As we saw in yesterday's post and Tuesday's post, we can use all kinds of lovely botanical extracts to take our facial cleansers from great to mega-super-lovely-awesome!
If you followed the shopping list for this series, you would have purchased rosemary and chamomile for oily skin, chamomile and green tea for normal skin, and chamomile and cucumber for dry skin. Let's take a look at some modifications you could make using these extracts.
As a quick note, if you like the recipe you've made so far with the cleanser, just add 0.5% of each powder into a small amount of water - say no more than 10% of the water in the recipe - and mix well until dissolved. You may need to heat the water slightly to dissolve them faster. Then add to the total water phase and enjoy!
In this next recipe, I'm increasing the glycerin to 10% to give dry and sensitive skin more hydration. Normally this much glycerin would be sticky, but it's being rinsed off, so I'm not worried about including that much. If you don't like it, as usual, leave it out.
We're adding cucumber extract for its soothing and hydrating abilities, and chamomile extract for its soothing properties as well as its ability to reduce transepidermal water loss. Add each at 0.5% in the water phase as noted above.
Remember, when we add or increase an ingredient, we have to remove something else so the recipe totals 100%. In this case, we have increased the glycerin by 5%, added 0.5% chamomile extract, and 0.5% cucumber extract, so we have to remove 6% water (5 + 0.5 +0.5 = 6).
If you don't know why I'm doing what I'm doing here, please check out the other posts in this series, starting from the base recipe post.
As an aside, I suck at coming up with names for products. Part of that is that I don't think it's helpful for you, my lovely reader, to see names like "sweet almond & aloe lotion" and think that's the only way to make that lotion. The part is that although I'm a writer, I'm not much for flowe...