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Eco-Friendly Packaging

Eco-Friendly Packaging For Skin & Hair Care Products

Eco-Friendly Packaging

Eco-Friendly Packaging for Skin & Hair Care Products

Think about your most recent skin, body or hair care product you purchased. What made you buy THAT product? Have you purchased it before? Did you plan to buy it? What did you like about the packaging? What didn’t you like about the packaging? Once you took it home, was there anything else you noticed about the packaging that you may or may not have liked? What about Eco-Friendly packaging? Did that happen to cross your mind?

Eco-Friendly products and packaging are an important area that consumers are taking notice. Organic and/or natural skin, body and hair care product use has been on the rise for some time, but lately the packaging and containers the products are in are becoming important as well. Consumers are looking for more eco-friendly, recycled, and/or glass containers and less plastic.

What makes a package Eco-Friendly?

How do we know if the products we purchase are in eco-friendly packaging? Well, there is no actual strict definition or criteria on what makes something eco-friendly. There is a lot that goes into it that needs to be thought out.  The EPA identifies several important factors to what makes a product “more green” including toxic exposures, water pollution, natural resources used (including water and materials), etc. A container/package might be considered Eco-Friendly if it is made from renewable, recycled or biodegradable materials. Other factors to think about include the shape and weight of the container as this affects the shipping/transportation of the product. Also, the energy it takes to actually make the container/package including if toxic materials are used and the impact the manufacturing process has on the environment.

However, using eco-friendly containers and packaging is not that simple. It is really important that you test out your product in the container.  Many recycled and biodegradable materials may not hold up depending on what raw materials are used in the product. Cost is another aspect to think about. Most eco-friendly packaging is going to cost more, so thinking how that will affect your pricing is important.

It is very important to explore how you package your professional natural skin, body or hair care product prior to putting your product out on the market. Often times we pick out a package due to aesthetics- what packaging we like the best. Aesthetics is obviously important, as it’s usually what initially attracts us to the product. However, aesthetics alone is not enough to go by. It is important to look at the “whole package” so to speak. Check out our previous blog post on containers for skin and hair care products and what you should consider prior to picking out your container. Make sure to also think about the environmental impact your packaging has as consumers are taking notice!

Eco-Friendly Packaging Resources

In our Professional Product-Making courses we provide a lot of resources on eco-friendly containers and packaging. Here are a few eco-friendly containers for you to check out:

Paperboard Push Up Lip Balm Tubes

 Paperboard Jars

Natural Bamboo Jars with Lids

Natural Bamboo Jars with Lids

Phone Consultation and Courses

Do you have your own skin, body and/or hair care product business and need assistance on product containers and packaging? Joan Morais offers phone consultations on a variety of topics on the skin, body and hair care product business including formulating, manufacturing, containers/packaging, labeling, raw materials, troubleshooting etc.

For those that are just starting or thinking about starting your own product line, our Professional Natural Skin Care Making Course and Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course both cover containers/packaging including sourcing, testing formulations in the container and more.

Hair Types Scalp Conditions

All About Hair: Hair Types and Scalp Conditions

All About Hair: Hair Types and Scalp Conditions

Let’s talk about hair! Short, long, curly, straight, frizzy, dry, oily, natural, relaxed, and the list goes on. Everyone’s hair is unique to them. At Joan Morais Naturals we are all about celebrating YOUR hair and what you can do to nourish and care for your hair in the best way for YOU.

Most hair products you find at the store and even the hair salons are not going to be nourishing for your unique hair needs. Did you know that most shampoos are meant to dry out your hair so that you then need conditioner to add the moisture back in?! Our scalp is a part of our skin and has a natural balance of oils. Our scalp, however, can easily get off track due to a variety of reasons including our personal health, our hormones, and environmental exposure including weather, sun and hair color and products.

Our hair is actually dead, but we can still do things to take care of our hair and scalp to create vibrancy and health. Lets learn about different hair types and some ways we can best take care of our hair to bring out its natural beauty!

Hair Types

Normal: Hair is balanced- not too oily or too dry. The hair has shine and vibrancy and can use most natural hair care products.

Dry: Hair looks dull, brittle and frizzy. It is lacking moisture and may have split ends and scalp may have dry flakes. Shampoo dry hair less frequently and use natural hair care products with moisturizing agents and contain essential fatty acids.

Oily: Hair has excessive moisture. It lacks body and looks dull and weighed down. The imbalance may be from diet, hormones, medications, health issues and product use. Wash hair frequently with mild shampoo to reduce oil production.

Scalp Conditions

Stress: Stress can cause hair loss or hair to change color. Take a look at our past presidents at the beginning of the term to the end of their presidency to see a dramatic difference! In times of stress use essential oils and herbs on the scalp that promote relaxation and calmness.

Hair Loss: Hair loss is also called alopecia. Alopecia can be heredity or be from medications, hormonal changes, and chemical hair applications such as hair color, relaxation and perms. Prevention is the best way to counter hair loss. A daily scalp massage with jojoba oil prior to shampooing has been known to promote a healthy scalp.

Dandruff: Dandruff occurs when the scalp is out of balance. It can be oily or dry. Use essential oils and herbs that are anti-fungal and balancing.

Come back next week as we go over the best plant oils, essential oils and herbs for your hair type and scalp!

Interested in learning more information on hair and making natural products for your hair? Check out our ebooks and online classes on hair care and product making.

For the beginner/curious product maker:

Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Body, Hair, and Skin

Hair Care Beauty Secrets from Around the World

Naturally Textured Hair

How to Make 47 Herbal Extracts for Body, Hair, and Skin

For the more serious product maker for personal or business use:

Professional Natural Hair Product Making Course

Hair Perfume Recipes

Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course FAQs

Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course

Have you been thinking about making your own professional natural skin care products?

Not sure if the Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course is right for you? Here are some frequently asked questions on the course which will hopefully help you better understand if this is the course for you.

How is this course provided?

The course is an in-depth online video-based training program that is entirely online-based learning and can be taken at your own pace. There is no expiration date and you have lifetime course access. Online courses are one of the best ways to learn because you can re-watch and re-learn the information, formulation procedures and watch the formulas being made as many times as you like and access the numerous resources.

What information is included in it?

The course covers 12 training modules including cosmetic formulation fundamentals, moisturizers. lotions. creams, serums, cleansers, exfoliants, toners,  lip balms, lip gloss, body and hand wash, deodorant, natural spa products, aromatherapy, herbs, and scent development. You will learn about natural preservation, good manufacturing practices, product customization, product containers and labeling, pricing and so much more Click here for a full description of the course.

What does it mean that Joan is guiding and mentoring the course?

This is a self-guided online course that is always available, however Joan mentors the course  one-two times a year.. That means Joan will assist you and answer all your questions throughout this mentored course. There will be weekly module overviews with 5 live group phone consultations. Course participants can ask any questions on cosmetic formulation; formulating and making skin and body care products, starting your own business or your current business. These consultation calls are not included in the regular non-mentored course. There is no extra fee for this mentorship, it is an added bonus for you to join when it works for you. You can participate in the guided and mentored course once but you will have continued lifetime course access to all the course materials.

Do I need to already be making my own products to take this course? What skill level is required?

You do not need to be making your own products to take this course, however this is designed for those serious in making natural skin and body care products for either personal use or for a business. This course is designed for most levels, from beginning to advance. Joan is very detailed with her tutorials, videos, and training manuals. You will have lifetime course access to all these course materials that you can watch, read and review as many times as you need in order to better understand it.

How long is the course?

During the guided and mentored course, there will be 8 weekly module overviews to help you keep a good pace to complete the course, however the length of time it takes you to complete the course is completely up to you. The course is self-guided and can be accessed at any time. There is no expiration date on when you need to complete it by. You will have lifetime course access. You will receive a certificate of completion when you have completed the course.

How long do I have access to this course?

You will have lifetime course access. You can access the course at any time, on any day. You can watch the videos over and over to assist you to make the formulations. For access to the course, sign into My Account located at the top right hand corner at and click on the link to the classrooms. Life gets busy and sometimes it takes us away from our studying. But this course will be here for you when you are ready to return to it. Lifetime course access means you will have complete access to the course for as long as the course exists at Joan Morais Naturals.

Will I receive some kind of certification when I complete the course?

Yes, you will receive a pdf of your certificate of completion that you can print and proudly display when you have completed the course.

Will I be able to make my own skin care product line after taking this course?

Yes! This course provides in-depth information on making naturally preserved skin care products, good manufacturing practices, lab testing, product development, how to create a natural skin care line, raw material suppliers, product containers, labeling, ingredients, formulations and much, much more! We have many students from all around the world that go on to create their own professional skin care line after taking this course! Some of our students started out with Joan and still have a successful business going on for 10+ years.

When do I need to sign up in order to receive the mentorship by Joan?

The mentorship course dates will be posted on the website and an email will be sent out with the dates. Make sure and sign up to be on our email list (located on the homepage) and receive notification of the next session.

I don’t live in the United States, can I still take the course?

Yes! We have students from all over the world take our courses. The course is entirely online and self-guided and can be taken anywhere with sufficient access to the internet. All course instruction is in English and provides a variety of mediums including video, print and a private Facebook community support group.

Do you offer any other Professional Natural Product Making Courses?

Yes! We have a Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course. Joan will be guiding and mentoring this course as well and many of the same features above apply to this course in regards to hair care products.

I’m still not sure if this is the right course for me, what else can I do to make sure?

We highly recommend that you carefully review our information page on the Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making course. The review goes in-depth on the different areas of product making that will be taught. It also includes the table of contents for all training manuals that are provided. After reviewing all this information and you are still unsure, please feel free to email us with any specific questions you may have.

Happy Product-Making and hope to see you in our next course!

Easy DIY Skin Care Recipes

Beauty Trends, Part One: Rising Trends

Natural Body Care Products Beauty Trends

We read the Google Beauty Trends Report 2017 and are excited to share with you the top skin care trends. The report is based on users top search queries from September 2014 to September 2016, and it is categorized to identify top trends in skincare. In this three part blog series we will be going over the rising trends for the U.S., top trending skin care themes across markets, and skin care themes to watch.

First, let’s take a look at the rising trends.


Risers are those trends that have shown growth over the past years. There are Sustained Risers, those with steady growth and are considered safe bets; Seasonal Risers, those with seasonal trends that are likely to come back the next season even stronger; and Rising Stars, those that have a sudden recent growth, however this growth may not last.

For the U.S., Google reports the following for the top risers:

Sustained Risers

  • Epsom Salt Bath
  • Dead Sea Mud Mask
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Bath
  • Korean Skin Care
  • Bentonite Clay Mask
  • Tumeric Mask
  • Vegan Body Wash

Seasonal Risers

  • Bath Bombs
  • Face Mask
  • Aloe Vera Plant
  • DIY Face Mask
  • Face Brush
  • Organic Castor Oil
  • Vegan Chapstick

Rising Stars

  • Charcoal Mask
  • Peel-Off Face Mask
  • Sheet Mask
  • Bath Bombs with Rings
  • 24k Gold Mask
  • Charcoal for Skin

Vegan Skin Care

In the report, Google highlighted Vegan Skin Care as an important trend in U.S. skin care. Searches for vegan skin care have grown over 83% each year. At Joan Morais Naturals, all of our product formulas are vegan, meaning all of the ingredients are plant-based and do not contain any animal products nor are processed with animal products. Based on this information, it appears that as consumers are becoming more informed of what is in their skin care products, they are wanting more natural ingredients.

Making Natural Skin Care Products

The skin care market has been growing immensely and by 2024 it is expected to be an $180 billion industry! In 2016, 57% of U.S. women said it was important to buy all-natural skin care products. As we continue to go over the Google Beauty Trends Report in our next two blog posts, you’ll find that our Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course includes many of the top beauty trends and themes.

If you have been thinking about making your own natural skin care products or starting your own natural skin care product business, now is the time! The Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course is an in-depth online video-based training program designed for those serious in making natural skin and body care products for personal use or for a business.

Read Part Two: Top Trending Beauty Themes Across Markets

Questions To Ask Cosmetic Manufacturing Labs

In a previous post I wrote about How To Create Your Own Hair or Skin Care Line. I talk about getting very clear on what you want and asking yourself questions to help you to have focus and clarity.

One of the questions is, Are you making the product or a private manufacturer? Over the years, I have heard several horror stories of clients that have gone with private manufacturers and didn’t read the fine print of the contract. The relationship with the manufacturer went bad and my clients did not own their formula. My clients wanted to move their business to another manufacturer but they would have to start over as they did not own the formula for their product/s. It would cost them a lot of money. They said they wish they would have consulted with me first or taken one of my Pro Courses to have knowledge on formulating and developing products and before signing the contract. They would have saved money in the long run. I also have students that have come back and told me they learned so much from taking the pro course and they decided to go with a private manufacturer and knew exactly what to ask for developing the product and the contracted terms.

There are Private Label Manufacturers and Contract Manufacturers. Some do both functions and include  custom formulating services.

Private Label Manufacturers
Private label manufacturers have stock formulas and you choose from their stock bases for the cosmetic product and scent and the container. The stock bases can usually be slightly modified. They fill the container, label it with your custom label and ship the product.
Pros: This is the fastest way for product development and to bring your product to market. There are no product development costs. There are low minimums on your product and you can see how your product does on the market without putting a lot of money into it.
Cons: You have no control over the ownership of your product. If the manufacturer decides to discontinue a stock base you are using, you have to use another base of theirs and change your label with the listing of ingredients, plus it will be a different formulation that you may not like as much. The manufacturer may go out of business or you may not like their business practices but you are unable to take your business elsewhere since they own the formula. They will not give you the formula. All of these problems have happened to clients of mine that came to me very frustrated.

Contract Manufacturer
Contract manufacturers manufacture from a formula you own, fill and ship your product. You own the formula. You can contract a cosmetic formulator to create the formula, create the formula yourself or go through the manufacturer if they offer the service. Some manufacturers have a cosmetic formulator on staff and they work with you to customize a formulation for you and then at this same facility it is manufactured, filled and shipped to you.
Pros: You own the formula. If you are not happy with the manufacturer you can go to another manufacturer with your formula.
Cons: It is more expensive to have a custom formula developed  and it takes more time for product development and longer to market. High minimums are usually required.

If you are thinking about a private label or contract manufacturer here are some questions to assist you to have a clear collaborative relationship with the manufacturer and hopefully save you from heartache and loss of finances.

Questions To Ask Cosmetic Manufacturing Labs
You should know if they are a private label or contract manufacturer or both and then ask the questions below that relate to them.

1. How long have they been in business?
2. Are they a cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) facility? FDA compliant?
Water used? Is it purified to USP standards?
3. Lab Testing-What types of lab testing do they perform?: Do they do CTFA Challenge Testing? Do they do stability testing? or Does the formula need to already passed testing at a lab before coming to them? What tests do they recommend? Do they do microbial testing of every completed batch?
4. Can they produce ___________ (your product ex: lotion)?
5. Do they work with the ingredients in your formula? Can they handle your formula procedures?
6. What other cosmetic products can they manufacture?
7. What are their minimums?
8. What are their maximums for production? (If the product does very well, can they meet the demand?)
9. Pilot Run and Scaling: How do they do this?
10. How much for samples?
11. How many times will they allow you to try the product from the pilot run and tweak it before they charge more?
12. What is the turn around time from when you place your order?
13. What are the R&D (research & development) costs?
14. Raw ingredients: Ingredient Sourcing- how does this work? can they help you with this, do they have some raw ingredients they buy in bulk you can use?
15. What are their mixing capabilities?
16. What Equipment Do they have/use? Stainless Steel? Propeller agitation?
17. Filling: Equipment Used in Filling?: What type of filling system do they have? Does it work with the containers you will be using? Can they do heat fill tubes? How many containers can be filled in 24 hours?
18. Packaging: Do they do Induction Sealing? Shrink Wrap? Labeling?
19. Batching and Filling
Who will be making the product? Is the person going to be on site when the product is being made? Do they do any documentation and inspection of the product while being made?
Can you visit the facility? (most will say no)
20. Timely Delivery of finished products: Cost?
21. Payment Terms?
22. What is their Refund Policy?
23. Policy for damaged goods on arrival?
24. Cost for additional Runs?
25. Do they have a referral from another customer? (contact this customer and ask their experience)
You want to stay in complete ownership of your formula: Owning your formula: If they make any adjustments to the formula or production procedure you want to make it clear that you still own the formula, not them. Make sure to read the contract and that it states this.

Get everything in writing!

joan morais Joan Morais is a natural cosmetic formulator, instructor, author and the owner of Joan Morais Naturals. Joan assists product makers on how to make high quality, stable and effective natural body, hair and skin care products for personal use and a product making business.