How to become a Handmade Cosmetics Maker

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: April 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Handmade cosmetics makers produce a wide range of hair and beauty products, including eyeshadows, lipsticks, blusher and foundation, face, hand and body lotions, soap, shower gels and bath bombs, and perfumes. Many cosmetics makers use only natural ingredients and some design and market their products specifically for end users with sensitive skin.

Handmade cosmetics makers typically sell directly to consumers by mail order, via their own online shop, through online marketplaces such as eBay, and at local markets and craft fairs. Some also sell their products to local gift shops and other specialist retailers.

Handmade cosmetics makers must comply with strict rules covering product ingredients, manufacture and testing methods, and labelling.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a handmade cosmetics maker. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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