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Piñon Pine Salve

Piñon Pine Salve
Plant-based Piñon Pine Salve

I made a plant-based Piñon Pine salve after my recent trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. I was so inspired by the Piñon Pine Tree from my visit. I am fascinated and love traditional medicines by indigenous people. I learned about Native American medicinal herbs and how they have been and are still being used for healing.

Indigenous people and traditional medicine both have so much wisdom and healing and something we need to keep learning, practicing, teaching and passing down. To integrate this wisdom into current times and remember nature provides us everything.  

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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.

Get to Know Your Skin- Skin Types and Conditions

Get to Know Your Skin- Part 1: Skin Types and Conditions

Do you really know your skin? Your skin, aka your face, is the first thing people tend to notice when they see you. It covers every inch of your body and when it feels fine you probably don’t even notice it, but if it’s off, it can really affect your physical and mental wellbeing (do you remember having the chickenpox and how itchy and awful your skin felt?!?!).

In honor of our skin, we will be having a 3 part blog series in getting to know our skin. In today’s blog post we will get to know your skin type and some of the most common types of skin conditions.

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of the body? It is the protective barrier for all our internal organs and internal body system. Our skin naturally knows how to take care of itself, yet we often interfere with its job by not properly nurturing it. We can support our skin better by only using pure and nurturing ingredients and products, and by staying hydrated.

Skin Types

Most people misdiagnose their skin type. Our skin is always changing- it changes during the seasons, by our diet, and as we age. Therefore, our skin type is also always changing. What may have worked for us at one time, may no longer work in the future. It is important to pay attention to your skin and reevaluate when a product may no longer be working for you or if a new and different product may be needed. Here are 6 different types of skin.

Normal Skin: Balanced with oil and moisture evenly with firm, vibrant, blemish-free skin tone, color, and texture. VERY FEW people have normal skin.

Dry Skin: Skin does not produce enough oil and usually feels tight and dry.

Oily Skin: This produces too much oil from over stimulated glands and can be greasy with blemishes.

Combination Skin: Will be different at different areas of the face. It tends to be dry around the mouth, cheeks, and eyes and oily in the forehead and nose.

Sensitive Skin: Reacts to allergens, detergents, preservatives, chemical irritants, sun, stress, etc.

Mature, aka Aging, Skin: May show sun damage and fine lines and wrinkles start to form. May have some signs of pigmentation and sagging and lack vibrancy and moisture.

Common Skin Conditions

Many people suffer with skin conditions that affect the health and vibrancy of their skin. Here are 3 common types of skin conditions.

Acne: Can happen at any age with any skin type. Acne treatment is one of the top google search terms in beauty care. Often can fluctuate due to hormones from menstrual cycles, pregnancy, menopause, etc.

Eczema: Causes your skin to be red and itchy. Has a genetic component and can be made worse due to environmental factors, irritants, and allergens.

Psoriasis: Causes skin to have scales and red patches that are itchy and can be painful. It is chronic that comes and goes with no cure, however can be managed better with lifestyle changes.

With both Eczema and Psoriasis it is important to better understand your condition and triggers for flair ups. Individuals with either of these conditions are recommended to consult with a wellness care professional that is well-versed in them.

What type of skin do you have? Do you suffer from any of these common skin conditions? We’d love to hear more from you in the comments below.

Interested in learning more about skin and how to make your own facial products personalized for your own skin type, conditions and preferences- check out our ebook- How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products.

For those of you that are more serious in your natural product making journey, Joan will be mentoring her Natural Skin Care Product Making Course this spring. This opportunity occurs only once a year. For more information click here.

Come back next week to read part 2 of our skin series on Plant Oils, Essential Oils, and Herbs for your skin.

Containers For Hair and Skin Care Products

Containers should be one of first considerations with lots of time devoted to research into the container that will work best for your formulation. A cosmetic formulator and developer of products understand the container is a crucial part of the development. These container tips and questions for natural hair and skin care products will help to guide you to choose the best container for your product.

Here are a few questions to consider for the best container for your formulation:

1.     Is the formulation compatible with the container?

2.     Are there essential oils in your formulation?

3.     If there are essential oils, did you ask the supplier if the container is compatible with your formulation with essential oils? Essential oils can be absorbed into some plastic containers.

4.     Are there herbal extracts in your formulation that color the formulation and it doesn’t look attractive in a clear container and needs to be in a non transparent container?

5.     How long will this product last for the consumer? If the product is used once a day how many pumps before it is empty? If it is a facial cream and lasts for 30 days, does the price align with your customer and brand?

6.     Do you need a smaller container for the formulation to be used up sooner for the preservative system to remain effective in it?

7.     Do you understand the purpose of each plastic container? PET, LDPE, HDPE, PP, PS, PVC?

8.     If you want to use glass, do you know the shipping costs to you and to ship to your customer?

9.     What are the industry trends for containers?

10.  Do you need a tube container? Currently tube containers are the trend. The consumer cannot get to the formulation and this is great for natural preservative systems. Do you want your label printed on the tube?

11.  Does the container need to be recyclable to align with your brand?

12.  Does the bottle need to be squeezed to dispense the product? If so, can the bottle be easily squeezed? Some plastics are too hard to squeeze to get the product out, and it may need a pump lid.

13.  What is the best closure for the container? Disc top cap, mist sprayer, dome lid, flat lid, metal lid, ribbed lid, smooth lid, pump lid?

14.  If you are considering a jar, does the formulation have an effective strong preservative system for the consumer to dip their fingers into the formulation introducing bacteria and mold and the consumer to leave the lid off the jar?

15.  If it needs a pump lid, what length and width dip tube do you need? Do you like an uplock or downlock pump? Skirt pump or palm pump? Treatment pump or foamer pump or airless pump? What color; natural, white, black, clear or a metal shell around it? Do you want matte or shiny or smooth or ribbed pump?

16.  Is the pump easy to pump? Does it dispense the correct amount of product? Not too much? How many pumps for usage?

17.  How is the container going to be filled? Filling machine or by hand? Does the container work for the machine or have an opening wide enough to fill the formulation?

18.  Are you using any other packaging? Will the container be in a box? If so, will the container fit in the box and is the box easy to source?

19.  What is the cost of your container? I have seen clients spend way too much money on the container when sometimes the label can be the focal point.

20.  Will your label fit on the container? Some container shapes may be unique but labels will not fit properly and you will have to pay a lot to have a label custom fitted to the shape of the container.

When you take time to research and test the container, you will understand this crucial step as a cosmetic formulator, product developer and/or business owner. It will save you time, money and customer issues when you research and do container testing to find the best container for your product. These are just a few questions. The container is so important. I cover all about containers; sourcing containers, testing the formulation in the container and much more in the Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course and the Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course.

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.