Kitchen cosmetics made with a group of friends is similar to cooking clubs except instead of food, you find hand-crafted spa and cosmetics recipes to make, try out, and use (and sometimes give away or sell).
Anti-aging facials, herbal hair treatments, handcrafted soaps, bubble baths, pedicures… This group activity’s interest might spring from wanting pampered luxury evenings with the girls to wanting to save money on bath products, or just desiring handmade natural bath and body products for yourself and family, and wanting to make them in a shared group environment.
Groups who make kitchen cosmetics together may also have the goal of making them as gifts or using them as fundraisers. And some may want to pursue earning a home-based profit from them with their group of friends. Urban friends may want to start an online handcrafted bodycare business. Small scale farming readers may be looking for value-added products to create from their organic herbs, goat's milk, and other crops.
But, wait a minute, who said men can’t enjoy this as well? There are backyard farm and small scale farming couples who earn a living together from herbal bath and body products they both make from their crops, and they love what they’re doing. Links or stories about some of these micro eco-farms can be found at the Center for the Micro Eco-Farming Movement.
Fun kitchen cosmetic group activity variations:
Choose recipes for next week’s gathering, and do it all over again. As
time goes on, you’ll find ones that work particularly well, and you may
want to stick to these and just gather to make and apply them as a group
Leons Anti-Aging Beauty Secrets- DIY Anti-Aging Skin Care Recipes, another of our business affiliates, emphasizes recipes from around the world using carrier oils, essential oils, kitchen and organic fresh ingredients for products like eyelash serums and Ayurvedics from ancient India.
Explore the idea of turning your kitchen cosmetics club into a group activity business.
- Making exclusive bodycare products for local B&Bs and independently owned inns. They use them in their bathrooms and sell them retail to guests.
- Setting up a web store.
- Contracting to make fresh facial and other bodycare products for weekend guests at high-end spas. Locally grown, fresh and “live” ingredients picked and whipped up just hours before use are in vogue at some of these destinations.
Some local day spas may also be open to the idea. You may be able to find certified local farmers in your area for extra special ingredients. The Handcrafters Companion: Create Spa-Quality Products for Fun & Profit is a favorite of our Clickbank affiliates which tells about many possible spa products such as masques, bath bombs, exfoliating body scrubs, bubble baths, handcrafted soaps, lotions and so on.
- Selling from home. As my rural readers know, they can be sold direct from the farm store, roadside stand, farmers market or as an option in your CSA.
- The author of Sweet Smell of Success which shows readers how to make and sell their own perfume oils also discusses selling at arts and crafts fairs, out of your own home, or starting a boutique.
- Teaching kitchen cosmetics to others as a group business. Some in your group might prefer the backstage marketing or accounting jobs while others enjoy direct teaching. For rural folks, such classes are great agritourism draws for eco-farm owners who grow the crops for these products and are looking for fun activities to attract people onto the farm for direct sales.
More thoughts on kitchen cosmetics as a business
Group activities that lead into earning income often start out as just-for-fun projects that turn into home businesses. Once you make a commitment to at least exploring the possibility, I strongly suggest getting a free small business mentor and making a business plan with a free tutorial through the non-profit S.C.O.R.E. These wonderful people can help you make sure you’re following regulations in your location, help you through your business plan, and even help you with liability questions and setting up a mini-corporation to help protect your assets, if you choose. And all for free!
The Handcrafters Companion: Create Spa-Quality Products for Fun & Profit mentioned above also thoroughly discusses legally labeling your signature products, wholesale and raw ingredients for packaging and making the spa products and creating a brand image. As well, it goes over free or low-cost ways to promote your niche bodycare business. (Photo to the right by Dominik Gwarek)