Reading about how other people create their own natural skincare products got me curious. Could I do the same? I have no problem mixing and matching skincare products within routines and what not. But to actually prepare the stuff I am going to put on my face? Eh. But I decided to jump in to see if it would awaken my inner chemist. So I bought a bottle of hazelnut carrier oil and many smaller bottles of essential oils I know are good for oily, acne-prone skin with a few with superior moisturization and regenerating properties. Let’s just say my first mixing adventure was interesting.
I have no idea how much of what I am supposed to use. I figure that there has to be more of the carrier oil than anything else. But as to how that breaks down in increments compared to the drips and drops of other essential oil, no idea. One thing I did learn – spare the lemon oil!!!! AYEEEEEE! Another? Pepperment oil is dangerous in more than the tiniet increments. But now I have a whole 2 ounce bottle full of my zany mixture.
I first had to spend some time looking at the best carrier oils for my skintype. Normally that would mean something like grapeseed oil or jojoba oil. However, this seemed a little dull. I was stuck between the camelia carrier and the hazelnut carrier only because they sounded more interesting. Also, they are known for great skin conditioning properties. However, the camelia oil seemed a little too much for my oil acne-prone skin, so I went safe with the astringent propertied hazelnut oil, which despite literature that says it leaves an oily film behind – I felt none other than velvety skin.
I took no precise measurements as I dumped steady drips and drops of lemon oil (hold that sucker!), cedarwood oil, rosemary oil, naiouli oil, and thyme oil with a bit more of neroli, ylang ylang and frankincense. I took no care to avoid sensitive parts of my face as I slapped it on after having thoroughly cleansed my face. Which is how I felt a burning sensation near my eyes – oh you lemon oil!!!! You pay when you are the adventurous sort.
But despite that first initial burn around my eyes, my concoction easily melted into my skin. What I had created was deeper penetrating than the store bought serums that tended to have a thicker consistency, and so took longer to absorb in to my skin. What I did not like was how my little mix ended up being a little cloudy. Also, I miss that golden yellow hue…which begs the question how did they achieve that color? Preservatives? Colorant? Cold pressed formulation? I don’t know. I didn’t delve too deeply into researching this – or at all …. 🙂
What I have learned from this is that I like shiny. Wait – I already knew that. Efficacy is wonderful and important and necessary. But the feel of luxury are sooooo imporant. I don’t always have to have this. Efficacy trumps all, right? But efficacy and luxury are nirvana. The sweet spot. Luxury is subjective, of course. For me, this includes efficiency/speed, less prep, less steps, appealing colors, interesting shapes….SHINY…Ok, we have covered that.
I don’t think I will ever jump on the I made my own face mask, face wash, moisturizer, hair mask bandwagon. This seems like the opposite of luxury to me. Sounds like WORK. However, I do have these mini bottles and I will get to creating – the sloppy way – but I figure since I can use it on my face, body, hair and nails…these will go quickly. Also, I don’t see why I can’t use these as little boosts for my store bought masks, moisturizers, acne treatments, or face balms.
*The essential oil products are from Eden’s Garden, which I purchased from Amazon.