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Learn to Make: Face Care Products
By Wholesale Supplies Plus Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Making and marketing face care products can be quite lucrative. Customers tend to see higher value in products marketed toward facial products so you can usually charge a bit more for face care items.

Face care products are formulated with ingredients beneficial to the skin and generally suitable for use on sensitive skin. When formulating face care products, choose oils, butter, additives and essential oils that provide your products with added properties such as higher fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, astringent, antibacterial and gentle exfoliation. 

Face Care Exfoliants

Exfoliating the face can be a good thing if done using the right exfoliants. Stay away from exfoliants with sharp edges as they can do more harm than good (sugar, salt, seeds and kernel). See the list below for recommended facial exfoliants.
  • Jojoba Beads - Jojoba beads are smooth and round providing the perfect exfoliation for the face. 
  • Clays - Clay is a very light exfoliant so it works well on facial skin. Many clays are throught to help purify the skin due to the naturally high levels of minerals found in clay. Look at individual clays for their added benefits.
  • Natural Luffa Powder - All natural, soft, small grain exfoliant. The size and shape of the product is unlikely to damage sensitive skin.
  • Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) - Sodium bicarbonate is a wonderful light exfoliant. It is a natural alkaline that neutralizes acids and washes away oils/dirt while leaving skin soft, silky & smooth. Try it in a dry scrub.
  • Oat Scrub - Oatmeal has properties that can benefit your skin. For a lighter exfoliation, grind oatmeal in a coffee grinder to get more of a powder scrub.
Products to use in: Cold Process Soap, MP Soap, Facial Scrubs

Face Care Oils

Oils high in vitamins and minerals are good to include in facial care products. Choose some of these oils when formulating face care products containing carrier oils.
  • Avocado Oil - Thought to add moisturizing attributes while exhibiting low comedogenicity on the skin.
  • Apricot Kernel Oil - It is thought to exhibit skin softening and moisturizing properties and is therefore recommended for skin that is dry, irritated or has prematurely aged.
  • Argan Oil - Argan Oil is rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids.
  • Babassu Oil - Thought to be soothing, protective, conditioning and moisturizing to the skin. Penetrates quickly without a greasy aftertouch.
  • Camelina Oil - Thought to be rich in essential fatty acids creating good emollient properties. High in Omega-3, typically found in fish oil. Commonly called “Gold of Pleasure” due to its valuable use in cosmetic formulations.
  • Evening Primrose Oil - Offers an unusually concentrated source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). When applied to the skin it is thought to have moisturizing and softening effects.
  • Grape Seed Oil - Thought to preserve the natural moisture in aging skin. It has a reputation for being an oil that easily penetrates the skin.
  • Hazelnut Oil - Thought to have astringent properties thus making it an excellent choice for oily skin.
  • Meadowfoam Seed Oil - Thought to provide good emolliency without being overly greasy. It is absorbed quickly and leaves a lighter feel than many other oils.
  • Rose Hip Seed Oil - Very high in Vitamin C, which is considered to be beneficial to skin cell regeneration. Thought to add moisturizing and anti-inflammatory attributes to formulations.
  • Walnut Oil - Very high in Vitamin C which is thought to aid in the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines by supplying the skin with nutrients needed for collagen synthesis. Thought to add moisturizing and anti-inflammatory attributes to formulations. Quick drying.
  • Wheat Germ Oil - Thought to contain rich naturally occurring antioxidants including Vitamin E and beta carotene. It has excellent skin care properties due to its low odor and good spreadability.
Products to use in: Cold Process Soap, Scrubs, MP Soap, Lotions, Lotion Bars, Liquid Soap

Face Care Butters

The following butters offer formulations for facial care benefits such as added vitamins and minerals and high-level fatty acid content.
  • Almond Butter Blend - Proprietary blend derived from sweet almonds that contain high amounts of essential fatty acids, such as natural waxes. Thought to assist in protecting the skin from environmental elements.
  • Aloe Butter Blend - Proprietary blend of coconut oil and aloe vera extract which is thought to enhance skin moisturize with the legendary properties of aloe!
  • Avocado Butter Blend - Proprietary blend containing avocado fruit oil thought to add moisturizing attributes while exhibiting low comedogenicity on the skin. Considered to improve the feel of rough-dry skin.
  • Chamomile Butter Blend - Proprietary blend containing sweet almond oil and chamomile extract which is thought to improve skin inflammation related to dry skin and aid in healing. Sweet Almond Oil is thought to moisturize and relieve itching.
  • Green Tea Butter Blend - Proprietary blend that contains green tea powder which is thought to protect the skin from aging and damage from UVB sun rays. Also thought to possess natural anti-inflammatory, anti-cellulite and anti-irritant properties.
  • Horsetail Butter Blend - Proprietary blend that contains horsetail extract which is thought to contain the building blocks needed for collagen and elastin synthesis in the skin. Also thought to help rebuild and regenerate damaged skin cells.
  • Mango Butter - Refined - Pure mango butter which is thought to exhibit excellent moisturizing properties while countering the drying effects of bar soaps and cleansers.
  • Pumpkin Seed Butter Blend - Thought to be beneficial to the cellular health of the skin due to high Omega-6 fatty acids. Exhibits excellent spreadability on the skin, making it ideal as a massage butter.
  • Tucuma Butter - Considered to have high levels of Lauric, Myristic and Oleoic fatty acids which are all thought to moisturize the skin and hair. This butter has a natural gloss and glide that can be useful in lotion formulations.
Products to use in: Cold Process Soap, Scrubs, MP Soap, Lotions, Lotion Bars, Liquid Soap

Face Care Essential Oils

The following are essential oils that are great for face care products. The various properties in these oils are thought to lend your product added benefits ranging from antibacterial to astringent. You can mix or match to create blends perfect for delicate facial skin.Products to use in: Cold Process Soap, Scrubs, MP Soap, Lotions, Lotion Bars, Liquid Soap

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