Sunday, January 24, 2010

DIY - Homemade Herbal Extracts: Alcohol Based Extracts

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Alcohol Based Extraction is one of the easiest ways to extract the active water and alcohol-soluble components from Herbs.

As a solvent we can use 95%, 70% or 40% Ethanol (I prefer 40% Vodka) and Glycerin (mono-Alcohol or glycyl alcohol), where Alcohol can be used also to preserve Herbs. Glycerin in Skin Care Products, also serves as a humectant, solvent and may help to preserve, however it is not considered as effective as Vodka in preservation.

Sometimes Alcohol Based Extracts are called Tinctures and Vodka based Extracts are called the Mother Tincture, but I am usually using this term (Tincture) to describe the blends of Essential Oils. Anyway, according to the United States Pharmacopeia Convention, for example, an Herbal Tincture must be made from at least 45% alcohol, and I am using different ratios depend on the components of the Herbs, so I will call these types of preparations "Alcohol based Extracts".

Friday, January 22, 2010

DIY - Homemade Herbal Extracts: Oil Infusion/Maceration

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Today we're going to be talking about Homemade Herbal Infusions in Vegetable Oil providing the therapeutic properties of both the Oil and the Herb.

The best way to enjoy the healing power of Herbs is making your own natural and organic components for your Homemade Skincare such as Herbal Extracts in Oil and Herbal Extracts in Water/Alcohol.

Herbal Extract in Oil is a vegetable oil that has been "infused" with the Fat-Soluble elements of the Herbs, while leaves or flowers are soaked in a warm Base Oil (heated to 40-60C) and then storages in a dark place for several weeks under room temperature. Some herbs are most effectively infused in Hot Oil (heated to 60-70C).


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Terminology of Skin Care Ingredients

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I was asked to explain the Terminology I am using to describe my recipes on Chanty's Forum and decided to post here the description of that terms, hope it will be useful:

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Anti-inflammatory - helping to reduce or prevent certain signs of inflammation.

Anti-microbial - helping to prevent or inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and viruse.

Antioxidant - helping to reduce the effects of free-radical damage.

Astringent - helping to tighten up the skin and close up pores.

Base – just a base of the mixture.

Carrier Oils - are used to carry the Essential Oils and other elements onto the skin.

Emollient – ingredients with soft ening and soothing effect on the skin

Emulsifier - helping to stable the blend of oil and water phases.

Enhancer -  providing the best “Carrier” property, which is penetrating the skin quickly.

Exfoliate/Scrub - removing the top layer of dead skin cells.

Herbal Infusion in Oil (the same as maceration) – just a Herbal Extract in Oil (check the Herbs for the fat-soluble elements)

Moisturizing Oil – providing a moistures barrier, preventing dehydration of the skin.


Nourishing Oil – rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamins.

Supplement – additional ingredients in the mixture.


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I am not a specialist, and my English is far from to compete with the dictionary, but I've tried :).


Good Luck :)

P.S. I've found a really good "Cosmetic Ingredients Reference Guide & Dictionary".
You can download a very useful "LEXICON OF LIPID NUTRITION" in pdf format (You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this file).

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

DIY - Homemade Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) Extract and Oil Infusion

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Shiitake (Xiang Gu)

is the most exotic and delicious mushroom used in Asian cuisine.
You can find it in local Oriental markets or natural food stores.
I discovered its delicious taste when I used to live in China last year.

 Shiitake is also the most studied medicinal mushroom of the Orient. Dried Shiitake Extract is known of its anti-cancer, anti-oxidant and antiviral properties.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Homemade Rose Water Toner for Sensitive Skin

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Homemade Rose Water Toner for Sensitive Skin.

My Rose Water Facial Toner is amazing for Sensitive Skin, though it is gentle enough to be used on any skin type.This Toner does not contain harsh ingredients that may dry out your skin. It gently cleanses the skin while helping to restore the skins natural moisture and it's great for daily use.


Review - AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask For Normal to Dry Skin

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Review - AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask For Normal to Dry Skin
       Facial masks are a great way to clean, treat and condition the skin. I am a mask addict. But I have to admit, that I am not using many commercial facial masks right now as used to. I'd prefer the Homemade ones... But this one I've really enjoyed, so I am going to make a quick review to let you know what I liked and what I didn't.

       Let's take a close look at the ingredients. Ahava Purifying Mud Mask is a Clay based Mask, because Kaolin and Dead Sea Mud have second and third place in the List of Ingredients. Sea Salt is used as Scrubbing Element; Lactic Acid as Chemical Peeling, Aloe Leaf Extract, Jojoba Oil and Glycerin as Moisturizing Elements; Witch Hazel and Horsetail Extracts as Astringents, Chamomile Extract and Panthenol as Antiseptic and Anti-Oxidant. At the end of the List of Ingredients we can find Parabens, Silicon, Gel Agent and Thickener. And this mask is not free from Sodium Laureth Sulfate :-(... A little bit disappointing...

Friday, January 1, 2010

Blog Content

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AHAVA
  1. Review - AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask For Normal to Dry Skin

Blog Content
  1. Blog Content
  2. Skincare Recipes

Body Treatment
  1. DIY - Natural Homemade Massage Oil
  2. DIY Tutorial - Body Scrub
  3. Homemade Relaxing Bath Salts with Aromatic Essential Oils
  4. Lush Inspired - Homemade Each Peach (and Two's a Pair) Massage Bar - New !!
  5. Lush Inspired - Homemade Therapy Massage Bar

Cleanser

  1. Facial Cleansing Routine using Homemade Cleansers and Makeup Removers - Fall 2011
  2. Homemade Make Up Remover - Kukui Nut Cleansing Oil
  3. Lush Inspired - Homemade "Spot cleanse acne prone skin"

Coastal Scents

  1. DIY - A little Guide to modify a Mineral Foundation to your needs. - New !!
  2. Review - Coastal Scents Brushes: my thoughts
  3. Review - Coastal Scents Eye Shadow Brushes (The Pink Line)

DIY

  1. DIY - A little Guide to modify a Mineral Foundation to your needs. - New !!
  2. DIY - Choosing Oils for Natural Hair Care Products
  3. DIY - Homemade AVC Exfoliating Facial Toner
  4. DIY - Homemade Herbal Extracts: Alcohol Based Extracts
  5. DIY - Homemade Herbal Extracts: Oil Infusion/Maceration
  6. DIY - Homemade Natural Freshening Mouthwash
  7. DIY - Homemade Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) Extract and Oil Infusion
  8. DIY - Natural Homemade Massage Oil
  9. DIY Tutorial - Body Scrub
  10. DIY Tutorial - Pore Minimizing Toner
  11. Homemade Pomegranate Hydrating Toner
  12. Homemade Rose Water Toner for Sensitive Skin

EcoTools

  1. Review - EcoTools Brushes - part 1 - Singles
  2. Review - EcoTools Brushes - Beautiful Expressions Kabuki set (Limited Edition)
  3. Review - EcoTools Brushes - 5-Piece Mineral Brush Set

Everyday Minerals

  1. Favorite Mineral Makeup Products in 2011
  2. Минеральный хит-парад 2011

Extracts

  1. DIY - Homemade Herbal Extracts: Alcohol Based Extracts
  2. DIY - Homemade Herbal Extracts: Oil Infusion/Maceration
  3. DIY - Homemade Natural Freshening Mouthwash
  4. DIY - Homemade Rosemary Leaf Extract - New !!
  5. DIY - Homemade Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) Extract and Oil Infusion
  6. Homemade Pomegranate Peel Extract
  7. Homemade Rose Water Toner for Sensitive Skin
  8. Homemade Thyme Leaf, Rosemary Leaf and Licorice Root Extracts

Eye Treatment

  1. Homemade Anti-Wrinkle Cream
  2. Homemade Facial Serum with Exotic Oils Vitamin Enriched

FAQ

  1. Terms of Use

Face Moisturizer

  1. Homemade Antioxidant Hydrating Serum
  2. Homemade Facial Serum with Exotic Oils Vitamin Enriched
  3. Homemade Hydrating Facial Moisturizer with Kelp and Herbal Extracts - New !!
  4. Homemade Hydrating super Antioxidant Rosemary Serum Gel
  5. Homemade Intensive Hydrating Facial Mask with Seaweed Extracts - New !!
  6. Homemade Rosemary-Chamomile Facial Moisturizer

Face Treatment

  1. DIY - Homemade AVC Exfoliating Facial Toner
  2. DIY Tutorial - Pore Minimizing Toner
  3. Facial Cleansing Routine using Homemade Cleansers and Makeup Removers - Fall 2011
  4. Homemade Anti-Wrinkle Cream
  5. Homemade Antioxidant Hydrating Serum
  6. Homemade Facial Serum with Exotic Oils Vitamin Enriched
  7. Homemade Hydrating Facial Moisturizer with Kelp and Herbal Extracts - New !!
  8. Homemade Hydrating super Antioxidant Rosemary Serum Gel
  9. Homemade Intensive Hydrating Facial Mask with Seaweed Extracts - New !!
  10. Homemade Make Up Remover - Kukui Nut Cleansing Oil
  11. Homemade Pomegranate Hydrating Toner
  12. Homemade Rose Water Toner for Sensitive Skin
  13. Homemade Rosemary-Chamomile Facial Moisturizer
  14. Lush Inspired - Homemade "Spot cleanse acne prone skin"
  15. Lush Inspired - Homemade Cupcake Purifying Facial Mask with Rhassoul Clay
  16. Review - AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask For Normal to Dry Skin
  17. Tips - Facial Skin Care Essentials
  18. Tips - My Current Facial Skin Care Routine Summer 2010
  19. Tweaking a Cupcake Purifying Facial Mask - Lush Inspired

Facial Mask

  1. Facial Cleansing Routine using Homemade Cleansers and Makeup Removers - Fall 2011
  2. Homemade Intensive Hydrating Facial Mask with Seaweed Extracts - New !!
  3. Lush Inspired - Homemade Cupcake Purifying Facial Mask with Rhassoul Clay
  4. Review - AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask For Normal to Dry Skin
  5. Tweaking a Cupcake Purifying Facial Mask - Lush Inspired

Galia's Homemade

  1. Blog Content
  2. DIY - A little Guide to modify a Mineral Foundation to your needs. - New !!
  3. DIY - Choosing Oils for Natural Hair Care Products
  4. DIY - Homemade AVC Exfoliating Facial Toner
  5. DIY - Homemade Herbal Extracts: Alcohol Based Extracts
  6. DIY - Homemade Herbal Extracts: Oil Infusion/Maceration
  7. DIY - Homemade Natural Freshening Mouthwash
  8. DIY - Homemade Rosemary Leaf Extract - New !!
  9. DIY - Homemade Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) Extract and Oil Infusion
  10. DIY - Natural Homemade Massage Oil
  11. DIY Tutorial - Body Scrub
  12. DIY Tutorial - Pore Minimizing Toner
  13. Facial Cleansing Routine using Homemade Cleansers and Makeup Removers - Fall 2011
  14. Homemade Anti-Wrinkle Cream
  15. Homemade Antioxidant Hydrating Serum
  16. Homemade Brown Sugar Lip Scrub
  17. Homemade Facial Serum with Exotic Oils Vitamin Enriched
  18. Homemade Hydrating Facial Moisturizer with Kelp and Herbal Extracts - New !!
  19. Homemade Hydrating super Antioxidant Rosemary Serum Gel
  20. Homemade Intensive Hydrating Facial Mask with Seaweed Extracts - New !!
  21. Homemade Make Up Remover - Kukui Nut Cleansing Oil
  22. Homemade Minty Lip Balm "Miss Wild Rosie" - New !!
  23. Homemade Pomegranate Hydrating Toner
  24. Homemade Pomegranate Peel Extract
  25. Homemade Relaxing Bath Salts with Aromatic Essential Oils
  26. Homemade Rose Water Toner for Sensitive Skin
  27. Homemade Rosemary-Chamomile Facial Moisturizer
  28. Homemade Thyme Leaf, Rosemary Leaf and Licorice Root Extracts
  29. Lush Inspired - Homemade "Spot cleanse acne prone skin"
  30. Lush Inspired - Homemade Cupcake Purifying Facial Mask with Rhassoul Clay
  31. Lush Inspired - Homemade Each Peach (and Two's a Pair) Massage Bar - New !!
  32. Lush Inspired - Homemade Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter
  33. Lush Inspired - Homemade Therapy Massage Bar
  34. Lush Inspired - Homemade Whipstick Lip Balm - New !!
  35. Lush Inspired - Homemade Winter Lip Balm
  36. Natural Hair Care - Homemade Coconut-Babasu Hair Balsam
  37. Natural Hair Care - Winter Hair Balm "In the Primeval Forest"
  38. Skincare Recipes
  39. Terms of Use
  40. The Terminology of Skin Care Ingredients
  41. Tincture "In the Primeval Forest"
  42. Tips - Facial Skin Care Essentials
  43. Tips - My Current Facial Skin Care Routine Summer 2010
  44. Tweaking a Cupcake Purifying Facial Mask - Lush Inspired
  45. Welcome :)
  46. You SHOULD NOT EAT or DRINK these MIXTURES!!!
  47. ברוכים הבאים :)

Haircare

  1. DIY - Choosing Oils for Natural Hair Care Products
  2. Natural Hair Care - Homemade Coconut-Babasu Hair Balsam
  3. Natural Hair Care - Winter Hair Balm "In the Primeval Forest"

Hebrew

  1. ברוכים הבאים :)

Home SPA

  1. DIY - Natural Homemade Massage Oil
  2. DIY Tutorial - Body Scrub
  3. Homemade Intensive Hydrating Facial Mask with Seaweed Extracts - New !!
  4. Homemade Relaxing Bath Salts with Aromatic Essential Oils
  5. Lush Inspired - Homemade Cupcake Purifying Facial Mask with Rhassoul Clay
  6. Lush Inspired - Homemade Each Peach (and Two's a Pair) Massage Bar - New !!
  7. Lush Inspired - Homemade Therapy Massage Bar
  8. Review - AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask For Normal to Dry Skin
  9. Tweaking a Cupcake Purifying Facial Mask - Lush Inspired

Links

  1. Facial Aging Is More Than Skin Deep and others on ScienceDaily

Lip Treatment
  1. Facial Cleansing Routine using Homemade Cleansers and Makeup Removers - Fall 2011
  2. Homemade Brown Sugar Lip Scrub
  3. Homemade Minty Lip Balm "Miss Wild Rosie" - New !!
  4. Lush Inspired - Homemade Whipstick Lip Balm - New !!
  5. Lush Inspired - Homemade Winter Lip Balm

Lucyminerals
  1. DIY - A little Guide to modify a Mineral Foundation to your needs. - New !!
  2. Favorite Mineral Makeup Products in 2011
  3. Минеральный хит-парад 2011

Lumiere
  1. Favorite Mineral Makeup Products in 2011
  2. Минеральный хит-парад 2011

Lush Inspired
  1. Lush Inspired - Homemade "Spot cleanse acne prone skin"
  2. Lush Inspired - Homemade Cupcake Purifying Facial Mask with Rhassoul Clay
  3. Lush Inspired - Homemade Each Peach (and Two's a Pair) Massage Bar - New !!
  4. Lush Inspired - Homemade Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter
  5. Lush Inspired - Homemade Therapy Massage Bar
  6. Lush Inspired - Homemade Whipstick Lip Balm - New !!
  7. Lush Inspired - Homemade Winter Lip Balm
  8. Tweaking a Cupcake Purifying Facial Mask - Lush Inspired

Makeup
  1. DIY - A little Guide to modify a Mineral Foundation to your needs. - New !!
  2. Favorite Mineral Makeup Products in 2011
  3. Review - Coastal Scents Brushes: my thoughts
  4. Review - Coastal Scents Eye Shadow Brushes (The Pink Line)
  5. Review - EcoTools Brushes - part 1 - Singles

Makeup Brushes
  1. Review - Coastal Scents Brushes: my thoughts
  2. Review - Coastal Scents Eye Shadow Brushes (The Pink Line)
  3. Review - EcoTools Brushes - part 1 - Singles
  4. Review - EcoTools Brushes - Beautiful Expressions Kabuki set (Limited Edition)
  5. Review - EcoTools Brushes - 5-Piece Mineral Brush Set

Makeup Remover
  1. Facial Cleansing Routine using Homemade Cleansers and Makeup Removers - Fall 2011
  2. Homemade Make Up Remover - Kukui Nut Cleansing Oil

Makeup Tools
  1. Review - Coastal Scents Brushes: my thoughts
  2. Review - Coastal Scents Eye Shadow Brushes (The Pink Line)
  3. Review - EcoTools Brushes - part 1 - Singles
  4. Review - EcoTools Brushes - Beautiful Expressions Kabuki set (Limited Edition)
  5. Review - EcoTools Brushes - 5-Piece Mineral Brush Set

Massage
  1. DIY - Natural Homemade Massage Oil
  2. Lush Inspired - Homemade Each Peach (and Two's a Pair) Massage Bar - New !!
  3. Lush Inspired - Homemade Therapy Massage Bar

Mineral Makeup
  1. DIY - A little Guide to modify a Mineral Foundation to your needs. - New !!
  2. Favorite Mineral Makeup Products in 2011
  3. Минеральный хит-парад 2011
  4. DIY Mineral Make up - Tools and Ingredients

Nail Care
  1. Lush Inspired - Homemade Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

Oil Infusions
  1. DIY - Homemade Herbal Extracts: Oil Infusion/Maceration
  2. DIY - Homemade Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) Extract and Oil Infusion

Oral Remedies
  1. DIY - Homemade Natural Freshening Mouthwash

Review
  1. Facial Aging Is More Than Skin Deep and others on ScienceDaily
  2. Favorite Mineral Makeup Products in 2011
  3. Review - AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask For Normal to Dry Skin
  4. Review - Coastal Scents Brushes: my thoughts
  5. Review - Coastal Scents Eye Shadow Brushes (The Pink Line)
  6. Review - EcoTools Brushes - part 1 - Singles
  7. Минеральный хит-парад 2011
  8. Review - EcoTools Brushes - Beautiful Expressions Kabuki set (Limited Edition)
  9. Review - EcoTools Brushes - 5-Piece Mineral Brush Set

Russian
  1. Всем привет, хелло, шалом :)
  2. Минеральный хит-парад 2011
  3. Сделай сам - Кислотный Тоник домашнего производства - New !!
  4. Сделай сам - Супер-увлажняющая гелевая маска с экстрактами водорослей - New !!
  5. Сделай сам - Увлажняющий Серум-Гель для лица. - New !!

Serum
  1. Homemade Antioxidant Hydrating Serum
  2. Homemade Facial Serum with Exotic Oils Vitamin Enriched
  3. Homemade Hydrating super Antioxidant Rosemary Serum Gel

Skincare
  1. DIY - Homemade AVC Exfoliating Facial Toner
  2. DIY Tutorial - Pore Minimizing Toner
  3. Facial Aging Is More Than Skin Deep and others on ScienceDaily
  4. Facial Cleansing Routine using Homemade Cleansers and Makeup Removers - Fall 2011
  5. Homemade Anti-Wrinkle Cream
  6. Homemade Antioxidant Hydrating Serum
  7. Homemade Brown Sugar Lip Scrub
  8. Homemade Facial Serum with Exotic Oils Vitamin Enriched
  9. Homemade Hydrating Facial Moisturizer with Kelp and Herbal Extracts - New !!
  10. Homemade Hydrating super Antioxidant Rosemary Serum Gel
  11. Homemade Intensive Hydrating Facial Mask with Seaweed Extracts - New !!
  12. Homemade Make Up Remover - Kukui Nut Cleansing Oil
  13. Homemade Minty Lip Balm "Miss Wild Rosie" - New !!
  14. Homemade Pomegranate Hydrating Toner
  15. Homemade Relaxing Bath Salts with Aromatic Essential Oils
  16. Homemade Rose Water Toner for Sensitive Skin
  17. Homemade Rosemary-Chamomile Facial Moisturizer
  18. Lush Inspired - Homemade "Spot cleanse acne prone skin"
  19. Lush Inspired - Homemade Cupcake Purifying Facial Mask with Rhassoul Clay
  20. Lush Inspired - Homemade Each Peach (and Two's a Pair) Massage Bar - New !!
  21. Lush Inspired - Homemade Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter
  22. Lush Inspired - Homemade Therapy Massage Bar
  23. Lush Inspired - Homemade Whipstick Lip Balm - New !!
  24. Lush Inspired - Homemade Winter Lip Balm
  25. Natural Hair Care - Winter Hair Balm "In the Primeval Forest"
  26. Review - AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask For Normal to Dry Skin
  27. Tips - Facial Skin Care Essentials
  28. Tips - My Current Facial Skin Care Routine Summer 2010
  29. Tweaking a Cupcake Purifying Facial Mask - Lush Inspired

Skincare Ingredients
  1. DIY - Choosing Oils for Natural Hair Care Products
  2. DIY - Homemade Herbal Extracts: Alcohol Based Extracts
  3. DIY - Homemade Herbal Extracts: Oil Infusion/Maceration
  4. DIY - Homemade Rosemary Leaf Extract - New !!
  5. DIY - Homemade Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) Extract and Oil Infusion
  6. DIY Tutorial - Body Scrub
  7. DIY Tutorial - Pore Minimizing Toner
  8. Homemade Pomegranate Hydrating Toner
  9. Homemade Pomegranate Peel Extract
  10. Homemade Thyme Leaf, Rosemary Leaf and Licorice Root Extracts
  11. The Terminology of Skin Care Ingredients
  12. Tincture "In the Primeval Forest"
  13. You SHOULD NOT EAT or DRINK these MIXTURES!!!

Skincare Routine
  1. Facial Cleansing Routine using Homemade Cleansers and Makeup Removers - Fall 2011
  2. Tips - Facial Skin Care Essentials
  3. Tips - My Current Facial Skin Care Routine Summer 2010

Sweetscents
  1. DIY - A little Guide to modify a Mineral Foundation to your needs. - New !!
  2. Favorite Mineral Makeup Products in 2011
  3. Минеральный хит-парад 2011

The All Natural Face
  1. DIY - A little Guide to modify a Mineral Foundation to your needs. - New !!
  2. Favorite Mineral Makeup Products in 2011
  3. Минеральный хит-парад 2011

Tincture
  1. Tincture "In the Primeval Forest"

Tips
  1. Facial Cleansing Routine using Homemade Cleansers and Makeup Removers - Fall 2011
  2. Tips - Facial Skin Care Essentials
  3. Tips - My Current Facial Skin Care Routine Summer 2010

Toner
  1. DIY - Homemade AVC Exfoliating Facial Toner
  2. DIY Tutorial - Pore Minimizing Toner
  3. Homemade Pomegranate Hydrating Toner
  4. Homemade Rose Water Toner for Sensitive Skin

Welcome
  1. Welcome :)
  2. Всем привет, хелло, шалом :)
  3. ברוכים הבאים :)

Минеральная косметика
  1. Минеральный хит-парад 2011

Уход за лицом
  1. Сделай сам - Кислотный Тоник домашнего производства - New !!
  2. Сделай сам - Супер-увлажняющая гелевая маска с экстрактами водорослей - New !!
  3. Сделай сам - Увлажняющий Серум-Гель для лица. - New !!

Skincare Recipes

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These products use very concentrated ingredients and should be used only for external skin use. If you have sensitive skin try these mixtures on a small part of your skin. It is always best to test!!!...

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