We all love products by Lush and Body Shop, but what many people don’t realise is that you can easily make them yourself at a fraction of the price and sell them. For those of us looking for a creative and enjoyable way to make money at home, making and selling your own range of bath and body products is an idea with real potential. There’s a huge demand for scented soaps, bath bombs, hand and body washes, shampoos and fragrances and plenty of scope for you to make a successful business out of it, whether you open an online store, sell on eBay or Amazon, hold pamper parties or even have a stall at local markets. Who knows, you may even get an order to supply a major retailer!
Benefits of making & selling homemade bath and body products
One of the great benefits of this kind of business is its flexibility. It’s perfect if you’re a work at home mum and need to tailor your hours around the school day or if work full time and want to make a little extra cash in the evenings or at weekends. You can work at your own pace and make and sell as little or as much as you want. If you’re thinking of developing it into a full-time business, you can start small and build up.
Another attraction is simply the joy of making a living out of doing something creative that you enjoy. Creating your own scents and then making a range of colourful products out of them is a job that involves creativity, skill, business acumen and the physical joy of getting stuck in and coming up with an end product. All of which can be done at home – and one that will smell lush at the same time.
How to get started
What holds most of us back when it comes to making and selling spa products is that we don’t have a clue where to start. We all love smellies, but few of us know how to make them well or how market and sell them.Luckily, there’s lots of help and tips out there, we can find hints on presenting products from looking at images on Pinterest and when it comes to making and selling them professionally we can use books like The Handcrafter’s Companion.which has over 125 spa product recipes, including:
- Handcrafted Soaps
- Bath Teas, Additives & Soaks
- Spa Treatments
- Bubble Baths & Bath Bombs
- Butters, Balms, Lotions & Creams
- Scrubs, Polishes, Salts & Masques
- Home Fragrance Products
- Potpourri and Sachets
- Aromatherapy Blends
The book will also you how to how to create your own unique recipes and scents by using a range of essential oils and fragrances.
Besides the recipes for making the products, The Handcrafter’s Companion also shows you:
- Tips & Tools for Getting Started – a “quick start” guide for the complete beginner
- How to Keep Your Work Area Clean and Sanitized
- Health & Safety guideline when working with spa product ingredients
- How to Label Your Spa Products Properly to comply with regulations and the expectations of your customers.
- How to create a brand around your products
- How to create a product color Scheme
- How to source spa product packaging that looks professional and doesn’t cost the earth.
- How to calculate your costs for maximum profitability
- How to promote your products on a small budget
- How to source materials (this includes a supply list of industry suppliers for raw materials, packaging etc)
The Handcrafter’s Companion website is full of excellent customer reviews which also give you an idea of how other people are using and benefiting from the book. There’s also a useful blog on the website with lots of ideas and even an e-course you can enroll on to develop new skills not covered in the book.
For more information about how to make and sell homemade spa products and much more, visit The Handcrafter’s Companion (The book, which is only available from the website, retails for $27.)