What say you ladies?
I realise that in many ways, many niche or indie skincare brands were born in someone’s kitchen. Most of the time, it was to fill a need or to find a way to get around commercial products. Perhaps it is because they are sensitive to certain ingredients, or it might be that they want to try a natural homemade alternative which they know will be free of chemicals and preservatives.
I’m curious though. Are you into making your own skincare?
The most adventurous I got probably, was with the apple cider vinegar toner. I used to make up batches every couple of weeks but after a while, I just got tired of it. I was also using the aspirin mask for a spell but that soon palled too. Using Extra Virgin Olive Oil on my skin broke me out so badly I’m not even going near it… except for cooking and for dipping bread into. The last time I cooked anything up in my kitchen for skincare purposes, it was the L’Occitane Ma Creme… which really can’t be counted 😛
Otherwise, I prefer just purchasing my skincare ready made, because I don’t have much faith in being as clinical at home as I should be when messing around with things like skincare which need to be able to keep, and because most homemade remedies tend to get messy. But that’s me 🙂
Your say: Are you into DIY Homemade Skincare? Do you have a reason why?
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I don’t think I’m that adventurous! I dont wanna risk my skin breaking out!!
I on the other hand am just lazy 😀
Maybe not for my face, but I am keen on homemade body scrubs and body lotions.
That’s cool Reese! But don’t you find it tends to get messy? And do you make your own ?
Yup, that’s how my business was born! If you get a hankering to mix up your own, just make sure you use trusted sources for ingredient research (peer reviewed) and use a really sanitary environment! If you’re making aaaannnything hydrous, meaning with water or aqueous ingredients, make sure to use a broad spectrum anti-microbial preservative. Really. Please. So as not to harm yourself. To learn more about safety in skincare both handmade and commercial, you can read a guest post of mine recently on the Let It Unravel blog: http://letitunravel.com/2011/07/skincaretruth/#comments
Thanks for sharing!
LOL… I say… why mess around in the kitchen when someone else has already done the measuring/mixing/processing/packing into convenient bottles/jars/tubes for you? I’m lazy mah… 😉
Ah yep, this I have to agree with 😛 I’d rather someone else do the messing around
I mix my own recipe of cleansing oil using jojoba oil, with chammomile, lavender and mandarin essential oils. The oil picks up all make-up and moisture my skin. Plus every end of the day I get to pamper my skin with a face massage 🙂
I’ve read about lots of people who do this 🙂 I wanted to at one stage, but after breaking out from Olive Oil, I decided I’d stick to regular cleansing oils. Besides, it can get pricey getting all the ingredients together eh?
Nope, when it comes to skincare, I’m a lazy bum, I’d rather have the professionals do the “mixing” for me 😀
Haha *high 5*!
I like to mix my own skincare ( mostly oil based ) because doing that, I am rest assured that the products I am mixing gets superior quality( minus all the additional addictives ). Secondly, it is far more cheaper! Thirdly, I can always get fresh products everytime, hence the afficacy of the product.
I guess it also boils down to interest 🙂 I’m not terribly fussed using regular over the counter skincare which reflects in my laziness 🙂 But thanks for sharing – it makes sense to understand why some people may prefer a DIY approach vs a ready made approach
only would DIY for mask… 😛 for creams etc i wont do it unless i am under professional supervision
Erm… DIY mask like how? I tried making a papaya-yogurt mask once. My skin felt so nice after but the MESS!!!
no, i am not into DIY skincare because I am lazy that way. i sometimes become lazy when putting on my skincare products because there’s a lot so what more in making my own skincare! LOL….
Haha… I think quite a few of us feel that way. It would be nice to hear from those who DO DIY their skincare or enjoy it – It really gets my curiousity going 🙂
Me neither! The only DIY beauty mask I do up at home is the aspirin mask, and even with that I am tardy, which goes to show what a lazy bum I am. I guess another reason could be that I’ve never really been on the organic skincare bandwagon, since that is what I usually associate most homemade beauty recipes with.
You do have a point. I’m not into the whole organic skincare thing too and like you, I do tend to associate DIY skincare with the organic skincare movement 🙂 Well, to each our own I guess although I must admit that sometimes when I read all these easy to make recipes for scrubs, masks etc, I do get tempted to try 🙂
No. I tried to do an avocado hair mask years ago when avocados were not widely available. When the avocado gunk got on my forehead, it caused a rash. :-((
Also, quality ingredients for skincare aren’t widely available here.
Yeouch! Sounds terrible. Personally I don’t like avocado anything… except guacamole 😀
Nah, DIY’s not for me. I prefer my skincare products to come in prepackaged bottles and jars 😛
Same here – especially nice looking bottles and jars 🙂
May Yee says
Besides aspirin mask, combination of aloe vera gel + tea tree oil always work for breakouts 🙂
That’s a good tip! I usually keep a bottle of tea tree oil handy for emergencies but I just slap it on straight
May Yee says
tea tree oil could be drying, so aloe vera gel helps to provide some moisture on the zits to prevent excessive peeling 🙂 My fav aloe vera gel would be the brand named Lily of the Dessert 🙂
That’s a good point 🙂
I make DIY masks and scrubs occasionally but as for moisturizers and toners, that would be a quick no.
Gathering all the ingredients and making the perfect formula seems impossible. I’m rather lazy I suppose 😛
Sometimes its not laziness Ashley. Its recognition that we could probably not make something as good as what we can easily purchase off the shelf 😉 But you’re right. Gathering all the ingredients can be a hassle and can cost more than we expect!
hmmm not really~ too lazy XD and not too knowledgeable
unless I study chemical or medical with a cosmetic major ^0^
hehe… Yeah that would help or we might end up causing ourselves more harm, like I did with the olive oil!
The only DIY skincare I did before was egg white mask and pearl powder mask. I don’t think my home is that sanitary to produce organic skincare!
haha… what a practical answer 😀 I’d heard of the egg white mask before but I never tried because I also heard of salmonella! 😛
I prefer to buy skincare products but every now and then I’ll make my own. I think it’s fun and they always worked well for me.
What do you usually make Gio? 🙂
The DIY skincare I do is use honey to wash my face. I wet my face, rub some honey on my face and wash it off. I just use a bowl and a spoon to get some honey and let it stay uncovered without worry because honey is anti-bacterial.
I also mix my jojoba oil with some water and apply it on my face as a moisturizer.
I like doing this because it is cheap and it works for me. It doesn’t break me out and I know it doesn’t contain some ingredient that will dry my skin unnecessarily.
That’s interesting. Thanks for the tip!
You know I do dabble with DIY recipes a bit. I love them becos they’re fun. Some of them worked very well for me. The mess is part of the deal – like cooking. Funny thing is I don’t enjoy cooking. Hurhur…
I’ve found some of your DIY recipes quite fascinating and very informative 🙂 I suppose if its something that can be boiled up and kept like your rosemary hair wash recipe, I don’t mind giving it a go. But I’m usually less inclined to fuss 🙂 I do enjoy cooking however 😀