Going to start making my own products

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I have purchased some equipment and ingredients online to make my own hair and skin/body products I'm nervous, but hopeful.

Has anyone every done this before and may be able to offer some advice? If so, that would be wonderful! I'm a bit lost, haha, especially with getting precise measurements.

Also, I don't have much packaging, but I was wondering if maybe I could utilize plastic water or soda bottles that would otherwise be thrown into recyling or trash. I figured if I used sterilized water bottles as packaging, it would not break the bank AND it would be more sustainable for the environment. Win-win
Would that be unappealing? Some of my friends want to try what I make, but if I put it in old water bottles, do you think that would kind of be a...turn off?

Thanks!!
2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12


Cleanser: BR种 Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
Water bottles are not sustainable and reusable. They contain bpa which can seep into stored/restored water so I don't know what affects that may have on your products. I'd reuse old product bottles and containers. Conditioner bottles, KCCC tubs, etc.
Rae ~ 2c/3a ~
Wife to a 3c Curly Guy
Mom to a straight and a curly.


"The Longer the Hair, the Bigger the Blob."

Porous, very dense but fine hair. Medium everything else.
CoWash: Tressemee naturals
RO: Generic biolage and generic joico k-pak
LI: Tresemee
Miss Jessie's Pillow soft curls, diffuse 50%, add KCCC and diffuse to 80%.
Always wash upside down.
They sell bottle and jars for this purpose, probably from the same place you purchased your ingredients!
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2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Just saying, I'd definetely try out yours products if you needed anyone else to try them lol. I find that products that arent sold in stores are usually better for my hair(:
If this works out you could put your stuff on etsy! I commend you on your initiative and DIY spirit.
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

Thank you so much for the support and advice! I would definitely only use BPA free water/soda bottles (we try to avoid BPA in our household anyway,) and try to find a way to, if possible, convert it into a pump bottle

I was hoping if the products worked out, I could sell them on Etsy and donate 40% of the profits to charity If anyone would like to test, that would be wonderful! Right now, I have formulas for a cleansing conditioner, rinse out (or leave-in,) curl gelly, skin cleanser, and skin lotion. Again, thank you so much for the feedback!
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2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12


Cleanser: BR种 Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
Please do not reuse bottles for cosmetics. AT ALL.

If you did your research, you would find that this is a NO NO.

If you are willing to invest in ingredients and equipment, you should also be willing to invest in packaging. Please do not reuse bottles (bpa free or not). It is not sanitary.
Oh alright, thank you! I'm sorry...I'm so new to the DIY. I did buy some cosmetic bottles online with the ingredients, but only ten. I guess once I need more I'll find something on ground, maybe at a large craft/hobby store?
2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12


Cleanser: BR种 Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
Yes. Cosmetic formulation is a serious business, and those who take it lightly spoil it for those who take it for the serious job it is. Please do your research, use clean (NEW) bottles and jars and make sure you use a preservative and use GMP.
Oh alright, thank you! I'm sorry...I'm so new to the DIY. I did buy some cosmetic bottles online with the ingredients, but only ten. I guess once I need more I'll find something on ground, maybe at a large craft/hobby store?
Originally Posted by dresdendoll
Actually yes. Try Michael's. Or maybe Ebay might have a distributor. I'd like to check your stuff because I'm also wary of synthetic ingredients. And it's nice that you're coarse like me! I looked into that spiral solutions line based on someone's suggestion and noticed how protein heavy it seemed. It turns out the creator's a fine-haired curly so we need someone from the other end of the spectrum to represent.
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3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

I know our properties are a little different, but I would love to try your products! It would give you another perspective since my hair is fine...
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3a, baby fine i/ii, low to normal porosity, protein sensitive
Mod CG since 5/12, from rainy Western WA
dislikes: glycerin, wheat protein
Likes: moisture, Mag Sulfate
Poo: Elucence Moisture Acidifying Shampoo
Cond: CJCR, VO5 Clarifying Conditioner
LI: JC WDT, CJ CR
Style: Loma Curvature Curvy Cream, True Polaris Protein Free Truly curly styling gel (Etsy), Sweet Curls flax seed defining gel (Etsy)
Thank you, hair twin!! That would be amazing
2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12


Cleanser: BR种 Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
Update! I was really sad because my products just weren't working The emulsions would not mix, and no matter what I tried, what with double boilers and such, I just could not make conditioner.

Tonight, though, I thought maybe it'd be easier if I combined the water phase with the emulsifiers in one Pyrex glass and microwaved it. It worked so much better!! I made a gentle foaming cleansing conditioner and have a rinse out/leave-in conditioner setting right now. I also made some gel/gelly product, but it turned into more of a thin serum, so I might try it again but use a thickener this time.

2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12


Cleanser: BR种 Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
Awesome news! Good luck :-)
3B/Medium Texture/Normal Porosity
Co-Wash: Suave Naturals or Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture
Conditioner: GVP Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm
Leave-In: Giovanni Direct Leave-In
Anti-Frizz: Curl Keeper
Gel: Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel; LA Looks Sport Gel; LA Looks Nutra Curl; IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel
Update! I was really sad because my products just weren't working The emulsions would not mix, and no matter what I tried, what with double boilers and such, I just could not make conditioner.

Tonight, though, I thought maybe it'd be easier if I combined the water phase with the emulsifiers in one Pyrex glass and microwaved it. It worked so much better!! I made a gentle foaming cleansing conditioner and have a rinse out/leave-in conditioner setting right now. I also made some gel/gelly product, but it turned into more of a thin serum, so I might try it again but use a thickener this time.

Originally Posted by dresdendoll
You have to heat both phases to a certain temperature and then use sheer force to mix them. I don't know what you were doing, so I can't say what you were doing wrong.


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Update! I was really sad because my products just weren't working The emulsions would not mix, and no matter what I tried, what with double boilers and such, I just could not make conditioner.

Tonight, though, I thought maybe it'd be easier if I combined the water phase with the emulsifiers in one Pyrex glass and microwaved it. It worked so much better!! I made a gentle foaming cleansing conditioner and have a rinse out/leave-in conditioner setting right now. I also made some gel/gelly product, but it turned into more of a thin serum, so I might try it again but use a thickener this time.

Originally Posted by dresdendoll
Hope everything works out!! Sounds like it's going really good!
I'm excited about the gelly!
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

Update! I was really sad because my products just weren't working The emulsions would not mix, and no matter what I tried, what with double boilers and such, I just could not make conditioner.

Tonight, though, I thought maybe it'd be easier if I combined the water phase with the emulsifiers in one Pyrex glass and microwaved it. It worked so much better!! I made a gentle foaming cleansing conditioner and have a rinse out/leave-in conditioner setting right now. I also made some gel/gelly product, but it turned into more of a thin serum, so I might try it again but use a thickener this time.

Originally Posted by dresdendoll
There's a new product on the market Sucragel: A Sweet Addition to Natural Hair Products that might help you.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
Thank you, everyone! So far, I think the microwave works a LOT better than heating the phases separately. I'm still tweaking the conditioner, but the co-wash is working surprisingly well! It's a little bit foamy but very thick and moisturizing without leaving build-up. I'll try the conditioner again tomorrow.
2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12


Cleanser: BR种 Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing

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