If I were more of a left-brained person I would have definitely been a chemist. I find it fascinating that you can mix different ingredients and make them act in a different way than they would separately. I am especially interested in the chemistry behind skin care, a chemistry that makes our biology behave differently. Thankfully, today I don’t need to be a chemist or a biochemist to be able to play with different ingredients and make my own skin care solutions/products, though the knowledge and training could be very helpful. Thanks to the Internet I am able to get a good education on this matter, which is available online, and it’s easy to get a hold of the different ingredients. Below is a list of some of the resources to make your own skin care products.
Established by the biochemist Dr. Hannah Sivak, this website offers cosmetic kits to make your own products, as well as providing individual raw material as well as ready to use cosmetic products. On the website you can also find easy to understand scientific explanations about the different cosmetic ingredients. The website has also a page that explains about the active ingredients in popular skincare products.
A wholesale supplier of products offers cosmetic raw materials and tools for small cosmetic companies and individuals. On the website you can find both natural and chemical ingredients and useful information of how to mix them.
An online organic herbal supplier offers food, beauty products, and beauty ingredients for DIY projects. It is a great source for learning about natural ingredients and what they do to the skin.
If you are interested in making natural skin care products, your local herbalist’s store is a good place to start. Some stores offer classes that teach how to make different natural homemade skincare products. You can also work together with your herbalist and craft custom made products at the store. In Seattle area there are two stores I’m familiar with: The Dandelion Botanical in Ballard and the Herban Wellness in Kirkland.
To educate yourself more about skin care ingredients, their effectiveness, and their safety, check out the next two websites:
Beautypedia by Paula Begoun
Paula Begoun, also known as the Cosmetic Cop, wrote several books in which she reviews different beauty products by her very strict guideline. Her beauty reviews are also available on her website. The part I find to be the most fascinating and educative is the Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary where Paula provides scientific data behind the ingredients. This information can help you to make a more educated choice when choosing a beauty product.
Cosmetics Database by Environmental Working Group
EWG is a non-profit American environmental organization that focuses on research and public information to promote a healthier and non-toxic environment and lifestyle. On their Cosmetics Database website you can find information about the ingredients of beauty products and their toxicity level when searching by a product name or an ingredient name.