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Mon Jun 06, 2005 7:36 am      Reply with quote
Darren, are you gonna 'name and shame' this company? It would be helpful!

Liz x

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Mon Jun 06, 2005 7:50 am      Reply with quote
Darren's (aka: pbsadhaka) homemade Dark Eye Circle's Buster:

pbsadhaka wrote:
OK. Here is a gift to all you dark circled eyed gals out there. You asked for something to get rid of dark circles - here is a homemade Circle Buster recipe:

Go to your grocery store. Buy a box of regular, old fashioned unflavored gelatin (Knox, for example)
Take a small cup or bowl and put in 1/4 teaspoon of the gelatin mix. Add 1 Tablespoon of boiling water & stir for a minute.

Test it on your wrist to make sure it is not too hot. Then, using a cotton ball, pat it under your eyes as you would an eye cream or gel. Go lie down and listen to some music, or take a bath & let it stay on for at least 30 minutes. Then just rinse it off.

I worked in a day spa & this was our "Circle Buster" Treatment. Gelatin is very high in Vitamin K & Biotin. It will not remove your circles on the first application (but you will notice a difference), but if you do it daily for a week, and then 2-3 times a week for maintenance, you should notice a drastic reduction in dark circles.

The day spa where I worked charged $60 for this treatment (but they put rose petals on your eyelids), and it wasn't until after I quit, that I found out what was in those little white packets!
There you go.....enjoy! Wink

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Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:45 am      Reply with quote
These are wonderful. Many Many thanks, Carrie!
Big kiss and hug,
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Mon Jun 06, 2005 10:43 am      Reply with quote
Thanks a bunch carekate. I cannot wait to try them, especially the aspirin toner.
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Mon Jun 06, 2005 10:57 am      Reply with quote
Right this Toner looks very good carekate, I am just a little confused here hmm Think I was contemplating making the Vit C serum but then I saw the toner - now some of the girls said that if you put water with the Vit C it reduces the effectiveness???? Aslo what % of Vit C would be in the toner? and if I put Vit C with witch hazel and/or Rose Water would this reduce the effectiveness of the Vit C?
I am such a pain here I know Rolling Eyes Laughing

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Tue Jun 07, 2005 5:44 am      Reply with quote
Rosebud -

I was also confused by the posts that say water reduces the effectiveness of Vit-C, because I’ve checked the ingredient list of several store-bought Vit-C serums, and they all contained water, so I really don’t know what to think... Confused I do know that if I made a serum that contained only Vit-C crystals and propylene glycol (or even glycerin) that it would be w-a-y too oily for my skin. In fact, when I make the Vit-C serum for myself, I modify the recipe so that it includes 7.5 ml of water and 2.5 ml of PG (as opposed to 5ml of each), and it works better for me now that “high summer” has officially arrived here in TX. Maybe I’m just deluding myself, but my homemade Vit-C serum seems to be doing it’s job, so I’m going to stick with using the same recipe I posted (with the slight modification described above). BTW, I don’t know if this makes any difference or not, but I make a fresh batch of serum about every 3 weeks....

I’m actually not certain what the percentage of Vit-C is in the toner. I usually add a teaspoon of Vit-C crystals to an 8-ounce bottle of toner, which seriously dilutes it down. If I had to guess, I’d say that the percentage is probably around 10% or less.

As for whether or not you can add witch hazel and/or rose water to the toner, along with Vit-C...I don’t think there would be any problems if you added rose water to it, but I’m not sure about the witch hazel. If I remember correctly from previous discussions about homemade and store-bought facial toners, there are different kinds of witch hazel. For instance, the stuff you can buy in the first-aid or skincare aisle of your local supermarket or pharmacy for a $1USD contains mostly (“bad”) alcohol, but there are other kinds of witch hazel (can’t remember any actual brand-names, sorry!) which contain little-to-no alcohol, so that’s obviously the better kind to use in skincare, especially if you’re going to apply it to the face....So I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you’re going to put witch hazel in your homemade toner, then make sure it’s the “good” kind. You might want to perform a search on the board using “witch hazel” to find the exact post where the different types of witch hazel were explained in more depth....

HTH,
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Tue Jun 07, 2005 7:22 am      Reply with quote
Homemade "One Minute Manicure"

I don't know if any of you have ever heard of it, but in the U.S. they sell a product called "One Minute Manicure" or "Sea Secret" manicure, which are actually salt and oil scrubs that sell for up to $30USD per jar. I love this product for keeping my hands and nails in tip-top shape, but the price-tag makes me cringe. You can make your own "One Minute Manicure" by following these steps:

What you need:
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• one generous-sized tub or jar
• Vitamin E Oil
• Castor Oil
• Grapeseed Oil
• Sweet Almond Oil
• Jojoba Oil
• Avocado Oil
• Olive Oil
• Peanut Oil
• Sesame Oil (note: you can use just about any kind of oil that you have on hand, such as emu oil, camelia oil, even vegetable cooking oil if you're desperate!)
• 20 drops Lemon essential oil (lemon oil helps exfoliate dead skin around the cuticules and nailbed, and also helps strengthen brittle nails)
• 1 cup of salt or white (granulated) sugar

What You Do:
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Pour salt or sugar into jar, then add equal amounts of each oil, stir well to mix thoroughly. Stir mixture again before each use.

How to Use It:
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To apply, scoop out a small handfull of the oil & salt/sugar mixture and massage it into hands and nails for at least one minute. Rinse with COOL water to remove the salt/sugar granules, then pat hands dry and continue massaging the oils into your hands for 2-5 minutes afterwards. For best results, use at least once daily.


Homemade Body Scrub

Follow same recipe as above, however you may substitute the following ingredients in lieu of the salt or sugar, as desired:

• 1 cup ground coffee (the caffiene is purported to help shrink cellulite cells) or
• 1 cup brown sugar ( it smells heavenly and brown sugar is gentler than granulated sugar so it can be used on sensitive skin or more delicate areas)
• Add a few drops of your fave essential and/or fragrance oils for an aromatherapy experience.

Remember that if you make your body scrub using salt, that you should not to apply it to broken or irritated skin because it'll sting like hell -- how do you think the phrase "pouring salt on the wound" originated?? On the bright side, salt is known to help with muscle-relaxing, so it helps to relieve tension.

FYI - this link has a lot of good info if you’re interested in making your own body scrubs: http://www.essentialdayspa.com/forum/redirect.php?u=http://www.cancerlynx.com/bodyscrub.html#TOP It’ll explain more fully the benefits of using the various types of granular exfoliant options for your scrub, including the aforementioned cellulite reducing tendencies of coffee, or muscle-relaxing components to salt....

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Tue Jun 07, 2005 11:22 am      Reply with quote
Thanks Carekate that was exactly what I wanted to know Very Happy I am thinking of mixing up the crystals in a tiny biy of rose water or witch hazel. The Witch hazel I have is 100% With Hazel, there is no mention of alcohol on the bottle, as for my Rose Water I have it made up and yes that does contain alcohol. It's like being back in Chemistry lessions here Laughing

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Wed Jun 08, 2005 3:42 am      Reply with quote
hey all,
I just wanted to give you an update. That company finally got in touch with me & refunded the purchase price for those products. I know you guys were concerned, and I appreciate it. Anyway, it's all resolved - so that's over! Whew! Rolling Eyes

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Wed Jun 08, 2005 10:54 am      Reply with quote
They must have been reading the boards Darren Laughing
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Wed Jun 08, 2005 1:21 pm      Reply with quote
Dianne,
I know! That's what I thought too! Laughing Really, it's most likely just a strange coincidence. But I'm glad it's al resolved. And without a "name & shame"! Sorry Guapagirl, I know you were looking for a drama! Wink

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I want to try to make my own version of relax-a-line, so I was looking at the personal formulator and I found a product which contains 65% Argireline and 35% ...I know Matrixyl isn't in relax-a-line, but I just like the idea of using it. They say on the site that 2 1/2 tsp in 2 oz of cream gives you 15% Argireline and 8% Matrixyl. I don't know if I need it that strong, and want to make 1 oz or less at a time. I don't want to make a cream though, I want to make a serum. I have no idea what I am doing though, so any advice about how to do this would really be appriciated!! Very Happy

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Thu Jun 09, 2005 9:35 am      Reply with quote
Hi Faith,

You can go to this link which Guapa started, it has some information from the chemist at TPF on making your own serum using their AH3/Matrixyl product....

http://thepersonalformulator.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=49

The other option is to email the chemist directly or post on the forum and ask him to give you a formula using the ingredients you are interested in having in your serum.

You can buy AH3 without the matrixyl at....

http://www.cellbone.com/Hexapeptide3_Solution10.htm

I have ordered from them and they were very good. Theirs is 99% AH3 and 1% HA. So you would just adjust your % accordingly.

It looks like the ingredients in the cellular skin relax a line are AH3, seaweed extract, HA and distilled water. You can get the AH3 as above, algae extract which is the same as seaweed from TPF and HA as well. Don't know what percentages of the other ingredients are in relax other than the AH3 but you could adjust it to whatever you like. You might want to add some germaben II to it to keep it from spoiling as well.

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Thu Jun 09, 2005 6:46 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks so much, Dianne! Very Happy

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Thu Jun 09, 2005 9:59 pm      Reply with quote
OK. I just did the asprin mask and all I have to say is that I LOVE it!! It took me a while to do it after I heard about it on this forum, but I wish I had tried it sooner. I had some stubborn blackheads on my nose and they are now 80% gone. I am sure if I do it again in a few more days they will be gone. This is so cheap and effective!!! Very Happy

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Thu Jun 09, 2005 10:17 pm      Reply with quote
Are you guys getting your DIY recipes from this website?

http://www.smartskincare.com/infopacks/
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eSquire415 wrote:
Are you guys getting your DIY recipes from this website?

http://www.smartskincare.com/infopacks/


Not me, or – at least – not yet, anyway!! I’ve never been to that website, but I’ll be checking it out very soon. Smile Some of my recipes came from members on Makeup Alley (I always give credit to the author when I post someone else’s recipe/s) and others I created myself simply by trial and error, just like a real cook or chef would.

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eSquire415 wrote:
Are you guys getting your DIY recipes from this website?
http://www.smartskincare.com/

I have used my vitamin C recipe from theirs. It is like carekate's recipe, but calls for glycerine instead of porpylene glycol (I prefer the latter). I have also used the DMAE cream recipe from theirs which is like that posted by Diane.
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pbsadhaka wrote:

I do not know of any suppliers in the UK, but there is Oshun in Canada http://www.oshun.ca/Merchant2/merchant.mv? which is also very good. These are ones that I can think of off the top of my head that have lower minumum purchase requirements. If I can think of any more, I'll post them too.
Smile


Darren thanks so much for posting the link to Oshun. Never knew this company existed. I have been contemplating mixing small batches of products but don't have any clean containers. I've heard great things about the Personal Formulator, but did not want the hassle of dealing with currency conversion.

Oshun is right here in B.C. so no customs or exchange!! Also found their descriptions of essential oils really helpful. Very Happy

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Sat Jun 11, 2005 1:18 pm      Reply with quote
That's right, they are in BC. Yes, they are really good. And you being in Canada too will avoid all the hassles of customs & currency conversions. I'll try to think of some more sources, but many of them only accept bulk wholesale orders.

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Sat Jun 11, 2005 1:58 pm      Reply with quote
That *is* an awesome site! I've been searching for PG, in small amounts, within Canada ever since I started making my own vit c serum, at least a month now and google never turned this site up. Thank you, Darren! It's hard to keep a US order under $20 CA to avoid surcharges.

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Sat Jun 11, 2005 2:40 pm      Reply with quote
I'm just making up an Ochun order now and at $50 CA tried to checkout, apparently there is $100 CA minimum, fyi.

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Sat Jun 11, 2005 4:42 pm      Reply with quote
Oh really? That stinks...sorry, I didn't realize that there was a $100 minimum. Maybe you could go in on an order with someone else - like a co-op?

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Sun Jun 12, 2005 9:42 am      Reply with quote
I'm not a creative genius like the rest of you DIYs who have been nice enough to share your recipes, but I did want to share a link to a site with many skincare (mostly bath-type) recipes. It seems like the site sells the packaging & ingredients so is willing to share some great recipes.

I haven't tried any of them yet, but I'm thinking of trying the Hawaiian Sugar Scrub. Sounds yummy! Very Happy Hope you get some use out of this (scroll to the top of the page to see all the recipes):

http://www.pvsoap.com/recipes.htm#recipe

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Mon Jun 13, 2005 12:29 am      Reply with quote
Hey. I just read on how fast bacteria can grow in products that do not have any preservatives. (natural or unnatural).

So I was rather scared to use my homemade stuff as it does not have any preservatives!

It takes less than 3 days for bacteria to grow!

So what do you guys think? Should i continue using my ACV?
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