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Jenni Defalco

Posts: 456

Stevenage, England, United Kingdom

After a few years in the industry I have taken a very keen interest in the products I am using and the ingredients within them. I used to be a bit of a label whore and to be honest I am not happy with a lot of my kit and am looking to replace it with more natural, cruelty free products.
I have been searching and can't find everything I'm after so am currently looking into developing my own small boutique range of products.
I have a basic understanding of making cosmetics from scratch and am looking into further education in cosmetic science, Ideally I would like to be able to use my products on my clients and to retail them.
Question is has anyone in the UK done this and how did you go about it? Any advice would be appreciated, feel free to pm if preferred x

Jan 24 13 08:22 am Link


Thomas Van Dyke

Posts: 3144

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Jenni Defalco wrote:
I have taken a very keen interest in the products I am using and the ingredients within them...  ...looking into further education in cosmetic science...

Jenni this is a very good thing... Would recommend a reference book which was required reading in my formal training... Milady's Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary this has proven to be a stellar resource to me, albeit it is rather technical thus a solid background in chemistry helps here... was a chemistry minor in college, would recommend formal training through organic chemistry at a minimum and bio chemistry if this is indeed your passion...

Jenni Defalco wrote:
...I would like to be able to use my products on my clients and to retail them...

While not totally familiar with legal aspects of doing this in the UK here across the pond in the US there could be a considerable challenge in obtaining liability insurance coverage for the aforementioned... might be wise to speak to legal counsel in your market to see if this is a scenario that could be achieved in a cost effective manner prior to investing time/energy in the aforementioned... while you certainly can experiment on yourself, the moment you apply product for hire here in the states you can indeed be sued in civil courts should something go wrong...

all the best on your journey...

Jan 24 13 10:20 am Link

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KC hmua

Posts: 183

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

It would be by far a lot easier and safer and less expensive to find an existing line that meets your needs.
There are heaps out there that are cruelty free, perform well and have great ingredients. You just need to keep your eyes open.

Personally i can recommend Korres amazing range and great products. OCC is awesome as well love their lip tars and their concealers. Even their airbrush range is good.

Just keep looking. Here it can cost upward of $100,000 to have ONE product tested by our equivalent of the FDA to approve it "to market for cosmetic purposes" and it is a very stringent process. Unless yo have acess to a manufacturing lab that can prove their purity, safety, sanitation, amongst many many other things its just not worth it unless you are already a big multinational.

There are other companies out there that do have lab facilities that can do the blending and testing for you but cost is a factor and willingness to purchase bulk amounts only apply. One such company here is called new directions, i do believe they work also within the UK or somewhere in the EU. Google them.

All the best.

Jan 25 13 03:19 am Link



Posts: 1

Clearwater, Florida, US

Pigments that are manufactured for make-up come from pigment companies and you can buy from them directly, and then mix them with natural face products.mAllmpigments are manufactured, organic or not. Another choice would be arbonne cosmetics all natural organic great pigments cruelty free.

Jan 31 13 07:47 am Link



Posts: 1655

Grand Rapids, Michigan, US

For what it's worth, I've used quite a bit of Aveda's makeup in my shoots over the years. They mostly cater toward a more natural look, but they have a decent range of lipstick and eyeshadow colors, and it could at least get you started. (They're vegan, cruelty-free, and as organic as possible.)

Jan 31 13 10:48 am Link