If you do not want to save money on gorgeous, high-quality skincare products, then do NOT read this blogpost. People don’t believe me when I say you will save so much money making your own products. That is, until they come to my class and see it with their own eyes. Read on to discover how you can make these five trendy skincare products at home.
Trendy Skincare Product #1 – Exfoliating scrub from Aromatherapy Associates – Retail price €46, make it at home for €5.60
Ingredients: Maris Sal (Sea Salt), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Boswellia Carterii, (Frankincense) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Parfum**, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Coco-Glucoside, Benzyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Limonene*. *Natural Essential Oil Contents, **Natural Plant Extracts.
When making this skincare product, you can even skip the preservative (Benzyl Alcohol), if you are going to use this products within a couple of weeks. Just try not to touch the product with wet hands nor allow water to come in contact with it. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to know what the Parfum is, as it’s the brand’s secret signature blend. However, you can make a nice blend with frankincense and grapefruit peel oil. You’ll need to add a medium note essential oil to achieve a balanced aroma. In fact, you can add other essential oils, if you don’t like the ones on the label.
Trendy Skincare Product #2 – Pure Argan Oil or Morrocan Oil – Retail price €50, make it at home for €5.75
This is basically just one ingredient: pure argan oil purchased from a raw cosmetic materials supplier that’s stored in a bottle with a label. You don’t need to buy ‘Morrocan Oil’ to enjoy pure argan oil, simply purchase the ingredient on its own. If you don’t already know, this oil is amazing for the skin and hair.
Trendy Skincare Product #3 – Pure plant body oil (fragrance free) from Trilogy – Retail price €20 make it at home for €2.20
This product is basically a blend of apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, and rosehip oil packaged in a nice glass bottle with a pump. These oils are very affordable, except rosehip oil, which can be a bit more expensive. The price depends on the quality but ideally this oil should be organic and cold pressed, which you can identify by its gorgeous amber colour. If you don’t want to spend too much, you can replace it with Irish Camelina oil. The total cost, including a nice glass bottle with pump (which I normally get from Tiger, Sostrene Greene, or Ikea) is €7 maximum.
Note: As this is an anhydrous (oil based) product, it does not need any preservatives. Also, I am pretty sure that Trilogy have added vitamin E as an antioxidant, especially because rosehip oil has a short shelf-life.
Trendy Skincare Product #4 – Angels on Bare Skin (Gentle softening cleanser, mild exfoliant for face and body) from LUSH – Retail price €10, make it at home for €2
Ingredients: Ground almond, glycerine, water (I would skip the water), lavender oil, rose absolute, chamomile blue, tagetes, benzoin.
This is quite a straightforward product to make. The small challenge here is achieving a harmonious blend of essential oils and correct percentages. If you have attended my courses, you will know how to do this.
Trendy Skincare Product #5 – 10% Niacinamide 1% Zinc Natural Blemish Formula from The Ordinary – Retail price €6, make it at home for €0.75
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin
This is an aqueous product and the key ingredients here are niacinamide, pentylene glycol, zinc PC, and of course, water. Also, xanthan gum is used as thickener and you must include a preservative. Phenoxyethanol is great but there is a lot of controversy surrounding it. Bear in mind that the pH needs to be adjusted accordingly for the niacinamide to work. Isoceteth-20 is a synthetic solubilizer that I don’t use, although you can experiment with others.
Furthermore, dimethyl isosorbide is a penetration enhancer of water active ingredients that you can substitute for another penetration enhancer. Tamarindus indica seed gum sounds very cool, although I don’t have this one, at the moment, but have many other gums. I particularly love sclerotium gum for luxurious face serums.
These are just few examples of products you can make with natural cosmetic making knowledge. There are hundreds of skincare products you can formulate and make at home and save nine times the money! Although the key is knowing how to make these products, buying and studying the raw materials, understanding how the materials work, as well as percentages and usage limits, safety rules, and any incompatibilities. Knowledge is power; educate yourself and create what you want and what works for your skin. I invite you to enrol in my Online Facial Skincare Course to learn the cosmetic making fundamentals that will enable you to create amazing professional skincare products such as these.
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