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  • #18265
    Zil
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    In the world of DIYing there are endlist amounts of luxury extras we can add to our lotions and potions. Ex Silk, Botanical Extracts, Hydrosols.

    What are your favorite luxury add-ins?

    #18269
    Penny
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    The kitchen sink.

    I love extracts! But I wish there was more info on ratios for using them.

    Current Extracts:
    Aloe, green tea, bamboo, nettle, burdock, cucumber, ummm… I know I have a few more that I use regularly! Honey, propolis, royal jelly…

    Hydrosols:
    I’ve liters and liters of them sitting there collecting dust. I’m kind of meh on them.

    Luxury items:
    Silk, allantoin, silica microspheres

    #18271
    BelindaSK
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    I recently bought green tea, cucumber, sea buckthorn, and banana powdered extracts. I’ve only used the cucumber so far. Made a toner with it yesterday. Now just testing it on my face to make sure it doesn’t upset my skin. So far it seems pretty nice and I haven’t clawed my skin off, so that’s a positive.🙂

    I love silk, aloe, allantoin, and panthenol. I have a few hydrosols but they’re not really a go-to item for me. Every time I use one in something, I seem to react to it, either with severe itching, breakouts, or burning. The joys of allergies!😜

    #18273
    Penny
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    Belinda! Can you post a photo of the sea buckthorn extract packaging? I am in total love with sea buckthorn and the guy I buy my oils, juice and teas from keep sending me sea buckthorn extract packages and I’ve not the faintest clue how to use it. I’ve a shelf with probably 500ish grams of the stuff and no idea how to use it.

    #18274
    BelindaSK
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    Penny, I just pulled my package out and there isn’t any usage info on it. I bought it from New Directions Aromatics and their website has this info (see next paragraph) regarding their extract. This is my short-hand version…

    Use at a 15:1 ratio or 1.33g in 100mL of water, glycerin, or alcohol to form a tincture. Properly preserve. Extraordinary healing properties. Rich in vitamins, pro-vitamins, antioxidants, and skin emollients. Natural bactericide, anti-oxidant, and analgesic. Can be used to improve cell metabolism and as a free radical scavenger to delay dermal aging.

    My skin loves sea buckthorn oil, so I felt this would be a great addition to my ever-expanding inventory of ingredients. Now I just need to make something with it!

    I haven’t made tinctures with any of my extracts, even though NDA recommends that you do. Has anyone else bought extracts from NDA? Do you make the tincture or just add it in as is? Or dissolve it in water/glycerin/alcohol and then add it in to your recipe?

    #18297
    Penny
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    Good morning Belinda!

    No problems with the Oompa Loompa skin with the sea buckthorn? With the amount of sea buckthorn I use and eat, I’m surprised my skin hasn’t turned orange.

    Unfortunately for me, even with the VPN, New Directions never loads.

    #18304
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    I have never noticed that I look like an Oompa Loompa, but I have olive toned skin with some redness, so maybe it just looked normal to me. Haha! I think I read somewhere not to use more than 2% of the oil or 0.5% of the extract in a recipe, but I won’t swear to that! That sounds about right, though, since it has such a strong color. I do notice when I put on white socks that they turn yellow from the sea buckthorn oil in my lotion, but it always washes out just fine.

    Your comment about orange skin made me laugh. My daughter, when she was a baby/toddler LOVED sweet potatoes so much, she literally turned orange from eating such a large quantity of them. Her doctor guesstimated that it was like an adult eating two pounds of sweet potatoes daily. That girl loved her sweet potatoes!!

    #18311
    Zil
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    I definitely love sea buckthorn oil and did a drop by drop experiment to see what dilution i needed to cut it with before it was no longer Jersey Shore Tan Material. I have never thought to use the extract have you noticed a difference in your skin?

    I guess before I spend $$$ on boosters I want to know what will actually make a difference and what is just marketing hype. I know everyone’s skin is special (mine doesn’t care for aragon oil) but I’d prefer a recommendation before ordering. Trying to be thrifty and all.

    Has anyone tried Carrot Seed oil?
    I see that Cucumber is really popular in store bought items.
    Has adding it to your products made you notice any difference?

    Whats the difference between an extract and a tea or juice. For instance what would be the difference between say juicing a cucumber and using cucumber extract?

    I wish we lived close enough to eachother for an ingredient swap!

    #18312
    Zil
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    Too bad there isn’t a makeup alley type website just for all these DIY ingredients. If i could program I’d so start that.

    #18344
    Penny
    Participant

    I find using extracts seem to be more potent and they extend the shelf life a fair bit more than using juice or tea. From what I’ve experienced, vegetable/fruit juices are for immediate use. Teas last a little longer with a preservative and extracts much longer.

    I found sea buckthorn seed oil, I can use it neat with no worries about colour. Fruit oil, 2% is where I need to draw the line. I’m hoping to have some time this week to play with my sea buckthorn extract!

    #18348
    Cynnara
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    I love my hydrosols. Of course, I use them on my dog, me, the male, and for various things. They are potent in their own right and I adore them.

    I’m a huge fan of silk protein. This I blame on Marie. I had no clue you could use it in your own creations until her. Then it was like, give me silk or get out of my way! I admit, I adore it.

    Love infused oils. Adore them every day. Especially trauma oil. You never realize how much you need it until you don’t have it. Then once you make a great pain relief butter, it’s magnificent. So infused oils are a must.

    Just discovering extracts. I don’t have a favourite, yet. Give me time.

    #18353
    Zil
    Participant

    What is trauma oil?

    #18356
    Minicoopergirl93
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    Silk has been my most favorite splurge. However, I can’t STAND the smell. Rose wax is another favorite of mine. I’ve never found any benefit to my skin for propolis or pollen, and it’s a bit of a pain to work so I never really use it, but I love local raw honey. I’ve never used royal jelly, though, and I think I might really like it!

    Matcha is another love of mine, I add it to my face lotion — it’s lightly astringent and leaves this wonderfully dry finish on my skin but doesn’t dry me out, even in these Maine winters. And menthol crystals are a great addition for any lotions or oils you want to use on sore summer skin or bug bites or if you have a cold etc., etc.

    My favorite basics are argan oil, mango butter, and hemp seed oil. Hemp seed is a godsend for my super sensitive skin — it’s a bit heavy and green, but I LOVE it in my face lotion, and it cuts the rosehip oil nicely (sometimes rosehip oil is too harsh on my skin). And I’m not a huge fan of olive oil for some reason, I like hemp oil better there as well.

    What on earth are hydrosols? I’ve definitely heard of them but I don’t think I’ve ever encountered them…

    #18365
    BelindaSK
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    I just bought the extracts recently so I can’t report on how well they work yet. I’ve been using a toner I made with the cucumber extract. It’s nice but I’ve not noticed anything miraculous going on with my skin. And it stinks.

    I love silk in lotions and CP soap. It’s nice in conditioners too. But I can’t stand the smell of it either.

    Anything related to bees….wax, honey, etc….is a no-go for me. I can eat honey, but if I put it in something I’m applying to my skin, I get a very bad allergic reaction. Same with beeswax. Ask me how I know this😳 I can use a lip balm, though. I have yet to figure out why that is. In a similar vein, I’ve always wondered why I have bad reactions to mascara, and when I read in Marie’s book how she makes it, I was like ~face palm~. I never once looked at the ingredient list of mascara. Beeswax! Are. You. Kidding. Me! No wonder I want to pull my eyelashes out and scratch out my eyes when I wear it! I can’t tell you how happy I am that Marie created a recipe using candelilla wax. So happy!!

    My favorite oil combo for lotion is safflower and Grapeseed oils. I’ve recently tried Babassu oil and I really love it too! It’s supposed to be similar to coconut oil, I think, but coconut oil breaks me out so I don’t use it except for soaping. Babassu is less greasy feeling, sinks into my skin quickly, and doesn’t break me out. Win! For facial lotion, I love squalane and argan. I’ve been putting niacinimide and n-acetyl glucosamine in my face lotion recently and I can really tell a big difference in my skin. It feels firmer, and at 51 years of age, firmer is good!! Carrot seed eo, chamomile eo, and helichrysum eo make a big difference in my skin too. Break outs heal faster and fine lines have diminished.

    #18370
    Cynnara
    Participant

    Trauma oil is a triple oil. It’s arnica, calendula and St. John’s Wort infused oils combined. This combined oil, known as trauma oil is great for aches, strains, etc. Big thing to remember is not to use on open sores due to the arnica. Then when you take this lovely blend and create salves and more, it just enriches any pain relief blend you create.

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