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Hello formulating friends!!πŸ€—

From plantπŸ€ to skin, isn’t that what making natural skincare is all about?
But how can we use these flowers,🌺 roots, leaves🌿 or stems to make let’s say a cream or a cleanser?
Well, many plants have various benefits for not only our insides, but for our outsides as well.

Different compounds or properties are found in each plant, such as proteins, tannins, antioxidants, flavonoids, volatile oils and much more. The idea is for us to extract as many of these as we can, to get as much of the plants goodness as possible with simple, traditional methods. Once extracted by various methods, we can use them as important botanical ingredients to make our own effective and unique skincare products.🧼

Two main things to know before you choose your extraction method and solvant.♻️

πŸ€Is your plant water soluble or oil soluble

πŸ€Which solvant will best extract the properties you want from the plant

So, each flower, root, or leaf of a plant has its’ own special properties and benefits.
🌸Oil soluble Calendula for example, is well known to help calm sensitive skin, soothe rashes and calm inflammations.😌
🌹Rose petals are filled with antioxidants. Both rose oil and rose water contain vitamin A and C, which can help with aging skin.

Some herbs have both water and oil soluble compounds. So for example you can extract by water (infusions) or oil (macerates) the beautiful properties of rose petals collected in your garden. Each extract will contain specific chemicals of the plant, so you can use both the water & oil extract in one cream or cleanser to make a more potent product containing all compounds of that plant.πŸ€πŸŒΏπŸŒΊ

Some simple extraction methods of palnt matter are:

Infusing plant in boiled water for a few minutes

Decoction, for harder roots, boiling in water for about 15 minutes

Macerating, leaving plant in oil that is warmed by heat or sun to gently extract their properties

Tinctures, leaving in alcohol for a strong extract

Glycerites, leave water soluble matter in glycerine

Here are some other extraction methods you can use to get your herbs into your skincare, which include distilling, (floral waters or essential oils and C02 extracts), but these are more complex and harder to do for the average DIY skincare creator.😌

Drying your herbs first is a great way to store them for longer periods and them use them as needed in the extraction method that is best.Once your plant matter is left for the proper time frame in your solvent of choice, strain it and then store in labeled jars.

How to use these extracts to make skincare?πŸ€”
🌿in glycerites, tinctures or infusions use in the water phase
🌿in macerates use in the oil phase
🌿heat sensitive extracts should be used in cool down phase

Some examples of products you can then make:
πŸ€Balms or body butters with oil macerates
πŸ€Healing salves with macerates that can contain several plants like arnica or comfry
πŸ€Emulsions with infusions and glycerites
πŸ€Toners with water soluble extracts
πŸ€Massage oils with calming herbs
πŸ€Soothing gels to wash with
πŸ€Shampoos or soaps with water or oil extracts and tinctures
πŸ€Hair serums for specific scalp issues

What I am extracting this moment in my lab:

This week I am into chickweed, which I used by making a water decoction with lavender , nettle and chickweed as well as an oil macerate with chikweed and tumeric to make a cleansing bar for skin that is eczema prone.

I also made a healing oil for my sore hand with oil macerated with daisy, rosemary, arnica, lavender and several essential oils.

What plant will you use to make your own extractions, and what will you make with them?? Please share your plans with us !! We would love to see!!

Have a lovely day!!

La Formulatrice

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