learn how to make & sell bath & body products

learn how to make & sell bath & body products

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Diving into the world of homemade bath and body products can be an enriching experience, offering an opportunity to create personalized items for personal use or to start a business venture. From selecting the best ingredients to mastering the art of fragrance oils, this article will guide you through the process of making and selling your own bath and body products. Whether you're a DIY enthusiast or an aspiring entrepreneur, you'll find valuable insights into crafting blissful bath creations, setting up a shop, and navigating the business hub.

key takeaways

  • Understand the importance of choosing the right ingredients for quality and safety in creating bath and body products.
  • Learn the techniques for mixing, molding, and customizing scents and colors to produce unique and appealing items.
  • Discover the steps to transition from a hobbyist to a small business owner, including setting up an online shop and marketing your products.
  • Gain knowledge about the different types of fragrance oils, their profiles, and the basics of blending to create signature scents.
  • Explore the benefits of makesy's MakerPro Membership and consulting services to support and grow your bath and body product business.

choosing the right ingredients

Diving into the world of bath and body bliss means getting your hands on the right stuff. Think of your kitchen as a lab where magic happens, and every ingredient matters. Whether you're whipping up a soothing body scrub or a fizzy bath bomb, the base ingredients set the stage for your homemade masterpieces.

For a start, let's talk about a fan favorite: the body scrub. A simple mix of sugar or salt with some oil can transform into an exfoliating wonder. Here's a quick list to get you started on your DIY journey:

  • Sugar or Salt: Your exfoliating base
  • Carrier Oils: Sweet almond, coconut, or olive oil for moisture
  • Additives: Charcoal, clays, or botanicals for that extra oomph
  • Scents: Essential oils or fragrance oils to make your creations smell divine


Remember, the best part about DIY is the freedom to experiment. So, grab your makesy ingredients, and let's get mixing!


mixing and molding magic

Alright, wizards of the bath and body realm, it's time to get your hands a little dirty (before they get super clean)! Mixing and molding your own bath bombs and scrubs is like a ticket to a magical spa – made by you, for you. First things first, let's talk about getting that perfect fizz in your bath bombs. You'll want to mix your dry ingredients until they're as fine as the sands of an hourglass. Then, slowly add in your wet ingredients – think of it as a potion that brings your creation to life!

For the bath scrub, it's all about that exfoliating enchantment. Choose a good base – sugar, salt, or even coffee grounds – and then stir in some oils for that silky smooth finish. And here's a pro tip: a dash of your favorite essential or fragrance oil can turn your scrub from mundane to 'Oh WOW, that's good!'

Now, let's get those bath bombs shaped. Pack your mixture into molds – you can use classic sphere molds or get creative with any shape that tickles your fancy. Just make sure to press firmly; you want those halves to stick together like besties. Once they're set, it's like you've cast a spell of relaxation – just drop one in the tub and watch the magic happen!

And remember, the real magic comes from experimenting. So don't be afraid to try new combinations of scents and colors. Who knows? You might just concoct the next big thing in bath time bliss!


customizing scents and colors

Dive into the world of bath and body bliss by customizing your very own scents and colors. It's like being a wizard in your own home lab, except instead of potions, you're whipping up diy bath bombs and bath salts that'll make your next soak a fragrant fantasy.

Start by selecting your base—will it be a fizzy bath bomb or a soothing salt mix? Then, it's time to get creative with a bath kit. These kits are the perfect starting point for beginners and offer a variety of scents and dyes to play with. If you're feeling more adventurous, mix and match to create a signature blend that's all you.

Here's a quick list to get you started on your bath and body kit adventure:

  • Choose a base: bath bomb mix or salt blend
  • Pick your fragrance oils: floral, citrus, earthy... the sky's the limit!
  • Select your colors: go natural or vibrant with botanicals or eco-glitter
  • Test and tweak: mix small batches to find your perfect match

And hey, if you're looking to turn this hobby into a side hustle, remember that presentation is key. A well-crafted product with a unique scent and eye-catching color can become your bestseller. So, let your imagination run wild and create something that'll wow yourself and potential customers!


from hobby to hustle: selling your creations

Alright, future moguls, let's turn that bath & body passion into a paycheck! Setting up your online storefront is like throwing a grand opening party on the web - and you're the star of the show. First things first, pick a platform that vibes with your brand. Etsy? Shopify? Your own website? Each has its own flavor, so choose wisely!

Once you've landed on your digital digs, it's time to get down to business. Crafting that perfect shop name is crucial - it's gotta stick in people's minds like that one catchy jingle. And when it comes to listings, make 'em shine! Clear, drool-worthy photos and descriptions that tell a story will have customers clicking 'add to cart' faster than you can say 'bubble bath'.

Don't forget, this isn't just about selling; it's about creating an experience. From the moment shoppers land on your page, they should feel wrapped in a warm towel of your brand's essence. And hey, if you need a little inspo, check out the Start Your Own Skincare Business: A Complete DIY Guide by makesy®. It's packed with tips to navigate the beauty biz maze. Ready to stock up on supplies? Dive into the Sale DIY Supplies for Candle Making, Soap Making & Beauty and save some coin while you're at it!


marketing your products

Alright, let's dive into the fun part – getting your fabulous bath and body creations out there for the world to see (and buy)! Marketing is all about connecting with your peeps – the ones who will rave about your lavender-infused bath bombs or your peppermint body scrub. So, how do you reach them without breaking the bank or losing your mind? Here's the scoop:

First up, social media is your BFF. Platforms like Instagram and Facebook are perfect for showcasing your products with those drool-worthy photos. Use hashtags, engage with your followers, and maybe even collaborate with influencers who align with your brand vibe.

Next, consider email marketing. It's like sending a love letter to your customers' inboxes – with a promo code attached. Tools like email marketing automation make it a breeze to keep your fans in the loop about new products, sales, and more.

And speaking of sales, who doesn't get a little giddy over a good discount? Running promotions or offering coupons can be a game-changer. It's a win-win: your customers feel like they've scored a deal, and you get to move more of your handmade goodies.

Here's a quick list to keep your marketing on track:

  • Craft eye-catching social media posts
  • Build an email list you can count on
  • Roll out irresistible promos and discounts
  • Engage with your community regularly


Remember, marketing is all about experimenting to find what works for your unique brand. So go ahead, mix it up and watch your business bloom!


packaging and presentation

Alright, let's talk about wrapping up your bath and body masterpieces. It's not just about what's inside; the outside counts big time! First impressions are everything, and your packaging is that first handshake between your product and the customer. Think of it as the wrapping paper on the world's best gift - it should scream 'open me'!

Here's a quick rundown on getting your packaging game on point:

  • Elevate your products with packaging that complements their quality. Makesy's got you covered with options perfect for candles, soaps, diffusers, and more.
  • Bulk discounts and free shipping can be a game-changer for your bottom line. Keep an eye out for those sweet deals.
  • Don't forget the details! Labels, boxes, bags - they all tell your brand's story.


Remember, the right packaging does more than protect your product; it markets it. So, make it count!


selecting the perfect kit

Alright, let's dive into the sea of DIY kits and fish out the best one for you! Choosing the right kit is like picking your new best friend – it's gotta match your vibe and your vision. Here's a quick rundown to help you make the perfect pick:

  • DIY Kits: Whether you're into soap making, bath bombs, or lotions, there's a kit for that. Each one comes packed with all the essentials you need to get started.
  • Starter and Pro Kits: Think of these as a mini lab bundled in a box! Experiment with ingredients, fragrances, molds and more! 

And remember, the best part about kits is the freedom to experiment. Mix it up, try new combinations, and who knows? You might just stumble upon your signature creation!




unboxing and getting started

Alright, you crafty creator, you've got your DIY kit in hand, and it's time to dive into the delightful world of handmade bath and body goodies! Crack open that box and let's get the party started! Inside, you'll find all the magical ingredients and tools you need to whip up your first batch of homemade bliss.

First things first, lay out all your components and check them against the kit's inventory list. Got everything? Sweet! Now, follow these simple steps to kick off your crafting adventure:

  • Identify each item and its purpose.
  • Familiarize yourself with the safety guidelines—safety first, fun always!
  • Read through the instructions thoroughly—twice if you're feeling extra diligent.


Once you've got the lay of the land, it's time to get your hands dirty (figuratively, of course). Mix, pour, and personalize to your heart's content. Remember, this is your creation—so let your imagination run wild!


tips for kit success

Alright, you've unboxed your DIY kit and you're ready to dive into the world of handmade bath and body products. Let's make sure your creations are a hit! First things first, get familiar with the contents of your kit. Whether it's a candle making kit or a lotion concoction, knowing your tools and ingredients is key. For instance, if you've snagged a lotion making kit, you'll find a variety of emulsifiers, waxes, and fragrance oils to play with.

Next up, follow the instructions to a T—at least for the first batch. This will give you a solid foundation to start experimenting later on. And hey, don't be afraid to get a little creative once you've got the hang of it. Mix and match scents, add a dash of color, or throw in some eco-friendly glitter for that extra sparkle.

Here's a quick checklist to keep you on track:

  • Review the kit's instruction manual
  • Gather additional tools you might need
  • Prepare your workspace
  • Take notes as you go for future reference


And remember, practice makes perfect. The more you make, the better you'll get. So, share your experiences, the good, the bad, and the bubbly, with the community. Your journey could inspire a fellow maker to create their own bubble bath masterpiece or a line of custom beauty products. Dive in, have fun, and let your inner maker shine!


mastering the art of fragrance oils

Diving into the world of fragrance oils is like opening a Pandora's box of scents—exciting, a bit overwhelming, but oh-so-rewarding! Each oil has its own unique profile that can transport you to a different place or memory. It's all about the vibe you want to create. Whether you're aiming for a fresh, zesty citrus or a deep, sultry musk, understanding these profiles is key to crafting that perfect ambiance.

Let's break it down to some basics. Fragrance oils can be categorized into families like floral, woody, oriental, and fresh. Each family has subcategories that get more specific—think floral with a hint of spice or fresh with a dash of ocean breeze. It's like being a scent chef, mixing and matching to whip up your signature dish!

Imagine blending your own concoction that becomes the next big hit! And remember, when you shop at makesy, you're diving into an ever-growing collection of fragrance oils perfect for all your DIY projects. So go ahead, play around with those profiles and make some magic!


blending basics

Alright, let's dive into the heart of perfumery - blending those scents! Blending essential oils is like being a wizard in the potion lab; it's where your bath and body products get their soul. Start with a base note, something deep and lasting. Then, add your middle notes, the scents that are the 'heart' of your fragrance. Finally, top it off with those high notes that greet the nose first but fade quickly.

Here's a quick cheat sheet to get you started:

  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Sandalwood, Cedarwood
  • Middle Notes: Lavender, Rose, Lemongrass
  • Top Notes: Orange, Peppermint, Eucalyptus


Remember, it's all about balance and harmony. You don't want one scent overpowering the others. Experiment with different combinations and ratios until you find the perfect symphony of scents. And hey, don't be afraid to break the rules and create something uniquely you!


storing and handling fragrance oils

Alright, scent savants, let's talk about keeping those fragrance oils fresh and fabulous! Proper storage is key to maintaining the integrity of your creation. You'll want to keep them in a cool, dark place—think of it as their personal chill-out zone. Direct sunlight? Big no-no. It's like kryptonite for fragrance oils, zapping away their potency.

When it comes to handling, think of your fragrance oils as a fine wine. You wouldn't shake a Merlot before serving, right? Same goes for these aromatic wonders. Gently stir or roll the bottle to mix without introducing too many air bubbles. And remember, a little goes a long way! If you're ever in doubt about how much to use, we got your back with our handy calculators and guides.

Here's a quick checklist to keep your fragrance oils in tip-top shape:

  • Store in a cool, dark place
  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Gently mix before use
  • Use the right amount (check out makesy's fragrance % chart)


By following these simple steps, you'll ensure your creations are always bursting with the intended aromas. And when you're ready to take your scents to the next level, explore Makesy's ever-growing collection of fragrance oils. Bulk discounts and free shipping? Yes, please!


leveraging MakerPro membership

Hey there, crafty folks! Ready to take your passion for potions and lotions to the next level? Joining MakerPro is like getting a VIP pass to the crafting club. With this membership, you're not just buying supplies; you're investing in a community that's all about sharing the love for handmade goodness.

Here's a taste of the perks you'll unlock with a MakerPro membership:

  • Exclusive access to the Crafter's Community Master Dashboard
  • A chance to chat it up with fellow members in the Member Live Chat
  • Opportunities to sell your products online and find markets to strut your stuff


And let's not forget the sweet, sweet deals like earning 5% cash back on purchases and diving into a stash of surplus supplies. It's a maker-to-maker treasure trove! Plus, you'll be the first to know about the latest news, contests, and essential tools to keep your business bubbling. So, what are you waiting for? Level up and watch your hobby turn into a full-blown hustle!




And there you have it, folks! A complete guide to making waves in the bath and body world. Whether you're a DIY newbie or a crafting connoisseur, we hope this article has sparked some sudsy inspiration. Remember, the key ingredients to success are creativity, quality supplies, and a splash of fun. So, grab your molds, pick your fragrances, and let's get fizzical with some homemade bath and body magic! Don't forget to check out our masterclass series for more bubbly wisdom. 

Be sure to tag us in your finished creations on Instagram using #makesymade for a chance to get featured on our wall of inspo & win a $100 makesy gift card.

Happy making!  

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