Updated DIY skincare e-book out now
Dear skincare friends,
It's been almost a year since we released the e-book Natural Skincare - a DIY guide for Beauty Rebels. Since then, we've had some great feedback and also learned a few new things along the way. We try to stay as scientific as we can when we make stuff, and with that comes a responsibility to keep learning and share new knowledge. So just in time for the holidays - err sorry we mean the selfcare - season, we've updated the book and added a few new recipes for you! If you downloaded the first version of the book, the new one is already in your inbox. Otherwise you’ll find it right here.
We made three major changes:
1. We removed vitamin E from our recipes
Vitamin E is a commonly used antioxidant in anhydrous (waterless) formulas, added to prolong the shelf life of oils and butters. It also has benefits for the skin. However, there are many different forms of vitamin E, and too much of some forms of vitamin E can increase the oxidation of oils (make them go rancid faster), while others just won't protect your oils at all. Seeing as vitamin E actually is a little complicated to use and that the minute amounts recommended by experienced chemists are hard to measure for most DIY:ers, we decided to remove vitamin E completely. As always, make sure to use fresh oils from trusted sources, make small batches, store them in a cool dark place and use them quickly.
Read more about how vitamin E works (or doesn't work) as an antioxidant in oils and emulsions here:
2. We ditched our hydrating rose gel
Yeah, sorry! We were made aware that our chosen preservative phenoxyethanol and ethylhexylglycerin has an affinity for oils, and may migrate to the small amount of rose argan oil that we included in our gel and make the product susceptible to the growth of microorganisms. To solve this problem, one would need to add a solubiliser or make a proper emulsion out of it, which is too advanced for this beginners' book. You might like to try just misting with a rose hydrosol instead.
3. We waved goodbye to honey in our balm
This one hurt a little because we love honey so much. But apart from the fact that honey eventually will seep out of the balm, we learned that honey also can speed up oxidation when it's combined with oils or butters. That last part can irritate the skin so out it went.
Don't be too sad! These changes are just to be on the safe side. We've also added a pretty raspberry and rose lip balm instead, and made a whipped body butter that pampers both body and soul. We hope you'll enjoy making these new recipes. And do let us know if you have any questions.
Also! If you're in Sweden, keep a lookout for a Bare Origin + Anna Makes Skincare workshop next year. Many thanks for a wonderful 2018 and may you have a very happy holiday season!
With love, Anna and Nena