Making homemade skin care: melting

I have found melting oils and butters together the easiest way to a skin care product. There are other methods such as cold blending but they require more power. Below I’m describing the basic (double boiler) technique.   Tools The tools needed to make your own skin care product are relatively simple. You will need […]

How to make your own toothpaste

I’ll be honest, when I first came across the idea to make toothpaste myself I was very hesitant. I thought that normal toothpaste must surely have a purpose with all the ingredients it has. And then I read this: brushing teeth is not about the paste but about the circular motion of your brush. That […]

Face and body scrubs – homemade

I often talk about my passion for homemade skin care. I give workshops and I tell whoever is interested what I use on my skin. Lately, I’ve noticed that more and more people also ask me about face and body scrubs. I’m not sure why that is but I thought I’d seize the opportunity and […]

Coconut oil

Coconut oil as a skin care product is probably one of those oils you have heard about and maybe used. For my part, I was told to use it on my newborn daughter exclusively to treat nappy rash. It didn’t work as promised but coconut oil still remains one of the most affordable and available […]

General additives

I regularly give workshops on homemade face creams where I talk about additives, among many other things. These additives are specific to face creams but can be added to any homemade skin care product. They are generally easy to buy and they do not require any special equipment or extra attention. The only word of […]

Beeswax

Beeswax forms the home of the bees and it is a by-product of the honey production. There is much to be said about the building of a bee hive and the role of the wax in it. Let me highlight that beeswax is a natural product, edible (in small amounts), and it contains many of […]

Shea butter

One of my stables in face creams is shea butter. I’m not the first to note its properties and hence use it in face creams. Shea butter originates from a nut-like berry harvested from the shea tree (or Vitellaria tree) in tropical Africa. It has been used for centuries in the region as skin care […]

Cocoa butter

Cocoa butter is a by-product of the cacao production and the major ingredient in chocolate. For skin care it offers some fantastic properties. Texture Cocoa butter is a luxury product. It creates a very smooth cream and it is very nourishing. It can also add a nice hint of chocolate to any cream. The butter […]

Olive oil

Talking about olive oil seems repetitive. It’s been around as a cooking oil for millennia. Even as an ingredient for skin care, olive oil is difficult to beat. Above all, it’s accessible and affordable. Even just the oil on its own makes for excellent skin care. Texture Among oils used for skin care, olive oil […]

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