Thursday, June 23, 2016

Newbie Tuesday on Thursday: We're making facial products

I asked and you responded - let's do a Newbie Tuesday series on facial products! Here are the products I'd like to make!

- Facial cleanser
- Micellar water
- Creamy cleanser (like a lotion)
- Moisturizer
- Toner
- Gels of all kinds - toner, serum, eye gel
- Serum, including spot treatments

We'll work to create a base. Once we're happy with it, we'll start adding fancy things like extracts, cosmeceuticals, vitamins, and so on.

Where should we start? I'm thinking we start at the beginning with a facial cleanser then move into micellar water.

What do we need to buy for the series? I'll put together a list and share it here shortly. I'll offer a few choices based on your skin type. (Check out this section on skin chemistry and types.)

What about preservatives? Yes, you'll need to use preservatives. I will be using liquid Germall Plus in all my products and all the recipes are created with those in mind, but you're free to use any preservative that works with the product you're making. As we'll be making products with water, you'll want to choose something that is soluble in water. If I had to choose another preservative, I like Germaben II or PhenonipI'm not suggesting Optiphen as it can destabilize lotions for even the most experienced formulators, but you're welcome to use it. There are no "natural" preservatives I've seen that can stand alone or pass testing, so I'm not suggesting any of those at this time.

Check out the preservatives chart for more choices, or the preservatives section linked above to read more about all of them.

What do you think? Should we start with facial cleanser? Do you want me to outline a schedule we'll be following to give you time to order things? I'll put a shopping list up for all the products we'll be making over the next three months so you can get what you need.

Once I put up the shopping list, I figure we'll need four weeks for you to get the ingredients at your home - possibly longer in Canada as we have a postal strike looming in the future - before posting the first facial cleanser. Let's choose a date...how about Tuesday, July 26th for the first recipe to create a facial cleanser? (The new date is Tuesday, September 13th!)

CLICK HERE TO START THE SERIES WITH THE RECIPES 

As a note, we have a postal strike looming in Canada, so I may have to move that date for the cleanser back so people can get supplies in time!

UPDATE: Do you want a supply list for all the products we will be making - for instance, cleanser, micellar water, lotion, toner - or should we concentrate solely on the facial cleanser to start? What do you think?

UPDATE: I've posted the shopping list in this post!

43 comments:

Gwyneth Wallace said...

I can't wait to make micellar water. Thank you for this. --Gwyneth Wallace

glamaris said...

Oooh, I'm excited for micellar water too. I tried a DIY version (that saga can be found here: http://latterdayalchemist.blogspot.ca/2016/06/micellar-water.html); it's okay, but not awesome. I'd love to learn to make something a bit more elegant! :D

Kelly Stevens said...

A schedule and a list of ingredients would be great. Thanks so much, Susan! Can't wait to get started!

David M said...

Great news Susan!

electrikat65 said...

Awesome!

Crystle said...

Can't wait, I'm excited to learn more.

Where did you get the lip gloss tube ??

Cristina K said...

I made cleansing lotion about a week ago, and I really like it. Also I'd like to learn to make different kind of cleansing, and I'm excited about micellar water too :)

Baby Kat said...

Awesome! I am so excited about this series! Thanks.

Anita said...

I'm super excited! I use mineral oil/cromollient to cleanse my face now, but I'm looking forward to learning about/trying other options.

Yin said...

Wow, I can't wait for it to start! I look forward to seeing the schedule and ingredient list. Cheers!

Ava Maria said...

Glad I caught this in time. You're in my Bookmarks and I think I'm on your mailing list
but I don't think I've received anything for a while and I do not remember unsubscribing.

Thanks for doing this, hope I get to be in the action.

Carolyn Openshaw said...

I am so excited about this !! THANK YOU Susan.

Kath Collard said...

Am excited and keen to get started, it's perfect for my needs. Thank you ��

Meena Rae said...

I love your blog! I'm a newbie to making facial products or any products for that matter. I'm looking forward to this series! Thank you so much.

jeanne lynn said...

Can't wait! I come to your blog for guidance and advice on everything!

luna said...

Hi, thank you for this series, I was looking for something like this for a long time, i like to make somethings for my family and my self.
I'm looking forward to start.

Joyce Bonner said...

Like the schedule and ingredient list, can;t wait. Thanks Susan

Sun Island said...

Looking forward to the series! Count me in.
Darlene

Melissa Wehling said...

YAY!!! Can't wait to start this!

Jana K said...

I visit to read up on many of your topics. I have learned so much here, thanks to your generosity. I have never been an active part of a blog. But, I stumbled on this tonight, and I would very much like to partake. Thank you, Susan, for sharing all that you do in a way that even I can understand (most of it)!

galaxy butterfly said...

yes please! a list of ingredients would be great. I'm a newbie here, and i'm dying to learn about facial products.

Keiann Gravesande said...

Yes the 26th July is perfect. I'm super excited about this. Thanks so much.

Mollie said...

I think making facial products is a great idea. I have made a few acceptable creams and lotions, but haven't had great success with cleansers. Too harsh and have burned my eyes a bit. Micellar water sounds terrific. Please remember those of us with dry, sensitive skin!!

Mollie

Gina Hughes said...

I'm so excited! I have been wanting to make facial products but was just too nervous to do so on my own. Can't wait!

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

A quick question to those of you interested in this series...

Do you want a supply list for all the products we will be making - for instance, cleanser, micellar water, lotion, toner - or should we concentrate solely on the facial cleanser to start? What do you think?

I have to push the date of the first recipe back as we are primed for a postal strike in Canada, and some people might not be able to get their supplies in time.

Sun Island said...

I would like to start with the cleanser then move to others. A list of supplies in advance would be great!

Melissa Wehling said...

I would like the supply list for all. So I can make sure to get the products in before we start.

Jana K said...

A list of all supplies would be great!

Susan said...

Hi Susan,
Looking forward to making some new products. I already make several different products, but am always anxious to try new recipes and looking forward to your new series. A complete supply list would be preferred, because that would mean one order of the things we don't have, rather than several little orders, and also purchasing some items in quantity is a cost savings.
Thanks so much!!
Susan

Kath Collard said...

A supply list for all would be great and will enabLe an order with only one postage cost.... hopefully 😆

KashiaSolar said...

A supply list with a note on which item(s) it's used in would be great!! That way, if I cannot make all the items, I can buy what I need.

Karen van Nieuwenhuizen said...

Looking forward to this series! Would appreciate a supply list.
Thank you so much Susan!

Sandy Bond said...

I would love to get in on this! Watching for the supply list :)

mary tartaglia said...

Susan, thank you for so generously sharing your knowledge and research. I have learned so much and have captured yours and your followers enthusiasm. Looking forward to the Newbie Tuesday. Yes, a list of ingredients is helpful and even better having a kit available for purchase. I would love to start with the cleanser, but everything is of interest to me. Thanks Susan, love your blog. Mary t.

Lisa said...

Thanks soooo much Swift for continuing to do what you do! I'd love to learn more about working with gels & gums,particularly xantham which I've not had much luck with so far. Finding it hard to source any of the 2 step polymers here in Oz so it'd be great to learn how to work with what we have to hand.Have a lovely weekend :) Lisa.

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

A quick update: I'm working with two companies to put together a little kit for the various products we're making. We're hoping to have a facial cleanser kit, a toner kit, a gel kit, and a moisturizer kit available shortly. This way you can get what you want easily and know you have enough.

I'm also putting together a shopping list, which I hope to have out in a few days.

izoui said...

Great news, I can't wait! It is so generous of you to make arrangements for kits at suppliers. Also, I think a full list would be better if possible so many different orders and shipping cost can be avoided. Thank you so much for all the time you put into this blog.
Isabelle

Mia Perdomo said...

Hi Susan, thank you for getting some time together for helping us. Will be following you.

Sally said...

What great ideas, a shopping list or kit so we can be working (virtually) alongside you. Really looking forward to a creamy facial cleanser! Do we need to be patron subscribers for this or can we follow on this blog.

Regarding your Comments Post: Love you Swift :) When first reading your site it was over my head, but I kept reading. As I read the foggy window began to clear. I'm now at the point of knowing how much I don't know and how important it is to thoroughly read, research and practice safety. I always catch my breath just a tiny bit when seeing your name in a Facebook group.

glamaris said...

Hi Susan! I have a question that maybe you could address when we get to the Newbie Tuesday episode on micellar water, since that is the product that makes me wonder about it the most. My question is this: is there any functional difference from the skin's perspective whether a surfactant is foaming or non-foaming? Or is it just the esthetics of bubbles vs. no bubbles?

The question arose because I have been trying a variety of surfactants in micellar water-type cleansers. I've tried decyl glucoside, caprylyl/capryl glucoside, polysorbate-20, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, and Cromollient SCE at 1% each. I don't like the foaming ones in these formulas. I may just be biased against leaving a cleanser (which I associate the bubbles with) on the skin, but with the foaming ones I get that tight surfactant-residue feeling after using. Is it just me, or are they really different?

Thanks a million!
Glam

Sun Island said...

Hi Susan, I was wondering if there was any news on the product list or the purchase bundle? I'm very excited and feel like a kid patiently (NOT) waiting for Santa lol.

Darlene

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Thank you all so much for your patience. I've just posted the shopping list, and I've linked to it in the post here. I can't wait to get started on this series.

Danielle Levenson said...

Thank you Susan for all of the hard work and knowledge you share! I am going shopping with your list now!!, SHOPPING!!!