Nut oil extraction for cosmetics
(i) Choose a cosmetic product (and the packaging) and identify the information the manufacturer gives you about the product. Investigate any signs and symbols that may be used to find out what they mean.
(ii) In small groups, consider how and where the cosmetics were produced, distributed and sold, and consider
- What impact does the cosmetic have on the environment
- What impact does it make on the people's lives who are involved in producing the cosmetic?
(iii) In your group, can you decide which product is the most sustainable and which is the least. Rank them from best to worst. FPT:
Compare and analyse two advertisements for beauty products. What are the messages they are trying to give to you? Stop and think about the current concept of beauty. Is it sustainable? Then consider the intended user, the market, product form and function, the method of manufacture and its sustainability. Produce an annotated A3 sheet showing your analysis of the two products in the light of the above criteria. FPT:
Making a cosmetic.
Making a basic moisturiser
1 teaspoon white beeswax
1 teaspoon cocoa butter
1 teaspoon emulsifying wax
1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon rose water
4 drops of essential oils (lavender, rose,etc)
- Melt the beeswax; cocoa butter and emulsifying wax in a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water.
- Slowly pour in the almond oil.
- Slowly add in the rose water.
- Allow to cool until lukewarm and add in your essential oil.
- Store in a glass jar and keep in a cool place.
- Keeps fresh for up to 4 weeks.
Developing a cosmetic product
Design and make a cosmetic product for a teenage market. In developing the product, you need to consider impact on the environment and people. DMA:
Design and make appropriate packaging for your cosmetic product that makes minimal impact of the environment. Consider the use of signs and symbols to convey messages about your product. Activities for other subjects
- Discuss the following statements:
- people should be allowed to wear whatever cosmetics they like
- cosmetics and toiletries should never be tested on animals
- packaging should always say where ingredients come from.
- We know that the women of Ghana use shea butter as a moisturiser. Can you find out what young people in other countries use as cosmetics and toiletries? Do people use the same things in southern countries as in Europe? Why not write or send an e-mail to STEP firstname.lastname@example.org to try to find out more.
- The way we use cosmetics and toiletries has changed over time. Boys and young men now use products that their fathers would never have dreamed of using. Carry out a survey to find out what percentage of boys and girls in your group use cosmetics. What do they use? Are any of the ingredients the same?