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DIY 7% glycolic acid AHA rejuvenating serum


7% Glycolic AHA serum

7% Glycolic AHA serum


It’s been awhile since my last DIY post, and to be honest I haven’t been doing any much DIYing lately apart from my basics- DIY Oil Cleansing Method cleanser and my DIY brush cleaner. After my recent move to Melbourne from NSW I’ve sadly had to bin a lot of my butters, aloe, Seamollient, oils and other bulky perishables so it will take awhile to order more supplies.

Earlier in the year, I formulated a glycolic acid serum. I’ve been wanting to do a post on this serum but only just gotten around to posting about it now because things have been so busy around here.


Glycolic acid works as an exfoliant by removing superficial skin cells from the epidermis, as well as increasing cell turnover and stimulating collagen product in the deeper dermal layers. This makes it a fantastic tool for treating pigmentation, wrinkles, and maintaining healthy skin.  I’ve noticed that my skin feels smoother, more radiant, and plumper after using the serum a few times a week.

A word of warning:

A few important points that I need to make here before we go on:

1. AHAs including Glycolic Acid photosensitises your skin. You must wear a heavy duty sunscreen when exposed to the sun at least for 24hrs after using this serum.

2. Acids have the ability to do serious damage to your skin if used inappropriately. Work with acids at your own risk and make sure you have a basic understanding of the chemistry behind them and exercise caution.

3. If you haven’t used AHAs before, or only in low concentrations/heavily buffered formulae, do NOT start at 7%. Start below 5% and then work your way up.

4. Most commercially available AHA products (cleansers, serums including Alpha- H Liquid Gold) have been buffered to neutralise some of the glycolic acid. Therefore, even though on the label the product may be 10%, there may only be 3% effective acid. Keep this in mind if you have been using a product labeled at 15% glycolic acid- do not attempt to make 15% unbuffered serum at home because it will be a LOT stronger.

7% Glycolic AHA serum ingredients

7% Glycolic AHA serum ingredients


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Posted by on Aug 14th, 2012 in DIY Skin Care, Skincare | 9comments


Cold Weather Skin Care Routine: Kosmea, A’Kin, Burt’s Bees, DIY OCM cleanser

In the last couple of weeks the temperature has dropped pretty dramatically where I live, and I’ve started (reluctantly) to turn on my reverse cycle air con for heating each morning and evening.

This time each year my skin tends to become very dry, sensitive, and I can start to look like snake lady if I’m not careful. This post is about what I’m using at the moment to give my autumn skin some TLC- so far my skin is going really well with this regime.


 Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream


Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream

Since trying the Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream for the first time as part of the Kosmea Travel Set, It has quickly become a staple in my regime. I use this as both my day and night moisturizer (one of those rare products that is rich enough for overnight treatment of my dry skin, yet absorbs quickly and completely to form a great base for makeup during the day). It leaves my skin beautifully soft, balanced, and nourished.

It’s chock full of luxurious botanicals- green tea extract, carrot oil, nettle extract, horsetail extract, and of course, a high concentration of their certified organic  rose hip oil.

Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream

Price: $44.95 AUD/ 50mL

Availability: , (free shipping) , David Jones

Full Ingredients List: 

Water (Aqua), Rosa Eglentaria (Rose Hip) Seed Oil*, Cetyl Esters, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea),Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beta-Carotene, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Root Extract, Maltodextrin, Silica, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, d-Limonene, Eugenol.

note: this product was sent to me by PR for consideration

DIY Oil Cleansing Method facial cleanser


DIY OCM facial cleanser

DIY OCM facial cleanser


I’ve been wanting to try OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) since early last year, and even more so after hearing about Sarah’s fantastic experience with it (she describes it in detail including her recipe in this post on ).

OCM has quite a cult following across all skin types for it’s ability to dissolve the sebum plugs that form blackheads, and it’s ability to cleanse dry skin while reducing Transepidermal Water Loss .

My favourite thing about using OCM is that it is FREAKIN AMAZING at removing stubborn eye makeup. I just massage the OCM cleanser onto my skin, and then remove it with a fairly warm washcloth. Waterproof mascara no where to be found. True story.


Current OCM mix:

10% Castor Oil

20% Polysorbate 80  (emulsifier)

40% Olive Oil

30%  Apricot Kernal Oil


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Posted by on Apr 18th, 2012 in DIY Skin Care, Reviews, Skincare | 35comments

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DIY ‘Oil Cleansing Method’ Brush Cleanser


DIY 'Oil Cleansing Method' Brush Cleanser

DIY 'Oil Cleansing Method' Brush Cleanser


So I’ve finally gotten around to doing this post that had been requested by a few of you on twitter over 6 months ago (sorry! Please don’t throw rocks!)

This is the formulation that I use to clean all my brushes- I’ve found that it works better than some of the alcohol based brush cleansers out there, particularly when removing oil based products like OCC lip tars and cream blushes.

How it works:

It’s based on OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) face cleansers, with an inbuilt emulsifier for easy rinsing, and other tweaks which makes this more appropriate for brushes. So it works like other water soluble cleansing oils like the Shu Uemura cleansing oil etc (for a while I was actually using my Bobbi Brown cleansing oil to clean my brushes but it was turning into a very expensive habit) For more info on facial OCM, and a fantastic  OCM recipe, see this post on Sarah’s blog .

I like to wet my brushes with warm water first, squeeze some DIY OCM brush cleanser on the bristles, then work it in with my fingers. The cleanser will go milky/creamy on contact with water, and then will rinse clean under the tap. DING! Clean brushes!

Oh one other thing- this formulation tends to separate into two phases on standing, so you need to give it a bit of a shake/swish before each use.

DIY 'Oil Cleansing Method' Brush Cleanser

DIY 'Oil Cleansing Method' Brush Cleanser


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Posted by on Mar 4th, 2012 in DIY Skin Care, Miscellaneous | 0 comments.

Guest Post on Makeup and Beauty Blog- DIY Mojito Salt Scrub with Mango Butter

Hello there!

Just wanted to let you know that I’ve written a guest post for Karen at Makeup and Beauty Blog. You can check it out here.

Makeup and Beauty blog is one of my absolute favourites, and has been for years. I love her writing style, her wonderful photography, and her exceptionally handsome tabby/partner-in-crime.


Posted by on Oct 3rd, 2011 in DIY Skin Care, Miscellaneous | 0 comments.

DIY Macadamia Butter and Lemongrass Sugar Body Scrub


DIY Macadamia Butter and Lemongrass Sugar Scrub

DIY Macadamia Butter and Lemongrass Sugar Scrub


It was a sad day when I finished my pot of my Urban Rituelle Lemongrass Botanical Body Scrub (reviewed here) It had the most amazing scent- Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle and Grapefruit.

I experimented with the ingredients to get a more ‘scoopable’ (less sloppy) consistency than the Urban Rituelle scrub, and added a little bit of emulsifier so that it would rinse off cleaner rather than leaving behind the residue that I noticed with the original.

This is my version of the scrub. Smells like heaven.


  • 15g Macadamia Butter                               from
  • 5g Cetyl Alcohol                                            from
  • 15g Olive Oil                                                   sourced locally
  • 10g Jojoba Oil                                                from local health food store ( The Jojoba Company brand)
  • Lemongrass Essential Oil                           from local health food store
  • Grapefruit Essential Oil                              from local health food store
  • 1g Vitamin E 500IU                            
  • 0.8g Polysorbate 80                          
  • a few drops of optiphen                     
  • 70g Sugar



Step by step instructions:

1. Measure out your non heat sensitive ingredients- Cetyl Alcohol, the oils, polysorbate 80 and butters in a heat proof container.

2. Gently heat this in a saucepan of water until everything just melts.

3. Once everything is melted and mixed together, cool the mixture in the fridge until it goes semi solid.



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