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Should I Buy on Etsy About Natural Beauty Products?

Etsy is an American e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and craft supplies. If you got to this post most likely you’re wandering “Should I buy on Etsy natural beauty products?”. Well, you can buy there anything handmade, from natural soaps to handmade creams, lotions, shampoo bars, and all sort of soapmaking ingredients.

If you don’t know Etsy shop yet, I can tell you it’s starting to have a dimension similar to Amazon, being in direct competition with Amazon Handmade, Ebay and Craigslist. Etsy has made in 2018 a total sales of US$ 3.83 billion dollars, and had in the same year over 60 million items in its marketplace.

In an interview in August 2013, CEO Chad Dickerson emphasized the importance of human interaction and meaning from creativity in regard to his perspective on Etsy. Dickerson described the website as “a platform that provides meaning to people, and an opportunity to validate their art, their craft”, and after spending time with Etsy users, Dickerson learned that “all commerce is about real human interaction”.

Dickerson also provided a summation of Etsy that is a further reflection of the company’s relationship- and meaning-based ethos: “At the end of every transaction, you get something real from a real person. There is an existential satisfaction to that.

Etsy Wikipedia

Asked about competitors, Etsy’s European CEO said, “As far as I am concerned, the more people highlighting the value of supporting micro-producers and buying handmade and vintage directly from them, the better.”

Etsy Wikipedia

Well, enough said. Maybe Etsy is there to make business in first place (aren’t we all? We all want a paycheck at the end of the month), but it provides an opportunity not only for you to purchase unique, handmade items made with care and passion, but also to give a new way of income for micro-production artisans.

As a small artisan myself, I am happy that there’s an online shop such as Etsy and we can, with little investment, let the world know about our work and pieces of art, as an alternative to mass production, depersonalized items.

What Can I Buy On Etsy Afterall?

My biggest obstacle about soap making and candle making was to find places where I can buy supplies: ingredients and some more specific equipment. Etsy is big enough and focused enough on crafts to have available every single ingredient or material you might need – if you don’t find something anywhere else, you will find it here.

It’s definitely the best place to find stuff for handmade crafts. For example, it was the only place I could find handmade lard available to make lard soap.

It also has a nice set of handmade and natural cosmetics from various companies, many of them local and small-sized. You can find pretty much anything cosmetic handmade: soap, shampoo bars, conditioner bars, lotion bars, balms, salves, handmade deodorants, natural make-up, etc.

I leave you a list of ingredients to make cosmetics at home you can find at Etsy. You can also check out some nice handmade cosmetic products, if you are not really into DIY, but love natural cosmetics.

Shop For Homemade Soap Making Ingredients

Soap Making Oils

Soap Bases

Soap Molds and Tools

Extracts

Fragrances

Soap Making Micas

Emulsifiers

Preservatives

Hydrolats

Shop For Natural Beauty Products

Handmade Soap

Natural Shampoo

Natural Body Butter

Handmade Deodorant

Natural Balm/Lip Balm

Handmade Facial Creams

Handmade
Perfumes

Natural Drawer
Fresheners

Natural Air
Fresheners

You can find pretty much anything you want or need, just hit the search tool and “ask Etsy”.

You Can Also Sell at Etsy

Etsy is popular as a side-business, as well as a place to buy goods made from recycled and upcycled materials, along with less expensive or more unusual versions of mass-produced items. The unique nature of many of the items for sale is part of their appeal to some shoppers. Product photos on Etsy tend to be editorial or artistic instead of commercial catalog style.Sellers can add 13 tags to their products to help buyers find them, and buyers can choose to search for items available locally. Etsy staffers publish lists of featured items.

Most sellers are women, who tend to be college-educated and in their twenties and thirties. Individual Etsy sellers decide which payment options to offer buyers; these options may include credit card, cheque, money order, PayPal, bank transfer, and Etsy gift card

Etsy Wikipedia

As I’ve previously mentioned, this is a great marketplace to show and sell your own work, especially if you are your own business and want to find a way to get better known. I still don’t have a personal experience with Etsy, Ebay or Amazon, but I am seriously thinking of it. 

Although I’ve given up on selling soap and natural cosmetics, due to heavy legislation, I make natural candles and air fresheners – see my work at Tagus Home, my online store.

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4 thoughts on “Should I Buy on Etsy About Natural Beauty Products?”

  1. Woah! I had no idea Etsy was this big of a company and how fast it is expanding worldwide. I love that they sell the tools that one would need to create their own soaps, shampoos, and even face creams. One thing I have in mind, how safe are these products? 

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    • Hello Stephanie and thaks for your comment.

      Yes, I’ve learned not long ago about Etsy. I didn’t even know it existed and it was this big giant online store already.

      Etsy is all about handmade products, so there are no big manufacturing processes and huge quality controls. I understand the question about safety. 

      From what I was able to see, being a seller in Etsy is not a walk in the park. You get some bad reviews and you are heavily penalized, with your products going down the list. If some artisan is making this products unsafely, I suspect that customer reviews and Etsy policies will take care of it.

      Having said that, the products are as safe as any handmade product is. While there’s no machines or people performing tests to make sure the product meets the requirements, you do have an artisan with pride for its own work, wanting and working that each product is the best one ever made. They have the utmost care for their products to be as safe as possible.

      After almost two years of making my own washing and skincare products, it’s relatively easy to follow some rules and make your products safe: use fresh ingredients; use preservatives if there is any water content; use superfat and make sure your lye is completely dissolved for handmade soaps; discard if there is any change in smell or color. To be honest, it’s pretty much like food.

      Hope this answered your question.

      Cheers,

      Sofia

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  2. Hi Sofia,

    I love your guidepost about what we can actually buy and expect to get from Etsy. I totally agree with you that not only can small artists just go on Etsy to purchase materials but can as well sell their handmade crafts there. After all, we all want to make a few bucks at the end of the day?

    Thank you for sharing this guide!

    Regards

    Sergej

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