A photograph of a mans hand with a blob of clear gel made from hydroxyethylcellulose.

Xanthan Gum and Hydroxyethylcellulose

Xanthan Gum and Hydroxyethylcellulose are two thickening agents that are commonly used in cosmetic skincare products. One is easy to use, and the other is a little more difficult, but they both give good results and I use both of them in my book. There are others like Rice Starch (which is incredible), Konjac Glucomannan,

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A photograph of infused olive oil for cooking used in a version of a Spanish aioloi recipe, served with crackers.

Infused Olive Oil for Cooking

Infused olive oil for cooking seems out of place in a blog about making your own skin care, so why am I talking about using infused olive oil in cooking? In my book Off Your Face Creams, I give you the option of using a small amount of cannabis in whichever oil is being used

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A coffee cup with chunks of mango butter ready to be used in a mango butter recipe.

Mango Butter vs Shea Butter

Well, why argue about it – I want both! But if it came to it, which would gives you the most functionality? Shea Butter is the most well known of course, but read on to find out how to make mango butter your new favorite butter.

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Photograph of a Canadian forest from which Black Spruce Essential Oil is produced.
Essential Oil

Black Spruce Essential Oil

Black Spruce Essential Oil is a clear to pale yellow oil that is thin and fluid. It is obtained from steam distillation of the needles and twigs of the Black Spruce tree. Typically, it comes from Canada where it is the dominant tree in the boreal forest and an important part of the ecosystem. Scientific

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Urea In Urine. Did You Pee In My Foot Cream?

Urea is an incredibly good moisturiser and softens hard skin on the feet incredibly well. Nowadays, it is made from ammonia – so we all relax now. Urea is a component that is found in urine, but so are salts and water.

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