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How to Sanitize Before Making Lotion

Anne-Marie Faiola

Make Your Own Bath & Body Products

Anne-Marie Faiola

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Lesson Info

13. How to Sanitize Before Making Lotion


Lesson Info

How to Sanitize Before Making Lotion

One final thing to talk about when we make our lotions is sanitizing, so it's so important. Remember we talked about the preservative hurdle, right? If you are trying to make lotions and you have a cat, and this has been sitting out in your garage for three weeks there's gonna be dirt, microbes, everything in here. Your preservative, it doesn't matter what you're gonna do to it, it's not Hercules. It's not going to be able to overcome that. It's the same reason why if you've got a cast on, and then decide to go run a 5K the next day, you know what, the cast isn't gonna protect your broken leg. Preservatives, you have to start with basically a clean canvas, which means you have to sanitize everything. So make sure all your equipment is sanitized to avoid microbes and bacteria to start with, and we do it the same way they do in commercial kitchens and at restaurants you go to. It's a bleach water solution and it's just a 5% bleach water solution, which means one ounce of bleach to one ga...

llon of water, and all you do to sanitize is you literally just take this, dunk it, set it upside down on clean paper towels. When you get your paper towel roll you pull off the first one, and then on the inside of the paper towels, those are clean, those haven't been exposed to anything. So just dunk it, set it outside to dry upside down, it's ready to go in about five or 10 minutes. Your products need to be as free of germs and bacteria and microbes as possible to be safe for you, your family, your friends, and your customers, so make sure you start with that clean canvas and you bleach all your utensils. We do have a question, this is from Jane, who again, was in Nigeria. If you use fragrance oils, can you label your products all natural? If you use fragrance oils, can you label your products all natural? So the FDA does not have a term natural. They don't technically regulate it, but you know who does? The Federal Trade Commission does, and in fact, just recently they cited five different natural companies for calling their products natural when they weren't natural. So no, you can't. You can say made with 98% natural ingredients. You can say made with 99.5% natural ingredients, but you can't say it's 100% natural, 'cause fragrance oils aren't natural. It's a great question and I'm really glad that she wants to be safe and be truthful. That's really important.

Class Description

Join Anne-Marie Faiola for the beginner-friendly class, Make Your Own Homemade Bath and Body Products, and learn how to make easy and luxurious bath and beauty products! 

Anne-Marie, also known as the “The Soap Queen,” is the crafty mind behind Bramble Berry Soap Making Supplies and Handmade Beauty Box. In this class, you’ll learn her fool-proof techniques for handcrafting your very own soaps and bath products. You’ll learn:

  • The cold process soap making technique 
  • How to formulate you own lotion and balm recipes 
  • Everything you need to know about sugar and salt scrubs
  • How to comply with federal rules and regulations  

Anne-Marie will share an incredible variety of techniques even beginners can use to create DIY bath products that are as beautiful as they are useful. 

Join Anne-Marie Faiola for Make Your Own Bath and Body Products and learn how to make high-quality, handmade bath and beauty products you can enjoy, gift, or sell.


Alexandra Paniagua

As a "Seasoned" Soaper this workshop was very instructive, fast paced and not boring at all!!!!! As everything else, we have to be up to date with new trends and ingredients, every day is a learning process, thank you very much to Creative Live, Anne-Marie and Bramble Berry for this AWESOME work shop and I hope you have another one soon :) :)

Julz P

Love this class! Second time watching it, wish there were live classes at this level in my City, I would love to make stuff on the weekends :-) Great job - love the class, come back soon!

a Creativelive Student

Anne-Marie was a very thorough and thoughtful instructor. Her knowledge and enthusiasm were inspiring. She had everything organized and presented it in a very comprehensive sequential order. GREAT class as I never knew anything about soap/lotions/scrubs/balms/etc. I'd recommend purchasing the class!