Shelf Life of Homemade Facial Mask

I'm looking to start selling facial masks and the ingredients include an egg white, honey, oatmeal, and yogurt. I wanted to know how long do you think it'll last? I'm guessing the product would have to be stored in the fridge; right?


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July 2, 20180 found this helpful

Yogurt lasts about two weeks in the refrigerator. If your product contains yogurt, that is how long I would keep it and I would refrigerate it.

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July 3, 20180 found this helpful

Yes, if you are selling facial yogurt mask that contains eggs and yogurt - it would need to be refrigerated.

  • Will you be selling locally? You may have to consider that because the product would have to be refrigerated. Also since this is a product you are considering to sell, I would be more familiar and do a trial and error. Test out the product at 1 day, 2 days, 3 days and so forth to see:
  • - how the product is on each of the days. is it still effective from day 1 to day 7?
  • - do you see any difference if its beyond 7 days (but I would say 1.5 weeks max for shelf life)
  • - you'd definitely have to master your homemade facial mask before selling.
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July 3, 20180 found this helpful

Wishing you all the best in your venture!!

I recommend you check with your local health department (or department of health) to make sure you are authorized (correct permits etc.) to sell the masks and that you are following their approved protocols related to consumer safety for storing and dispensing.


While the DOH can't tell you exactly how long your mask will keep, they will tell you proper storage techniques and they may mandate removal of the product after a certain number of days whether the mask is still good or not for health and safety purposes.

Even though people aren't consuming the products, there is a chance that they could cause harm if not treated properly and the DOH (at least in my state) has strict rules around things like that!

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July 4, 20180 found this helpful

Since you already know the ingredients necessary for your mask, I would assume you have someplace picked out to sell your product but since refrigeration is required your locations may be very limited.

  • I agree that you should check with your local health department before actually selling your masks.
  • They can be very strict about cleanliness and may even want to inspect where your product is made.
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  • Good luck with your venture - hope it is a big success.
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July 4, 20180 found this helpful

I wanted to mention that ThriftyFun has some information on this subject that may give you some ideas.

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July 25, 20180 found this helpful

if I were you I would look to replace the egg though I get eggs are great - they've saved my hair many a time. It's just so exceedingly perishable and you risk a lawsuit for salmonella or risk being fined by the state for functioning without a proper license. Some jurisdictions might even require you to have a specialty regulation kitchen to even be able to do it, and even then they would have issue with the egg. And just think of how easy it is for eggs to turn and give everything a horrific rotten egg smell! Even without the egg everything you list is extremely perishable so it would have to be refrigerated and not last longer than a week.


So I'm going to say it: I don't think it's a good business idea. Not even touching on the issue of where exactly you would sell them there's:

First of course there's the risk of health/legal consequences.

Then there is, as someone else noted, the fact that since these are so perishable, they may act very differently on the first or seventh day and that would force the customer to spend money on something that will not work great as soon as 3 days after buying it.

It would be one thing if they could buy it for cheap but since i assume you want to compensate for your labour you can't really charge less than $8 for a small 4 oz container. So they are spending $8 on something the customer cannot count on working adequately or not spoiling after 5 days.

In best scenario you sell hyper small containers at $4 (like those little jam jars you get at hotels) and they are required to buy one from you every 4 days.


Great business model, especially if they really become addicted to it!

That is until they realize that there is absolutely nothing that you put in that jar that they do not have in their own kitchen.

a less volatile idea to me would be to

- sell the ebook with the recipe, charge $3, put it on amazon
or other ebook place
- instead of selling the product sell a spa day where ppl pay you $20 or whatnot and drink Kool Aid and have you give them facials that will change their lives, etc
- sell a real small jar of it (like the jam jar) and attach the recipe to it in paper, so that they are not really buying the product, they are buying the process of making their own, with a sample attached to prove how good it works. This might circumvent larger scrutiny and take care of the spoilage problem
- if you wanted to go thru with it anyway look to replace the egg with something like coconut oil or shea butter or beeswax (though I know these are more expensive/have different consistency). The final product will still need refrigeration and it will still be incredibly unstable but at least yogurt already is 'rotten' so it doesnt pose the difficulty the egg poses. Also I would try to find something special to add that not everyone can replicate because they don't have the ingredients at hand and that ideally are somehow difficult to buy, like some special herb you special order from Mexico ( or special essential oil, or vitamin e capsules, or a special binding agent

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