Do I need to purchase a double boiler?
Double boilers can be purchased commercially but they are simple to assemble at home with two common household items. A double boiler is handy to use in the home kitchen for gently melting personal care ingredients over indirect heat.
Instead of doing the job directly over the burner, and thereby exposing important ingredients to scorching, the double boiler method is gentle on the ingredients that you will be using on your skin. Get detailed instructions in our article How to Make and Use a Double Boiler.
What should I know about homemade personal care product safety?
Making personal care products at home is often done for safety reasons – we simply do not want to introduce foreign or unsafe ingredients onto the surface of our bodies. By making products at home with ingredients we know and trust, we eliminate much of the concern over the safety of these products. More information can be found in the article Homemade Personal Care Product Safety Tips.
It is important to remember that one can react to natural ingredients, even when used properly. The reaction may simply be a personal or hereditary sensitivity to a plant, oil, or ingredient and doesn’t necessarily signify anything about the product or ingredient itself. This is why it is important to Patch Test New Products on your skin.
Using melt and pour soaps takes much of the fuss and danger of soap making of out the equation. Although there are no dangerous chemical reactions, there are still a few safety considerations to keep in mind when creating melt and pour soaps. More information can be found in the Melt and Pour Soap Safety Considerations article.
Which Melt and Pour Soap Base should I use?
You can personalize melt pour soap by adding fragrances, colors, and ingredients, but the process all starts with a choosing soap base with its own unique properties!
Cultures for Health carries several soap bases to choose from, all ready to melt and pour into customized bars. While the ingredients in many soap bases are very similar, some bases contain specific ingredients that enhance your soap to suit your needs. See our information about Choosing a Melt and Pour Soap Base.
How can coconut oil be used as a personal care products?
In recent years, coconut oil has become widely popular as a health and body care ingredient, and with good reason!
Not only does it contain antibacterial and antifungal properties, it is rich in antioxidants like caprylic acid. Great for camping or traveling light; simply pack a few ounces of coconut oil and leave the bulk of your other products at home. There are several Tips and Tricks for Using Coconut Oil.
What are butters and how are they used?
Butters are often used in personal care product recipes. They lend richness and moisturizing qualities to lotions and creams, they stiffen a recipe so that it can be applied in a specific manner, and they lend nourishing properties to hair and skincare products. These characteristics make butters indispensable, especially to those who make their own products at home.
While the butters could be used interchangeably, knowing the specific qualities of each allows you to decide which butter is best suited for a certain recipe. Take a look at the Comparison of Butters, then check out our list of DIY Body Care Product Recipes, and get started making your own products at home!
Can clays be used in homemade body care products?
When it comes to making body care products, from shampoos to facial masks to bar soaps, cosmetic clays are an amazing natural ingredient, healing and moisturizing. Clays are high in minerals, but each clay has some unique properties. There are many options for How to Use Cosmetic Clays.
How are oils used in personal care products?
Essential oils are concentrated plant substances; consequently they are also very powerful, which means they must be treated with respect. It is important to understand some important Essential Oil Safety Guidelines. Consult a professional before use if you have particular concerns. They may also be diluted by following the How to Dilute Essential Oils guide.
Carrier oils are nourishing oils used for diluting essential oils or as the base of various personal care products. While many of these oils can be used interchangeably for the beginner, understanding each oil’s strengths and weaknesses is helpful for those wanting to delve deeper. Our Carrier Oil Comparison will help you determine which oil is best suited for your needs.
Herbal Infusions are often used in recipes for homemade body care products. When an herbal oil infusion is called for in a recipe, the concept is quite simple. The carrier oil has been steeping with the herbs and has now taken on the properties of those herbs. The herbs can then be strained out and the oil used in various recipes.