I'm asked all the time what we need to get started in making our own bath and body products, so I thought I'd write up a list of what I think is essential!
A digital scale. This is the one piece of equipment you can't be without! A good recipe is written in percentages or weight, never in cups or teaspoons. So you'll need a scale to make sure you can follow that recipe exactly. They're not expensive - $40 at a kitchen store or somewhere that carries kitchen supplies, or our suppliers.
Heat proof containers. You'll want to invest in a few Pyrex jugs. You'll want to get a cup size and a two cup size to start, but you can go up from there all the way to the 2 litre size (what's that, half a gallon or something?)
lotion bars, whipped butters, and balms - but you'll want to get a double boiler for heated and held products like lotions, cleansers, and so on. Some people use crock pots for this purpose, which will also work. I like to use a fondue pot as my double boiler because I can control the temperature a bit easier. Whatever works for you will be great!
Spoons, forks, and other utensils. I can't stress enough how much you want to go to your local dollar store or restaurant supply store and get a whack of spoons and forks for stirring. I buy 25 for $6.00 and leave them in my workshop. Invest in a few spatulae as you'll want to be able to get all that lotion off the walls of your Pyrex jug.
A mixer. It doesn't have to be fancy, it just has to work. And maybe one with a whisk attachment for making emulsified sugar scrubs and whipped butters? You can also use a stick blender.
If you can't get all these lovely things, the main thing you want to spend your money on this week is a good digital scale. You'll wonder how you did without it! I use mine in the kitchen and the workshop!
Any other suggestions for things newbies might want to buy to start on the path to awesome bath & body product making? Please share in the comments!
The newbie section of the blog
Creating products - equipment (part one)
Creating products - equipment (part two)