering the courses and wonders to come.
A warm hug and happy concocting