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  • #19273
    Penny
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    Hey Belinda! What oils do you have to use up?

    My serum is a Barb hacked Sukin product. Mine still has some tweaking to make it a little thicker and a little more lotionesque rather than a straight up liquid, but I’m pretty sure I have the oils and extracts down. Part of my England vacation is to do some thinking while my big projects are at home and I can’t do anything but think about them.

    I love the liquid, it’s great. But, I find I waste a little too much as the dropper shaft doesn’t always like going back into the bottle without touching the side. So, I’ve been thinking now I’ve the xanthum gum and various ewaxes, when I get home, I’ve got some experimenting to do!

    #19288
    Cynnara
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    Would the serum take to a mister? Not too fine, but like the old time atomizers? Thus, less waste, but still a good dispersement.

    I think I might want a bit of sea buckthorn, moringa, and some eos… like kunzea, blue cypress, roman chamomile. Then maybe something to help with oil control and occasional acne.

    #19311
    BelindaSK
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    Oils, oils, oils

    Welcome to my laundry room! Haha

    Here’s most of my oils…some are for soaping, some for face, some for lotion, some I haven’t even used yet but want to try…

    I use argan, SBT, and squalane for my face. I got Abyssinian, neem, Marula, and C12-15 alkyl benzoate, which is an oil free emollient, that I want to test on my face.

    Lotion is usually a mix of grapeseed and safflower. Sometimes I throw in a bit of SBT, castor, avocado, almond, olive, or rice bran, depending on my mood. Recently tried meadowfoam and Abyssinian and they both feel real nice on the skin.

    Soaping is some combo of olive, castor, canola, AKO, almond, soybean, avocado, sunflower, hemp seed, or rice bran with butters/fats.

    My to try but haven’t yet oils are Marula, neem, macadamia nut, and emu. I’ve heard emu is good for pain remedies. The marula I want to make into that hair mask recipe Marie posted a while back. I’ve heard it can be comedogenic, but I want to test it on my face too. Neem is supposed to be good for acne and such, but the warnings about the smell have me scared. I bought a small bottle to try since my face can be ornery sometimes and , who knows, my skin might respond to it. I did open the macadamia nut and the smell is so strong, I don’t know if I can stand that! It does feel good on the skin, however, so I might put a tiny percentage in a lotion and see if I can drown out the smell with other ingredients.

    #19324
    Penny
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    Those little white bottles are adorable! Nice little stash you’ve got going on!

    Unfortunately, unless you can get your hands on refined neem oil, it’s going to stink. You get used to the smell AND it doesn’t hang around too long in something like a face lotion. But it is kind of annoying until you get use to it.

    Marula is really nice! I used it in a body lotion, but found it to be very “drying” quick to sink in.

    I’ve never had a desire to use emu oil. Talk to me about it and tell me why I want it.

    #19328
    Cynnara
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    If you want emu oil, you want triple refined. Those who raise emus for food, noticed that emu oil was easing their aches and pains. (Getting kicked by an emu hurts.) The properties in emu oil really help with inflammation and seem to help with joints as well beyond the normal inflammation range.

    Whenever I make Marie’s pain eraser, I use the emu oil. I also use it for my roller bottle of white tiger essential oil blend. Goes on smoothly, and absorbs fairly quickly.

    If you can’t get triple refined, double is good. Most companies usually double refine. I was given the triple refined by an Aussie friend and the difference with absorption is definitely there.

    #19332
    BelindaSK
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    The little white bottles are from Lotioncrafter. I *ahem* have lots of them containing various ingredients I like to play with😊

    #19339
    Cynnara
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    Hehe. She visits sites to shop. I bet she has full carts waiting for her to decide which items she really needs versus ones she wants.

    Oh, that’s me! 😂

    #19340
    BelindaSK
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    OMG! Twin of mine, how did you know?!?! I’ll have a shopping basket going on several sites, adding and deleting as I shop (this could take several days), going through the process mentally of “are you going to use this…really???” And “do you need this….really??”, then buying or deleting after all that decision making…and, if they delete my basket and I’m not through, I go through it all over again. This happens a lot if I see a recipe or ingredient posted somewhere that interests me. I still haven’t bought SCI and SLSA though, so see! I don’t buy EVERYTHING! Haha

    And, just so you know, I still don’t have orange wax or floral waxes….*sniff*

    #19343
    Cynnara
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    I’m the same, I mean, what if one site has the most awesome sale EVER and the cart which has that same stuff isn’t as great of a price? I must maintain carts! I have needs, people.

    Right now, I’m pandering to my soap and colourant needs/wants. Though, with Etsy, I can do a little of everything as they allow 99 items. I have most of the base oxides at one ounce size, though I’m thinking Titanium dioxide and black will need to be like 4 ounces at least. Lol. So it’s more micas, some fragrances (most with little or no vanilla, unless I’m planning dark colours like the chocolate soap.) and to top off oils for soaping versus my super premium oils for skin care. I’ve been reading and realized I don’t need to used my prized extra virgin olive oil for soaping. Lol

    But multiple carts. It’s the only way, twin. How did we survive before? Circling items in catalogues?

    #19359
    BelindaSK
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    No, definitely don’t use EVOO for soaping. Just regular ole olive oil will do.

    I opened my grapeseed oil today and it was bad. Yuck! So, now that I’ve gotten rid of one bottle of oil, I can go shopping for more, right?!?!? I want to try pomegranate, pumpkin, moringa…..😀
    And, I’ll need more grapeseed, of course!

    #19360
    BelindaSK
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    Circling items in catalogs?!? How archaic!! Haha
    (Yep, used to do that too!!)

    #19374
    Cynnara
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    Bulk apothecary has a sale on grapeseed. 30% off with the coupon of grapeseed. So, yes, go get thee oils!

    #19382
    BelindaSK
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    I shall go check out Ye Olde Bulk Apothecary! I thank thee for thy tip!😉

    #19390
    Cynnara
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    Anytime. Those carts don’t get jostled by themselves!

    #21865
    Cynnara
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    So, I finally bought 15ml and some 30ml bottles with droppers so I can make serums and such. So tonight, I was thinking on my sister in law to be and making her a gift. She’s been fighting stage 4 breast cancer for 5 years and so, organic makeup is important to help her in her fight so she’s reducing her chemical buildup.

    I’ve been creating a line of aloe facial cream for daytime, body butters, and such to help. But I wanted a serum to allow her time to treat herself without spending $100s. So I started with argan, sea buckthorn and raspberry seed oil. I added in rose essential oil and yuzu essential oil. I have to admit, I think it turned out fantastic. The rose and yuzu soften and brighten without any fear of photo toxicity. The oils are all skin loving and help up the game. I’m debating adding allantoin to the mix.

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