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Equipment for Making Homemade Cosmetics

Equipment for Homemade Cosmetics

Equipment for Homemade Cosmetics

Making Your Own Cosmetics

It may seem a daunting task and something that is going to require you purchasing lots of equipment never mind ingredients.

I am here to show you this is not the case, as I really got into homemade cosmetics partly due to my own change of circumstances.I have always been one to buy my shampoos, conditioners, skin care products, makeup, perfume, toiletries, hair coloring, sunscreen and the list goes on and on, believe me!

Facing unemployment, without regular income suddenly became a reality and having worked within the Beauty Industry for over 20 years, my cosmetics supply dwindled rapidly.

Remembering a few “natural remedies” I had picked up, kick started this road down to recipe after recipe, researching companies, benefits of ingredients, and experimenting with them.

You don’t need a kitchen full of specialized equipment or the most expensive gadgets either.

You don’t need to be spending a fortune on ingredients, you will use many of them daily, without even knowing. It is about being smart, using what you have, recycling and having fun!

Let’s take a look at the sort of equipment used in cosmetic recipes at home.

Write It Down

vital to keep a note of ingredients, recipes and any changes you make to the original recipe

vital to keep a note of ingredients, recipes and any changes you make to the original recipe

Easy Recipes

Organic Recipes


There is any number of recipes now available to enable you to make your own beauty products for men, women and children.

If you prefer having books as a reference rather than online there are plenty to choose from covering skin care, makeup, perfume making, essential oil recipes and aromatherapy products to name a few.

Hundreds of websites are now specializing in this growing industry where the big cosmetic brands have been scrutinized and pulled apart for their use of certain chemicals, toxins and synthetics.Researching some recipes is your first step in your own homemade cosmetics industry.

Pen & Paper

These are VITAL to have with your ingredients and equipment when making cosmetics and perfumes.

If you decide to add more of a certain ingredient, tweak the original recipe in any way, you need to document it for the next time.

Particularly needed for perfume making with essential oils when adding in drops of fragrance.

Having a notebook or file specifically for your homemade recipes is a great labor saving tip, thank you Effer for that idea!

Sharp Knives

Cutlery Set


You’re commonly used knives, forks and all spoons I include here as they are all used in different recipes. Mashing a banana, mango pulp or avocado will utilize forks and many mixtures will need a large metal mixing spoon.

Chef Knives

Any good chef and home cook knows the importance of a good set of knives. Sharpening your knives properly is important regardless whether you use them for culinary uses or for homemade cosmetics. Cutting fruit such as papaya, tomatoes and lemons need precision with sharp blades. Vegetables such as cucumber for your cucumber face wash need chopping up.


Spatulas are one of those tools that always feature in a kitchen and one I find incredibly useful for blending ingredients and for adding mixtures into containers.

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Useful Measuring Equipment

 commonly found kitchen equipment for homemade cosmetics.

commonly found kitchen equipment for homemade cosmetics.

Grater & Zester

Chopping Board

Most homes will have one of these, glass, plastic or wooden will all do and the wooden variety is also useful to aid in sharpening knives. Chopping boards make life so much easier for recipe preparation and protects your work surface.


Whatever grater you have is fine for when you decide to indulge and make one of the hard to resist eating recipes for your face instead. For instance a chocolate face mask will benefit from a grater and is one I have difficulty in applying to my face instead of inside my mouth!

Assorted Bowls (heat proof is useful to include)

An assortment of bowls is vital ranging from the small to large, depending on your beauty products. You may decide to make in bulk for gifts, to sell or have for favors at a party so the bigger bowls would be required. Having bowls that would sit inside your saucepans comfortably is important as this method of melting waxes and oils is commonly used.

Measuring Spoons

precision is important for measuring until you are  happy to try tweaking recipes.

precision is important for measuring until you are happy to try tweaking recipes.


Measuring Spoons

Having an assortment of sized spoons is needed and is inexpensive to purchase. Many will offer a range of sizes which makes it cost effective. The most common “spoons” I have used and seen in numerous recipes are teaspoons and tablespoons. These two are usually in our kitchen already so no need to rush out buying a set immediately.

Measuring Cups

As many will be familiar with this method of measuring, particularly in USA, you will probably have these already. In Ireland and Great Britain you may need to purchase these or convert into ounces or grams. Personally I was converting and then decided a set of cups would be most beneficial as they can be used for culinary recipes too.

Weighing Scales

Most homes will possess one of these which are needed for most homemade recipes. Having different weights identified is handy too unless you are up to speed with all the conversions as recipes will vary from measuring in cups, grams, ounces and spoons particularly.

Blenders Serve Many Functions

Always a handy piece of kitchen equipment to have.

Always a handy piece of kitchen equipment to have.


A regular blender or coffee grinder are definitely useful when finer textures are required for oatmeal, nuts and seeds for example. Check out these two oatmeal recipes which call upon a fine texture. How to use oatmeal to remove blackheads and an oatmeal and egg face pack which has several other useful ways to use skin loving egg whites and yolks.


A hand whisk or an electric whisk are used in various recipes such as hand creams, body creams and lotions where mixing to a more solid yet light creamy texture is required.


Another commonly found item in the kitchen cupboard, a sieve is very useful in cosmetic making. For making your own tonics such as nettle tea or one for the bath using violets and dandelions, straining the plants and petals is needed. Homemade rosewater, lavender water or even infused oil will all require straining.

Common Kitchen Equipment

bowls, hand whisks or electric whisks are useful for skin care recipes.

bowls, hand whisks or electric whisks are useful for skin care recipes.

Insert for Saucepans


Double Boiler

If you already have one great, if not you may purchase one or use a double saucepan method like I do.


If you are planning on making numerous recipes having separate saucepans is ideal. They do not need to be the most expensive and having two or three sizes is handy. Small pots will be used most frequently but the larger ones make sense for making cosmetics as gift ideas for all occasions, favor ideas, spa parties or even when your teens fancy some homemade lip gloss and invites her friends over for some fun makeup craft ideas. Re-purpose old saucepans, check out charity shops, wait for sales or even pick up some in car-boot sales.

Heat Source (Cooker Top, Microwave)

Many recipes that contain solid oils and waxes including coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter require melting but not a really high heat. You will come across recipes using microwaves and ones using the top of the stove. Many homes may have both however it is your choice whether you choose to use the microwave or not. I personally use the stove top as I never trust the settings on a microwave but that’s just me!


When dealing with recipes that require an ingredient to reach an exact temperature having a thermometer is essential. Having said that if you don’t already have one choose recipes that do not require such precision.

Recycle Jars

these small preserve jars are perfect for exfoliating scrubs, body creams and face misturizer.

these small preserve jars are perfect for exfoliating scrubs, body creams and face misturizer.

Pyrex Jug

Dropper Bottles

Glass Pyrex Jug

One piece of equipment I find indispensable, It has many benefits for making cosmetics in the home. It measures, pours and acts as a mixing bowl. It may be used to melt ingredients in the microwave if needed or even in a saucepan over hot water. Miniature versions are available for children but I bought one as it is great for small quantities such as facial oils, serums, perfumes or even lip balms.

Recycled Jars, Containers

Coffee, jam, baby food, honey, pasta sauce, shampoo bottles, liquid soap, stick deodorant, body wash, contact lens cases, old lip balms, compacts, eye gel and eyeshadow pots are all great container ideas you may recycle and use for a variety of homemade cosmetics. The tiny jars are perfect for making a citrus lip gloss, a creme blush or even a coconut oil and vitamin E eye cream. Make sure to clean thoroughly with warm soapy water and sterilize well. Pretty bottles of olive oil make interesting containers for infused oils such as lavender oil.

Opaque Glass Dropper Bottles

These bottles are perfect for any oil or serum products such as anti-aging vitamin c serum. The dropper bottles are my favorites for essential oil based beauty products that do not solidify but remain in a liquid state. Homemade perfumes are perfect in these, especially when oil based as the dropper acts as a measuring tool too so you don’t overuse. Dark glass bottles are needed for essential oil blends as the oils may lose their benefits if in light glass bottles. Always store away from direct sunlight in a cool, dark place.

Useful Utensils

spatulas are one utensil that is very useful for binding ingredients.

spatulas are one utensil that is very useful for binding ingredients.

Funnel Set



Another piece of equipment that does not need to cost a fortune and many kitchens will have this already for straining cooking oils. Not essential but it makes adding liquid ingredients into a bottle much easier and less messy. Having a couple of different sizes is useful and sets of funnels are inexpensive to purchase. Check out dollar stores, pound shops and euro stores.

Glass Rod

This is useful for stirring serums, oils and small quantities of product in a small jar.

Toothpicks / Cocktail Sticks

Great for lip gloss, lip balm, lip scrub, cream blusher, eye gel or any really small quantity of product for mixing or for adding to a container.

Plastic Spatulas

These are something I was introduced to in Beauty Therapy College that have stuck with me for over 20 years.

They are a must for all women and men who wear cream or makeup, period. Why is easy, to remove product hygienically from its container and to eliminate wasting product. Sticking fingers into ANY product is a NO NO in my book. It does not matter if it is a lip balm, cream blusher, skin cream or eye cream, it is of uttermost importance to prevent bacteria and germs entering your cosmetics.

Spatulas are useful for blending homemade recipes too, as in toothpicks and may be used for serums, oils and perfumes.

Face Mask Brush

This takes the mess out of applying a face mask and some exfoliating scrubs and is less wasteful. What I find useful is the bowl and brush set that may be used for home hair coloring. The bowl is a perfect size to have your mixture in and then you have the brush for the application.

Skin Loving Shea Butter

Shea butter is a nutritious and moisturizing ingredient for creams,  lip balms and even shaving cream.

Shea butter is a nutritious and moisturizing ingredient for creams, lip balms and even shaving cream.

Organic Fruit

natural antioxidants are found in many fruits which have an anti-aging benefit to the skin.

natural antioxidants are found in many fruits which have an anti-aging benefit to the skin.


Not strictly equipment but obviously having the right ingredients is important to any recipe so a more in-depth look at homemade cosmetic ingredients will follow in a forthcoming article.

When you find a recipe you really want to make, jot down the ingredients. You will know instantly if you have them or need to buy them.

My advice is to pick a few recipes that use very similar ingredients with one or two adjustments.

This way you make the most of all your ingredients, particularly any with a short shelf life. It will also be cost effective as you utilize all your stock and save money on the store bought versions. Organic cold pressed ingredients are always the best quality to chose and if you grow your own, even better.

For Example:

You fancy making an eye cream, hand cream, a body scrub and a lip balm. You write out the recipes and soon discover you have a number of the ingredients but are missing quite a few.

You can tweak a few around to make better use of what you have and only need to buy a few things rather than 15 different items. So here is the breakdown –

Homemade Recipes

Eye Cream Ingredients – Coconut Oil, Vitamin E

Hand Cream Ingredients – Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Beeswax, Lavender Essential Oil

Body Scrub – Liquid Castile Soap, Water, Sea Salt, Raspberry Essential Oil, Vanilla Essential Oil

Lip Balm – Mango Butter, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Vitamin E, Nutmeg Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil

Here Are The Tweaked Recipes

Eye Cream – None, use as is

Hand Cream – Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Beeswax and Lavender EO

Body Scrub – Liquid Castile Soap, Water, Sea Salt and Lavender EO

Lip Balm – Shea Butter, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E and Lavender EO

What Do I Need To Buy?

  • Out of this list all I need are Shea Butter, Beeswax, Coconut Oil and Vitamin E.
  • 15 ingredients just became 4 that I know I will use in a variety of recipes and ways.
  • If I love how they turn out, I will be able to make more easily and quickly!
  • I don’t have to worry about shelf life either with these.
  • By tweaking these recipes I can afford to buy organic ingredients.

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

3 face masks using banana to get you in the mood


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Equipment for making Homemade Cosmetics Comments

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 28, 2013:

Hi Kia,

Thanks for popping in again. Firstly glass is a better medium to use in bowls, jugs and bottles but if you have plastic here is a link which you may find useful. it is hard to be 100% happy with plastic sterilization and other than the two you mentioned, a microwave is another one to try.

Hope you find this useful, thanks for the query!

Kia12 on May 28, 2013:

Thank you so much for your response. What would say was the best way to sterlize plastic containers other than using boiling hot water or bleach?

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 25, 2013:

Hi Kia,

Thanks for dropping by. If you are making cosmetics regularly and different types i would say yes have a few separate bowls and saucepans but even if you don't and don't want extra expense making sure your bowls and pans are thoroughly clean, dried and sterilized well should be sufficient. Thanks for the question and interest!

Kia12 on May 25, 2013:


Thank you for your very informative post.

Is it best to use different and separate equipment for making cosmetics that what you would use for cooking? Would it better to have separate mixing bowls, utensils etc especially if your using synthetic ingredients such as emulsifiers and preservatives?

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 17, 2013:

Hi Kathryn,

Good to see you my friend! Apologies for being so late in replying. Up in Dublin putting some more finishing touches to my apartment for the market. Glad you enjoyed this, I felt it was needed to show how many things we have already that are useful for making cosmetics. Small containers for eye cream or lip balm can be the ones more often to buy and buying in 6's or 12's more economical. You may have some in your place of work too! Look forward to seeing what you choose to buy and your recipe choices!! Appreciate all your support Kathryn! Do a hub on it!!!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on May 16, 2013:

It's nice to see the break down of what's needed. I like that you have a section mentioning containers to reuse! I have plenty empty ones to use.

Thank you for sharing this with us. I'm going through several of your hubs again to determine the ingredients I'll be buying this coming week.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 16, 2013:

Hi rebecca,

Lovely to have your visit as always! Glad it is motivating you to giving cosmetics a try at home!!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 16, 2013:

Hi hrymel,

Thanks very much for the lovely comment. It is true that we are often led to buying an assortment of things that we really will not use much and may be easily substituted by common enough household things. When thinking of homemade beauty products or toiletries, recycled containers is one such thing that we can utilize well. Appreciate your input!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 16, 2013:

Hi Janet,

So good to hear you have much of these things, that's what great about making cosmetics at home you don't need specialized equipment. Cheers for comments!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 15, 2013:

Hi Thelma,

Glad you enjoyed and no doubt you have a fair amount of the essential "kit" for recipes! Look forward to hearing all about your lotions and potions coming out of your kitchen! Thanks for all the shares, votes and pin!!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 15, 2013:

Cool! I like that banana mask. This is really helpful for DIY cosmetics. I will have to admit that I don't do much of this, but this hub is certainly motivating. Thanks!

Haley from Baltimore, MD on May 15, 2013:

This is wonderful. So many books and articles make it seem like an entire kitchen/craft room full of supplies is needed, but in reality most of us have the majority of needed pieces already.

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on May 15, 2013:

I think I have nearly all the equipment you listed. A very useful hub to get started. It's only a matter of time for me.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on May 15, 2013:

Wow! Another beauty recipe for me to try. I usually have the ingredients at home and I don´t have to buy the equipment. Everything is there for me waiting to be used. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and pinned.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 14, 2013:

Hi phoenix,

Great to have your visit and comment. Many pieces of equipment are commonly found in our kitchen so yep, you are ready to go it seems! lol Cheers again!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on May 13, 2013:

I seemed to have acquired all the equipment listed over the years. I guess I'm ready to start. :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 13, 2013:


Nice to see you again! So good you enjoyed this one, thought it would be useful for everyone to see that many of the tools are in the kitchen already. Cheers for your comments!

Claudia Porter on May 13, 2013:

Hi Suzie - This is one useful hub. The nice thing is that most homes have at least some of these things.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 13, 2013:

Hi Mary,

Delighted to see you as always and love the energy you bring! I think I will have to go back to all homemade recipes and add this in as you are right it would be good for everyone! Thanks Mary for that idea and for your votes and shares, great to receive the consistent support you give me!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on May 13, 2013:

Hi Carol,

So glad you enjoyed and found useful. I suddenly thought of it awhile ago as I felt it would be useful for everyone making homemade goodies! Much appreciate all your enthusiasm for this series it really does make such a difference having supportive friends here! Thanks for all your "spreading the word" networking!

Mary Craig from New York on May 13, 2013:

This is certainly the capstone to your wonderful how-to hubs! Such a complete and comprehensive list of equipment Suzie. There should be a way of making this number one of your hubs so that whoever starts making all the wonderful cosmetics you tell us about will be prepared! Brilliant.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

carol stanley from Arizona on May 13, 2013:

Wow is this complete!!!! I am so glad you wrote this as a simplification for those of us who want to experiment with making our own cosmetics. I think it is going to be a huge wave. People are tired of the expensive cosmetics with so many additives and preservatives. Great job Suzanne..Doing the usual sharing, voting and pinning.

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