Since going roots with my own cosmetics and cutting back to the barest of basics (read more here, and here), I have found local health food shops and supermarkets to be great sources for fresh ingredients and creative inspiration.
Food in Cosmetics? Is that OK?
Formulating with food is not only do-able, but opens up a world of possibilities that allows you to experiment and create while honing your formulating skills.
Some get a little nervous about using food grade anything for their cosmetics — I’ve even heard some say they would NEVER consider using ANY foods as cosmetics ingredients.
If you want to follow that path, you are of course quite welcome to, but you’re not only cutting yourself off from a world of wonderful and beneficial ingredients, you’re also going to have a bit of a job sourcing plant-based ingredients.