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Good advice, though I’m not going to let them anywhere near open flames.
I’ve actually started another course in cosmetics since I posted the OP, so I have a pretty good idea how to get this going.
We’ll be making lip gloss with glitter and pigments, face gel that is safe on eyes with mica and glitter and nail polish.
Everything will be a pre mixed (either made by me or bought) base and all the girls will have to do is add color/sparkle and stir in a little disposable cup with a craft stick. When they like the colors, I can help package things with the syringe or spatula.
I was fortunate that my start in this hobby involved buying another crafters ‘Destash’ on eBay. I still have ingredients I have no idea what to do with, LOL. But, that was a small blessing. After a year, I do have ‘favorites’ and I make lotion regularly, usually by tweaking one of Marie’s formulas for amounts and subbing out for the desired end result.
IMHO, I would invest in BTMS-50, since you want to do hair stuff, and a favorite butter and liquid oil. Cocoa & Shea butter and Sweet Almond and Avocado oil would be my ride or dies. Water is an excellent ‘water’ though I myself LOVE aloe vera juice. Preservative I’d go Liquid Germal Plus, or Optiphen if you want a more natural one. 2 wide one cup measuring cups (I love Pyrex) and a whisk or a second hand stick blender, if you can find one. That’s LITERALLY all you need to start out. Oh, a scent if you want. I’m partial to grapefruit and lemongrass.
TL;DR-I’d check out the encyclopedia and go from there. See what ingredients have properties that sound like what you want an end product to have, and start there.
Also, TKBtrading.com has pretty much EVERYTHING in ‘sample’ sizes, so if you want say, 6g of Allantion to try it out, they can hook you up! IIRC, Lotioncrafter and Brambleberry have similar sizes to try things out.
Ok so, UPDATE!
I ponied up for a bottle of the Vichy cuz I had a coupon and points at Walgreens, and have been doing the right half of my face with HA 1% solution and Vichy on the left for about two weeks once per day. (As Vichy claims 24 hours of activity)
Today I asked several people who see me daily if they noticed any ‘difference’ in the two sides of my face. Nearly EVERY person told me the RIGHT side (1% HA) was ‘better, ‘smoother’ or ‘softer’ or something positive VS the Vichy side. The Mister commented my left side (Vichy) looked ‘shiny’ and ‘sticky’.
Couple that with the EWWWWWWW feeling of the Vichy. It feels like…cheap lube. It’s sticky, slimy and it dries to a tacky feel. It feels GROSS all day long and feels slimy when I take it off.
If I wear foundation, either DIY or store bought, over the top it pills up and flakes over the course of the day. It lessens with blending with facial lotion, but not much. I feel like I look very icky and OLDER at the end of the day. (I am not ready to look like what I thought 40 looked like when I was 20, thank you!)
Color me unimpressed.
I did get some trace mineral drops to play with, so I may try to add those to my next HA batch, but for now I’m a simple HA solution fan all the way.
I tried the batch bombs a while back and it was LOVELY. I’ve used it in a few bath foam recipes, too.
What % to you use the D-cone in a lotion. I used Working Hands in the winter and I’d love to DIY something a little more gentle on my nails and skin whilst still protecting it.
I forgot all about this. I got a sample of it a while back and did a side by side with my latest version of simple HA serum (HA in aloe juice and a drop of preservative) on each half my face. I only got a few days from the sample of vichy, but it didn’t seem ANY different than the serum I made.
I have been experimenting with trace minerals and colloidal silver in my face masks, and it seems like my skin seems, IDK, brighter? Thing is I’m putting what I’m learning here and through other sites/courses to use as well so it’s hard to pin point exactly what it making my skin feel better.
This is so interesting to me. I have long used filtered rain water to refresh my wavy hair, which I hold leaves it softer, curlier and healthier. I have no idea why (my auntie told me rain water was ‘softer’ then municipally supplied water and that made your hair ‘prettier’), but I swear it works.
Now I want to add some HA, glycerin and a bit of other things to the rain water I collect and see what happens to my skin.
I wonder what a dash of trace minerals would do? Colloidal silver solution, perhaps… I know topical silver aids in healing and tissue regeneration from personal experience in the wound clinic setting.
[Insert Dr. Horrible’s Happy Laughing Face]
(I just FOUND the forum, so HA!)
I recall Marie commenting about how the gel is like ‘watercolors’ and I couldn’t agree more. A slightly wet brush on the same color combo in gel VS creme gives me much higher payout. I do, however, loves the creme liner as a sort of creme eyeshadow.