How To Make Your Own Natural Skin Care Products: Equipment & Hygiene

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Making Your Own Natural Skin Care Products

Making your own home-made natural skin care products is fun and rewarding, but you do need to have the right equipment and a very clean work space. Many attempts end in tears because the products just end up a mess and don't last often just because the wrong equipment was used and the products got contaminated.

Following the procedures outlined below you will hopefully be able to avoid many of the pitfalls encountered by beginners trying to make their own home-made skin and personal care products.

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Making Your Own Home-Made Natural Skin Care Products: Equipment & Hygiene


To make your own home-made natural skin care products you will need to have some equipment. The type of equipment you will need will to some degree depend upon the complexity of the products you intend to make. The more complex the products, the more equipment, expertise and non-active ingredients you will need.

Apart from the equipment, to make your own natural skin care products, you will need to observe a very high level of hygiene, otherwise you may introduce bacteria or other micro-organisms into your products, which will make them go off much more quickly and may also cause you some health issues as a result.

Equipment Required to Make Your Own Home-made Natural Skin Care Products:

  • Stainless steel saucepan
  • Stainless steel whisk
  • Spatula
  • Oven
  • Thermometer (useful to measure temperatures up to 100 degrees Celsius)
  • Sterile glass or plastic jars / bottles
  • Measuring scales
  • Measuring jug



  • When using water in your skin care products, only use distilled water, as tap water may contain impurities and microorganisms you would rather not have in your skin care products.
  • Keep equipment for making your own skin care products separate from other cooking utensils and only use them to make your home-made skin care products.
  • Make sure you prepare all your ingredients and have them in reach before you start making your products.
  • Make one product at a time. Resist the temptation to make several products at once.


Observing strict hygiene is very important if you do not want to contaminate your products and potentially create health problems for yourself.

  • Before starting to make your own home-made natural skin care products, wash all your utensils in very hot water. Ideally you should boil your utensils before use - at least the ones you can such as whisks, spoons, measuring jugs, jars, bottles, etc.
  • Wipe down the equipment using alcohol such as ethanol. Ethanol is preferable to Methanol as it does not leave as much residue. This will reduce the chances of contaminating your products.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands and forearms with soap and use disposable gloves when making your products.
  • Wipe down all your work benches before you begin using hot water and soap, followed by ethanol.
  • Keep pets and children out of the kitchen while you make your skin care products.


When you finished making a batch of products, make sure you record the date you made them (for future reference) and label the products. Also record all the steps you have followed, any variations you made to the recipe or additional ingredients you used. This will help you to refine your recipe and over time your products will improve in quality and consistency.

Keep your products in a cool, dark place when storing them to extend their shelf-life.


Have fun and enjoy making your own home-made natural skin care products.


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