Hello Eco-Beauty readers! Today I wanted to share with you some insights creating your own natural beauty products! Below is an interview with Margaret Fohlmeister, my amazing and extremely talented aunt, talking about her soon to be brand Proof! I never really realized one could make their own beauty products until a few holidays ago, I tried one of her lip products, Peppermint Cookie chap stick in a sustainable tin, and it left my lips feeling extremely hydrated! Not to mention it actually smelled like a peppermint cookie! I thought it was the coolest thing! It is not only eco-friendly but can be totally fun to make as well!
- What made you want to start making your own beauty products?
I had just completed a fitness challenge at my local gym that included specific nutrition guidelines. I noticed, by improving what I was eating (minimally processed, organic, etc.), my skin looked and felt better. For example, I always struggled with acne on my arms and upper back and it literally disappeared in the 30 days of changing my diet. This inspired me to do a little more research, if “eating clean” had this kind of effect, it reasoned that using “clean” products could do the same. Not to mention the years of spending gobs of money on expensive products and not really knowing what was in them or seeing any concrete evidence of improvement. It really started though because I enjoyed it. I love the idea of taking a few simple ingredients and turning them into something wonderful and useful.
- What is in your line of products?
Organic, all natural, minimally processed or even raw ingredients. Depending on the product I’m making, I use organic raw shea butter, organic cold pressed coconut oil, 100% grass-fed beef tallow (this is my favorite), essential oils, tocopherol (vitamin E), apple cider vinegar, rose water, organic jojoba, olive, and almond oils… to name a few.
- What types of ingredients do you use?
As I mentioned before, I use organic, all natural, minimally processed or even raw ingredients. What I learned through all my research was that 1. What you put on your skin, you put into your body. Your skin is your largest organ and everything that it soaks into it, is going to be on the inside too. 2. Minimally processed/raw ingredients tend to be best. A lot of the conventional beauty products boast some amazing ingredients (shea butter, coconut oil etc.) but it’s hard for us the consumer to know just how those ingredients are sourced and used and in what quantities. Not to mention that the processing methods used in conventional products (heating at high temperatures, added preservatives, etc.) often negate the naturally occurring benefits of these ingredients.
- How did you learn to make your own beauty products?
I started by checking out different recipes I found in some of the books and websites I was reading along the way. Once I had a better understanding of the ingredients I liked best, I started to experiment with my own combinations to get the product I was looking for.
- How do you feel about the eco-friendly beauty in the market today? Do you find yourself drawn to these types of brands more?
I love it and absolutely! I’m not an expert in the market at all, but for the most part I’ve loved what I’ve found. From my experience, people who are a part of this trend tend to be very passionate about what they are doing, which is essential. The movement in general is important, anything that gets people to start thinking about what they’re putting on their bodies and where it comes from, is a positive thing.
- If you could change something about the eco-friendly make up on the market today what would it be?
I don’t know that there is anything I would change, but I’m still kind of a newbie.
- How has your experience been with selling your products on Etsy? How easy/accessible is it for you to communicate with your customers?
Not there yet, but will be very soon! I hope to have at least a few products ready to go in early 2018.
Please comment below if you have any extra questions about creating your own eco-beauty products! Thanks for reading!