How to use home made glycerites in your skincare.
Ever wonder how to make your skincare stand out from the others? Give it a little boost, make it unique, give it that wow factor? Well here is one simple way you can do just that!!
Most commercial skincare you find today is white or colored synthetically, with nice textures, nice packaging, formulas that are stable and longlasting, but just no….ooomph.
Well, by using natural botanical extracts, with their beautiful colors and complex, powerful chemical compositions, we can create extremely effective and unique skincare that will delight our senses and keep our planet safe in the process.
Here is one way to do just this!! Curious? I promise, it’s easy and fun and extremely effective. Anyone can do this, and I will tell you how.
Glycerine is a great humectant that is easily accessible and affordable. It is viscous, sticky, and clear in color . It helps to retain the moisture in your skin and so is used in many skincare products such as creams, cleansers, masques, lotions, gels, and so on.
A great way to add some botanical strength and some natural color to a skincare product such as a gel wash or a masque for example, is to make ordinary cosmetic ingredients like glycerine here, into an extra ordinary one. You can achieve this by adding natural foods, fruits, herbs, flowers, roots , spices… yes, all these can be added into your glycerine and left to macerate so that the wonderful botanical compounds and chemicals of the food or plant you choose extacts into the glycerine, leaving you with a new ingredient filled with the color, smell, and botanical powers and benefits of your chosen ingredient that you have macerated. These are then called glycerites, and they will really turn your skincare extrodinary.
Be careful not to use more then 10% of glycerine in your formula, as it will make your product sticky. It should be used in combination with other ingredients, emollients such as oils and butters and a water phase. Too much can dry out skin as it draws moisture from deep within your dermis and in a dry environment, this can have that negative unwanted effect.
Glycerites will take on the smell and color of your chosen botanical after several days of maceration. Please refer to my post ‘glorious glycerites’ on how to make your own glycerites.
Fresh fruit glycerites, made with pinapple, blueberries, or cherries for example will smell simply amazing!! The more water content your ingredient has, the more liquidy and thin your glycerite will become.
Certain dried herbs like butterfly pea or hibiscus will give the most spectacular colors. These are so fun to make!! Don’t forget to use a preservative in your finished product, especially when using fresh foods with high water content. This is vital for your products safety to avoid microbial contamination.
When using these natural, colorful macerates in a skincare product, depending on how much glycerite you add to your formula, you will get slight color changes in your final product. It really depends on the other ingredients you add, and the best way to get the colors to shine I find are when making water only products ( or products with no oil phase) like gels or toners. Once you start adding oils to the formula, and making emulsions, the % of your colored macertae used (normally about 5% in a cream ot lotion) won’t have much effect on the final color of your product.
To really get your colors to shine, try them in a gel masque, a toner, or a gel facial wash for example. It is important to know that the final PH of your product will greatly influence your final color as well.
One example is hibiscus, which can yield a product that is anywhere from hot pink, burgundy to brown depending on the final PH which you can adjust accordingly.
Have fun experimentig, get creative with your favorite local produce, and please share with us photos of your experiments!!
Happy formuating on this sunday funday!!