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I've decided to make my own skin cream, as I have very sensitive, acne prone, dry and wrinkly skin AND I have rosacea and avoid things like parabens and silicones. Green tea extract is known to be good for rosacea based on a study, and so far it's been quite good for me - and I can't find any creams that exist, without yucky ingredients, that have the appropriately high % of green tea extract (ECGC in particular).

I've been using a goop containing glycerin, extra virgin coconut oil, rose and tangerine essential oils, green tea extract, pycnogenol, vitamin c ester, honey, and vitamin e oil. It's been pretty good, but I'd like to add some things to it.

What I definitely want to add:
-shea butter
-helichrysum/immortelle essential oil
-lavender essential oil
-rose hip oil

-baobab oil
-tamanu oil

But I'd love other suggestions - what else would your dream face cream to combat all the problems I have, and just for general good skin, contain? My skin reacts badly to tea tree oil, beeswax, castor oil and olive oil. I don't mind using animal products, or extracts or peptides.

And lastly, where can I best buy these ingredients, at a good price, preferably all at the same store? I'm thinking online is going to be cheapest.



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Mar. 1st, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
I like http://www.mountainroseherbs.com -- they have a lot of organic stuff. I'm not sure that they have everything you listed, but I know they have shea butter, essential oils, herbs, containers, etc.
Mar. 1st, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
They do have quite a lot, not everything, but many things! Thanks. :)
Mar. 1st, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
Hmmm I don't know too much about glycerin, but it sounds like it's just there for filler and texture. Coconut oil is great for some people, but others find it to clog their pores. It is listed as very comedogenic, which may be something to consider if you are acne-prone.
Also, I'll put in a good vote for tamanu oil. Since I started using it with my jojoba as a "moisturizer" at night, my face is always nice and soft and even-looking when I wake up.
Mar. 1st, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
For coconut oil, I may be way off on this, but I thought that it only clogs pores if it is refined. So extra virgin coconut oil would be okay. I don't know that for a fact- that was just what I thought. I think it's super :)
Mar. 1st, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
I've only ever used extra virgin organic coconut oil, and I can slather with it and it won't make me break out. Even a smidgen of olive oil on my skin though and I break out fiercely!
Mar. 1st, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
Coconut oil loves my skin personally. Thanks for the tamanu rec!

Oh and I find the glycerin useful as both an emulsifier and moisturizer.

Edited at 2008-03-01 04:51 am (UTC)
Mar. 1st, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
I also like Mountain Rose Herbs. Also, I don't know why, but my bottle of rosehipseed oil has a warning on the label *not* to use it on skin with acne, so you might want to take that into consideration.
Mar. 1st, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Hmmm, do you have the stuff from Aubrey, I think it is?

I have not ever tried rose hip oil but I've heard many good things about it. My plan is to add each new ingredient (and I have a long list so this will take forever!) at a time, mix into a small portion of my base, and then use for up to 2 weeks to assess. If something clogs my pores or irritates my skin, I usually can tell within 1-2 days.
Mar. 1st, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
Nope, I got mine at MRH. The vast majority of my skincare ingredients are from them, with the exception of vitamin e oil, because theirs is smelly and thick and gross, and Trader Joe's has a much better kind.
Mar. 1st, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
Huh, I couldn't find rose hip oil on their site.
Mar. 1st, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)
It's under rosehip seed oil, but I think they're the same thing.
Mar. 1st, 2008 07:18 am (UTC)
Found it with a search, thanks! And damn, I just placed a huge order, they have a ton of stuff!
Mar. 1st, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
I can't order from them and spend less than $50, they have so much great stuff I want. I'm very fond of the site, and I'm lucky they're local to me.
Mar. 1st, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
I've recently become very fond of slippery elm powder, and so I bought a bunch of that...and then like 10 different essential oils...more than a handful of carrier oils/butters...some dandelion leaf and seaweed (healthy green things!) and then a cobalt blue jar! Sadly they were out of larger jars.

I really want to visit Oregon as I've heard so many great things. I think it is a place I'd like to live. Don't you have that amazing organic coconut milk based ice cream there that I desperately want to try? *tries to think of name*
Mar. 1st, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
carrot essential oil
Also frankincense and sandalwood is good for dry mature skin.

Rose water is nice too before the cream!
Mar. 1st, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
Do you mean carrot, or carrot seed? I was reading about carrot seed but apparently it is a vasodilator so I want to avoid that.

Thanks for the ideas. :)
Mar. 1st, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Tamanu oil sea buckthorn oil, pomegranate oil, and hemp oil. Those are what I'd add.
My "holy trinity" ingredients of skin care are sea buckthorn, tamanu, and helichrysum, anyway.
Mar. 1st, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
I got your holy trinity down (order already placed!) but I was curious about pomegranate and hemp...I'll have to put those on my list to try. :)
Mar. 1st, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
The pomegranate will help build collagen alongside the sea buckthorn and tamanu, as well as being a UV filter like sea buckthorn. And hemp oil will give the cream a lovely deeply hydrating feel.
Mar. 3rd, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
Wool fat, it's a by-product of making wool. I find a good economic brand at my neighbourhood pharmacy, but it's local, so you are on your own.

Farms that have sheep and sell wool might have them...
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