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DIY 50% Salicylic Acid foot peel

My feet have always been my most disliked body part. One look at them, and you’d be inclined to think that I’ve been lost on the Kokoda Trail in the jungles of Papua New Guinea for years without shoes or medical attention.  Not exaggerating.

When I started hearing about foot peels like ‘Baby Foot’ on twitter, my ears pricked up and I started thinking that it was worthwhile giving a peel a shot. 

Because I’m young, foolhardy, and a DIY nut – I thought that I would try and create my own foot peel. That way I would have full  control of the acid concentration (I wanted the maximum % that I could safely do). Plus, my impression of that the Baby Foot peel is that it’s quite mild, and would take years to get through the layers of dead skin on my feet.

 After discussing this with some of the smarties on forum, I decided to go with 50% Salicylic Acid.


for one application of 50% Salicylic Acid foot peel

– 2g of Salicylic Acid (pure, powdered form)            from

– 4g of ethanol (you can use Isopropyl Alcohol instead if you don’t have a friend in a lab coat) 

that’s it!

Before you click on the rest of the post, I should probably say that I’m only posting what I did, and by no means am I encouraging anybody to do this. 50% Salicylic acid is a very strong peel, and has the potential to burn if you are not careful- use gloves!! And if you have ‘normal’ feet skin, perhaps try start with 30%, or use one of the premade foot peels.

Also- I have included a photo of my peeling foot. If you have a weak stomach, probably best that you stop here 🙂

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Posted by on Jul 10th, 2011 in DIY Skin Care | 755comments

DIY 10% ‘tetra’ C, E, and 2.5% CoQ10 collagen boosting Serum

Having worked with a number of different actives in the past few months in my serums, I’m going back to my DIY roots and embracing the oil soluble vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, AKA ‘tetra’) that I used for my very first serum. I’d have to say that this is my favourite active so far- so easy to work with and I just love what it does for my skin.

When Sarah from Dempeaux blog asked me whether I wanted to do a combined lotioncrafters order (she also adores ‘tetra’ C) I jumped at the chance to get my hands on some ‘tetra’ with split shipping.

Ingredient Overview-

‘Tetra’ C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate)

This is the stable, oil soluble form of Vitamin C. It reduces fine lines by increasing collagen synthesis, lightens and brightens skin tone by inhibiting melanin, and protects your skin from free radical damage.

For more detail on this active, and the recipe and instructions from my very first DIY post (*awww*) , go here.

To see my before/after photos from using my first ‘tetra’ C DIY serum, go here.

Coenzyme Q10 (aka CoQ10, aka Ubiquinone)

There has been a bit of a CoQ10 craze in skin care in recent years, with loads of products both high and low end marketing the use of  this new ‘wonder’ ingredient- but what exactly does it do for your skin?

CoQ10 is a strong antioxidant which neutralises the free radical damage that your skin is subjected to everyday. The body also needs CoQ10 to produce energy (ATP) within each cell, so if your natural CoQ10 is reduced (as is usually the case after the age of 30), then supplementing the skin’s CoQ10 supply means that your cells can produce more collagen, and other skin supporting molecules.  []

recommended percentage of CoQ10 is 1-3%

note: even at 1% Coenzyme Q10 will turn any serum or lotion bright yellow. If a cream says it has CoQ10 and is white… chances are there is probably not much CoQ10 in there at all.

 Carrier Oils

I’ve used Jojoba, Argan, and Borage oils because I know that my skin loves them, and they all have their unique nutrient profiles.  I’ve posted plenty on them in the past- to read about Argan and Borage oils go here, to read about Jojoba oil, go here.


2g ‘Tetra’ C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate)   from

1g Vitamin E oil                                                    from

5g Jojoba Oil   (I use The Jojoba Company Pure Australian Jojoba Oil from my local pharmacy)

5g Borage Oil                                                     from

6.5g Argan Oil                                                      from

0.5g pure CoQ10 (powder)                          from

note: you can substitute the Jojoba, Borage, and Argan oils with whatever carrier oils work well with your skin. Just stay away from mineral oil!

Step by step instructions:

1. Measure out your oils into a shotglass (start with an empty shotglass zeroed on a digital scale, add your first oil, ‘tare’ add your second oil, then ‘tare’ – super easy)

2. Measure out your Coenzyme Q10 powder in a small container, then when you’ve got the exact amount add it to the oils.

3. Stir to dissolve. It is fully dissolved when the mixture is a clear orange with no suspended fine particles.

4. If you have trouble with dissolving the CoQ10 like I did (we’re in the middle of winter and my oils sitting in cupboards are often nearing zero degrees), warm the mixture gently by sitting the shotglass in a bowl of warm-hot water.

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Posted by on Jul 4th, 2011 in DIY Skin Care | 431comments

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DIY Shea Butter, Honey, and vitamin B5 rich body cream


DIY Shea Butter, Honey, and vitamin B5 rich body cream


Hey beautiful people!

I’ve been playing around with making body creams recently, and I was really happy with the last batch that I made over the weekend. In creating this last batch I was aiming for a rich, emollient cream just in time for the worst of winter.

I’ve found this Shea Butter, Honey, and B5 cream recipe really lovely, if I do say so myself. It is very rich, but melts into the skin without feeling greasy afterwards. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredient overview-

Shea butter- used here for its intensely moisturising, anti-inflammatory and emollient properties. In its unrefined form it is very high in vitamin A and E which are both important to supporting healthy skin.

Panthenol/B 5- boosts hydration levels in the deeper layers of the skin.

Avocado and Jojoba Oil- both possess their unique nutrient profiles and are really good for dry skin.

Honey- humectant, and mild antimicrobial properties. After this batch I am going to switch up to active Manuka honey which apparently has amazing healing and antibacterial properties.


  • 5g Jojoba Oil, Cold pressed         (The Jojoba Company Pure Australian Jojoba Oil, from local health food store)
  • 5g Avocado oil, cold pressed              (
  • 8g Shea Butter, unrefined     (
  • 4g Panthenol (Provitamin B5)           (
  • 1g Vitamin E   (Covi-ox mixed tocopherols)                (
  • 40g distilled water
  • 10g Hyaluronic Acid 1.0%      (my own stock serum, see recipe here)
  • 10g Seamollient                              (
  • 2g Honey
  • 5g Emulsifying Wax  (Polawax)         (
  • 2g Cetyl Alcohol                                   (
  • a few drops optiphen
  • 1mL Rose Otto essential oil         (

note: the avocado oil is dark green, and will lend a greenish tinge to the final product.


1. Measure out your non heat sensitive oil phase- your Shea Butter, Avocado oil, emulsifying wax, and cetyl alcohol, in one glass.

2. Measure out, in another glass, your non heat sensitive water phase- distilled water, seamollient and hyaluronic acid.

DIY Shea Butter, Honey, and vitamin B5 rich body cream
shea butter, cetyl alcohol, E-wax, jojoba oil (haven’t yet put in avocado oil woops)

Keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on Jun 14th, 2011 in DIY Skin Care, Skincare | 119comments

DIY Hyaluronic Acid stock serum tutorial

Hi guys,

Just a quickie tutorial on how I make my 1% Hyaluronic Acid stock serum that I keep mentioning in my DIY posts.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a humectant which draws water to your skin from the atmosphere, and is a component of many moisturising face products. Hado Labo is an Asian skin care line that puts a huge emphasis on Hyaluronic Acid.

Most experts recommend a maximum of 1% – above that the Hyaluronic Acid can start to draw moisture away from the deeper levels of your skin (especially if you’re in a low humidity situation, e.g. air conditioning, flights, arid climates etc) which is clearly the opposite of what we want.

In DIY serums..

I use it in many of my concoctions for it’s moisturising properties, as well as to give ‘body’ and thickness to my serums.

Hyaluronic acid solution is a PAIN in the bum to dissolve- so rather than mixing a small amount every time I want to make a serum, I just make a stock 1% serum each month and keep it in the fridge ready to use.

Recipe: (for 60mL)

0.6g pure Hyaluronic Acid powder ( from )

60mL distilled water

a few drops of Optiphen (preservative)

note: if you want to get fancy, you can use hydrosols, aloe vera juice, and other skin loving goodies instead of distilled water. I like to have a plain stock serum and add goodies later.




1.  Weigh out Hyaluronic Acid powder.

2.  Pour 60mL of distilled water into a plastic bottle.

3.  Add the Hyaluronic Acid to the distilled water, close the cap..

4.  SHAKE THE CRAP OUT OF IT. You will get globs and bits and undissolved powder even after shaking- this is normal.

5. Leave it in fridge. You can take it out every 5 minutes to give it another shake if you want this to dissolve as quickly as possible (20mins), but it will generally fully dissolve into a homogenous gel within about 1-2 hrs anyway.



0.6 grams Hyaluronic Acid powder for stock serum

0.6 grams Hyaluronic Acid powder for stock serum

Hyaluronic Acid Serum straight after shaking

Hyaluronic Acid Serum straight after shaking

Hyaluronic Acid Serum 1hr later

Hyaluronic Acid Serum 1hr later


This stock Hyaluronic Acid Serum recipe and method is taken from what the experts (ie Glitterbug)  at forum do. I don’t understand why the recipe works better when the solution is cold, it just does.

Hope someone found this useful!

Posted by on Jun 5th, 2011 in DIY Skin Care | 617comments

DIY Idebenone, Niacinamide (B3), Glucosamine anti aging serum (DragoN’s recipe)

This serum is jam packed with potent anti aging actives, antioxidants, in a skin loving base of seamollient and Borage oil.  It was created by DragoN from forum (she is an incredible wealth of skin care science knowledge), and a favourite amongst DIYers on that forum.


DIY Idebenone, Niacinamide, Glucosamine anti aging serum


Ingredient overview:


Idebenone: the powerful antioxidant found in the Prevage line of products.

Niacinamide and Glucosamine: Anti inflammatory, anti-acne,  anti aging, boosts the skin’s own hydration levels from the inside out. More detail on these actives see my previous DIY Niacinamide Glucosamine and Green Tea Serum post

Borage Seed Oil: one of my fav oils at the moment, highest GLA content out of any plant oils. For more details, see my Argan and Borage Oils post.

Hyaluronic acid: humectant -draws moisture from the environment to your skin.

Vitamin E: antioxidant, extends shelf life of oils in a product.

The Recipe:

  • Idebenone 0.15 g from                             
  • Niacinamide (B3) 1.5 g from                
  • N-Acetyl Glucosamine 0.6 g from    
  • Non Denatured Ethanol 0.15 (used to dissolve the Idebenone, and as a penetration enhancer)   not available for purchase in Australia or online. You can use 0.3g vodka instead or dissolve into the oil phase)
  • Borage oil 9.0 g                                                
  • Seamollient 9.0 g                                           
  • Vit E (Covi-Ox mixed tocopherols)0.6 g
  • Hyaluronic acid stock serum 1% 2.4 g    , premixed by me.
  • distilled water 6 g
  • Polysorbate 80 0.6 g (emulsifier)              
  • A few drops of Optiphen (preservative)  


note: the actives in this recipe are used at their maximum recommended concentrations to ensure maximum potency

DIY Idebenone, niacinamide, glucosamine serum ingredients

DIY Idebenone, niacinamide, glucosamine serum ingredients


Step by step instructions:

(You need a decent scale that is accurate to 0.01g)

1.  Measure out 0.15 g of Idebenone (put the container on the scale first and then ‘tare’, or zero it first)

DIY Idebenone, niacinamide, glucosamine serum
Exactly 0.15g of Idebenone before adding ethanol

 keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on May 31st, 2011 in DIY Skin Care | 275comments

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