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)
- 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 Phenonip. I'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.
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!