First, let me be very clear. The supplier’s list provided here is a courtesy to you so that it is easier for you to find the ingredients and make the product. I am not associated with them, nor do I benefit in any way if you purchase from any of the companies listed. Feel free to find ingredients elsewhere if you like. The ingredients that I have used since I started my formulation journey were purchased by me, and only a few were given to me by my close formulator friends.
There is NO one-stop shop where you can buy all the raw materials you need to make the product. A few of the ingredients may not be easily available for homecrafters. There are only a few suppliers globally that you can get it from in small quantities. So, choose and plan your formulation well to minimize the importation cost.
You may have to purchase the raw materials from two or more suppliers and may have to import some of them because certain ingredients are more popular in certain countries and, therefore, may not be available in other countries. The suppliers listed below are a few that I have discovered that do sell in small quantities (5g and above). I do encourage you to do your own search in your country first before deciding to purchase them from overseas.
If you decide to purchase from overseas, some of the suppliers listed below do not ship worldwide. Therefore, you will need to use a Parcel Forwarder Company or a Personal Shoppers to ship for you.
However, if you intend to do bulk purchases (>10 kg), it is much easier. You can contact the distributors directly in your country, as it would be more cost effective than using the online retailers listed herein.
You are to do your own evaluations, searches, and fact-finding. We are not affiliated with or profit from any of the listed companies, and we never receive free samples from them. We also do not provide guarantee or warranty for services and products offered by the Parcel Forwarders, Personal Shoppers and Suppliers listed.
Some of the listed suppliers may have changed since they were first published. We would appreciate it if you could let us know if any corrections were needed.
Not all suppliers ship overseas. If there are raw materials that you want and the supplier does not ship to your country, below are several ways that you can take. However, if you intend to make bulk purchases (>10 kg), it is much easier. You can contact the distributors directly in your country, as it would be more cost effective than using the online retailers listed here.
1. IF YOUR COUNTRY IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE SUPPLIER’S SHIPPING LIST
For the suppliers that do not ship overseas, I suggest that you contact them directly and inquire as to whether they can ship it to you. In most cases, they are willing to ship it to you. I have done this several times.
2. PARCEL FORWARDERS
Alternatively, you may use a Parcel Forwarder company which will provide you with a virtual local address for you to purchase your raw materials and get them to deliver them to your country. I have done this several times too.
www.gshipexpress.com (US, Europe, Taiwan)
3. PERSONAL SHOPPERS / FORWARDERS
Finally, you can also use a personal shopper. This is beneficial if you have a few items to buy from several suppliers within the same country, you can use a personal shopper to help you with the purchase.
The above companies provide personal shoppers and forwarding services from and to many countries. This is particularly useful when the language used is not familiar to you, and you can ask your forwarder / personal shopper, who speaks the language of the country where they ship from, to purchase the items for you and ship them to you.
When using parcel forwarder/personal shopper, it is very important that you CHECK with the supplier on items that can/cannot be shipped internationally BEFORE purchasing or making payments as some items are prohibited by the courier/airlines shipping policies. This is YOUR responsibility, not your personal shopper's responsibility.
As we are not able to constantly check which suppliers are still in business, we appreciate it if you could let us know if you discovered any new suppliers to be included in the list below or any suppliers that have changed their site address or are out of business so that we could update the list.
www.shop2000.com.tw , www.bulkactives.com/ Taiwan
www.rawessentials.com.sg , singaporesoap.com Singapore
heess.all.biz/en , abcdef.com.ua Ukraine
www.canadabeautysupply.ca / www.dianebeautysupply.ca
SOUTH AMERICA, AFRICA & OTHERS
soapetal.com.ng , theformulatorshop.com/ Nigeria
NEW tidesmark.com Nigeria