Store-bought beauty products are often laden with synthetic ingredients, fake fragrances, unnatural fillers, and irritating chemicals. The
best thing about creating your own beauty products is that you can know exactly what you’re putting on your skin and feel confident
that it is nourishing and pure. At the very heart of your handmade beauty products will be the natural, organic, and wild-harvested ingredients
that you select. This chapter will guide you through choosing and using the absolute best ingredients that Mother Nature has to offer.
Buying Natural Ingredients to Improve beauty
These days it is easy to find natural, organic, and wild harvested ingredients to use in hand-crafted skincare formulas. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should use these natural ingredients.
Grow them! Wild-harvest them! Buy them!
If you choose to cultivate your own organic plants and herbs, wild-harvest
them considerately from sustainable sources, or buy them from a highly
regarded natural products company.
Then you can feel good about your decision to use the finest available
ingredients. You should procure many of the ingredients, such as essential oils, carrier oils, butters, waxes, and floral waters, from dependable companies. Here are some significant features to look out for when deciding which company to purchase from:
Does the company offer mostly, if not all, organic and/or wild-harvested products and ingredients?
Is the company a certified organic processor or fully accredited with the USDA National Organic Program?
Does the company exercise Fair Trade practices when dealing with the
growers and harvesters of their ingredients and products?
Is the company mindful of the environment and does it use recycled
materials, post-consumer waste materials, soybean-based inks, and
non-toxic chemicals in printed materials such as flyers, brochures, catalogs, and receipts?
Does the company use sustainable packaging for all of its products? Glass
packaging is best, although the use of PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) is a practical recyclable plastic option.
Does the company offer fresh products at fair prices?