Have you enjoyed using essential oils for your skin and body? Maybe you’ve thought of selling essential oils as a home business. Essential oils are increasing in popularity as people seek healthy alternatives to the harsh commercial products available in stores. This can make a very profitable home business. Here are some tips to get you started selling essential oils.
1. Grow your own. As a small time apothecarist, you may want to try effective and affordable methods of selling your oils. Rather than buying and reselling oils, which may cause problems if your distributor’s oils are defective, you can try to grow your own herbs and plants for extraction. This gives you a leg up on the competition because you can produce more diverse and exotic essential oils and also keep them organic and pure without worrying about the content of a distributor’s oils.
2. Invest in equipment. So you’ve decided to produce your own oils? This may not be as simple as you think. The process of making the oils is the hardest task and you will, most likely, need tools and equipment to do so. If you plan to grow fresh herbs and plants for your oils, you will need an extractor. These are hard to find and can be a bit expensive. It’s important that you find the most affordable yet effective equipment to run a successful business.
3. Packaging. Another important, yet overlooked aspect of selling essential oils is packaging. Essential oils can be very expensive and can ruin under certain conditions. They also have the ability to spill when shipped. It’s important that you invest in proper packaging to ensure that your product gets distributed safely.
4. Insurance. Essentials oils aren’t all muscle relief and anti-inflammatory. They can easily be toxic, if misused. Many essential oils can be toxic if ingested, if used on animals or if taken too much. These are risks that you need to consider when selling your oils. Often, those selling homemade products like these, take out crafters’ insurance. This can protect you against any claims against your items. Also, those hoping to sell their products in stores, are often required to have it.
5. Selling by-products. If you’re oils won’t sell by themselves or you’d like to have fun experimenting with different products. You can make simple by-products. These are items that incorporate your oils and its benefits into the products. Many people make soaps, salves and balms from their own essential oils. This, can often, add to their inventory and increases their sales.