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  • ozgirl

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    January 11, 2023 at 1:56 am

    I make my own face wash, solid shampoo and solid conditioner but everything else I just buy. I prefer a face cream with SPF so leave that to companies with the money and facilities to test it. I can’t take the risk of sunburn living in a country with extremely high rates of melanoma.

  • Padmavathi

    Member
    January 11, 2023 at 8:06 am

    I make a serum with 2% Salicylic acid and 3% Glycolic acid, and use it for my face at night three to four times a week, and on my scalp at night once or twice a week. On top, I use any moisturiser I make. 

  • Meemcha

    Member
    January 21, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    I buy deodorants, shower gels, shampoos and sometimes conditioners because I’m too lazy to make them and it wouldn’t be significantly (if at all) cheaper. And sunscreens I buy because I like to leave that to the guys with more zeros in their development budgets. I’m quite fond of the La Roche Posay Shaka Fluid. Now, my face skin is weird and I have to make all the face stuff myself. Among my favorite ingredients are peptides, vit C (been playing with 3-0-ethyl ascorbic acid lately), ceramides and salicylic acid (not in a same product though). 

  • fareloz

    Member
    January 21, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    Meemcha said:

    Among my favorite ingredients are peptides, vit C (been playing with 3-0-ethyl ascorbic acid lately), ceramides and salicylic acid (not in a same product though). 

    How do you like 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid? I played a bit with it, it oxidized even quicker than plain ascorbic acid ((

  • Bill_Toge

    Professional Chemist / Formulator
    January 21, 2023 at 6:38 pm
    I made about 500 grams of old-fashioned soap based shaving cream at home several years ago, using materials from various online shops who supply to individuals - a little goes a long way and it’s still good, several years later
    none of them sold coconut fatty acids though, so I had to make this myself by saponifying and then acidifying coconut oil
  • ngarayeva001

    Member
    January 23, 2023 at 2:46 am

    @toketsu by the way, you can find almost any ingredient in small quantities if you are willing to pay for shipping and prepared to get them from different places. Any o/w would be cost effective to make even if you get ingredients from 5 different countries because commercial products have insane margins. Surfactant products are usually more cost effective to buy. You also don’t need special equipment unless you make w/o. The main expense are scales and pH meter (good quality Chinese would do).

  • Robert

    Member
    January 23, 2023 at 7:25 am

    toketsu said:

    Meemcha said:

    Among my favorite ingredients are peptides, vit C (been playing with 3-0-ethyl ascorbic acid lately), ceramides and salicylic acid (not in a same product though). 

    How do you like 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid? I played a bit with it, it oxidized even quicker than plain ascorbic acid ((

    I do not agree with you regards 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid because it is the most stable structure of all other ascorbic acids,  but you should add anti-oxidant as well with it

  • Herbnerd

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    January 24, 2023 at 12:44 am

    I develop toothpaste - and I do make toothpaste for my own use. It allows me to play around and work with either the flavours or ingredients I want.

    I like Euthymol from UK - but it is bloody expensive in New Zealand - so I make my own version because I like the flavour.

    Also, I can make my own theapeutic products and not have to buy them - such as Fluoride 5000 ppm. It is available, but prescription only through dentists and not cheap either.

    I also play around with fun concepts for my colleagues kids - such as for a Harry Potter fan, I made a green, salty flavoured toothgel can labelled it ‘troll bogies’. Kids loved it - but I can’t see the marketing team going with it.

  • MariaRawlings

    Member
    January 25, 2023 at 6:13 am

    I make everything I use with as clean  and green ingredients as possible. I have an extensive list……zero waste facial cleanser, shampoo bar and conditioner bar. Hair serum,hair styling cream, leave in conditioner, hair styling gel. Facial serums all kinds, moisturizers all kinds,eye creams, Cbd tinctures,legal thc 0.3% or less, Cbd/cbg body lotion and butters, body wash ,deodorant roll on and paste, lipstick,foundation. I am still working on plant pigmented lipstick but can’t seem to get rid of the grittiness no matter how long I mortar and pestle.

  • ngarayeva001

    Member
    January 25, 2023 at 6:14 am

    @Herbnerd that toothpaste sounds nasty for adults but having a 5 year old I must say you are very wrong about marketing. It just needs to be marketed to kids. Parents would buy anything to make their kids brush their teeth. Imagine Halloween variations? I think you found a niche to explore:)

  • drjayseesunish

    Member
    January 27, 2023 at 6:25 am

    I am neither a professional nor a chemist, just a retired guy…living my dream….  but I started making things for a couple of reasons:

    The woman….does a little drawing.

    @Graillotion  your work is quite inspiring. How did you train yourself making all these products? Had you gone through any literature or taking knowledge from any other mode? Or did you ever join any course? As you are making pain remedy so do you have a medical or pharma background? 

  • Ghita37

    Member
    January 27, 2023 at 9:12 pm

    Hello everyone. 

    Is there an ingredient that truly  volumizes  hair and stop hair loss and is it possible to stop white hair from growning.Does anyone know any DIY homemade dye for brunette hair color to hide few gray strands at the top because i dont want to die my hair as i have a nice natural color but the few strands are bothering me :(

    Thanks a lot 

  • RedCoast

    Member
    January 28, 2023 at 8:46 am

    Might as well throw my hat in this ring.

    I make my own perfumes. It’s my forte. I was tired of paying $90+ for perfumes with poor silage and I knew I could make what I wanted. Bulgarian Rose EO is crazy expensive, but I can still make those perfumes for a fraction of the cost. Lately, this is where most of my time is going because I fell in love with many floral EOs. 

    I also made my own lip balms and the occasional moisturizer. I had an allergic reaction to beeswax/propolis in lip balms, so I was essentially forced to make my own. 

    I’ll eventually return to my moisturizer projects. Some of my favorite moisturizers have been discontinued, and I’ll make my own dupes.

  • SunilHiwarkat1965

    Member
    January 30, 2023 at 6:48 am

    I buy & use commercial products though I have many ingredients at my lab store to make them. The primary reasons for this are-

    To compare their performance with  products formulated by me.

    To update myself about latest trends in market.

  • MarkBroussard

    Professional Chemist / Formulator
    February 9, 2023 at 9:15 pm

    @zetein

    Liquid Lactic Acid 88%

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