In this post I will be detailing all the research I have done in terms of finding ingredients, recipes and general stock for my ‘lab’ in the UK
UL Prospector has lots of formulation recipes and even gives details about the supplier of each ingredient. Some of the suppliers also offer samples.
Aromantics has a few recipes on their website, they also offer one day courses in london for around £150 teaching things like how to formulate lotions and cleansing products.
Formula Botanica offer online courses and also has a Facebook group with lots of advice from Formula Botanica and other people learning to formulate
Making Cosmetics is in America and have lots of recipes and ingredients, sadly it would be too expensive to have them shipping over
Bramble Berry is a great website full of information, recipes, videos and ingredients
There are some of the cosmetic blogs I regularly read, they have lots of information and advice, as well as recipes.
Check out Better Equipped for things like beakers, safety glasses and face mask
PH Meters: From various forums I’ve read that the checker plus from Hannah Instruments is an affordable & accurate PH meter for beginners
Scales: This is the one I bought from Amazon and it works perfectly – it measures up to 500g with an accuracy of 0.01g
Antibacterial Spray: I use the Milton Surface Spray which you can get from Boots or Amazon
You can also get labels from:
Label Design: Fiver is quiet popular for getting affordable graphics done – you can also get business cards and leaflet designs from Fiverr
You can also check out Visa Print
I am still struggling to find good packaging – it’s also hard to find companies that will sell afford packaging in small quantities.
Anyway, some of the places I have found include: