DIY skincare – getting started

Posted on November 8, 2014 in Ingredients

The decision to start making your own skincare is so exciting and if you’re anything like me you just can’t wait to get started.

But stop!

It’s so easy to rush out and buy all the ingredients you need for a formulation only to find that you’re left with a heap of ingredients you’ll probably never use before it expires.

Believe me, it’s a costly mistake you don’t want to make when starting out.

I thought it would be helpful to make a list of all the ingredients and equipment you’ll need to get started. These ingredients will produce a range of beautiful and effective skincare that will help soothe and nourish all skin types.

Once you’ve mastered the art of making these products you can start to get creative and have some fun. Mix things up a bit – add in some exotic oils and butters, make use of different active ingredients and botanicals. You’re really only limited by your own imagination!

Getting Started

Basics ingredients to get started:

  • Distilled or demineralised water
  • Carrier oils – Macadamia, Rosehip, Jojoba
  • Emulsifier – I’ve used Olivem 1000, but this can be substituted for eWax NF or Polawax which are really easy to use and produce stable emulsions.
  • Cetyl alcohol
  • Preservative – Geogard 221, Geogard ECT or something similar*
  • Essential oils of choice – geranium, frankincense, myrrh, lavender & sweet orange
  • Vitamin E
  • Hydrosol – rose
  • Aloe Vera (either powder 200:1 or extract in glycerine)
  • Glycerin
  • Shea butter
  • Cocoa butter
  • Beeswax

*Liquid Germall Plus is popular among the DIY community. It’s not natural but it’s an easy to use and effective broad spectrum preservative.



  • Double boiler x2 – saucepan with pyrex (heatproof) glass jug or a double boiler insert
  • Hand whisk or stick blender
  • Thermometer
  • Glass bowls/beakers
  • Digital scales (preferably precision scales that measure to 0.01 grams)
  • spoons
  • spatulas
  • Disposable pipettes
  • Disposable gloves
  • 70% Isopropyl alcohol

Now you have all of your ingredients and equipment – let’s make these beautiful products!

Refreshing Rose and Aloe Toner

Wild Rose Age Defying Day Cream

Nourishing Night Recovery oil

Nourishing Lip Balm


Always follow ‘Good Manufacturing Practices’ (GMP) when making your skincare (see link below).

Good Manufacturing Practices

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