Sunday, March 8, 2015

Assembly Line

Can't tell you what I kick I get out of making skin care:

Those three iron nails (in the background) are 125 years old. When we did the third-floor reno, we found them in the walls.
  • Neroli eye balm. This stuff is NICE. (Neroli hydrosol, apricot kernel oil, rosehip seed oil, emulsifing wax, vitamin E oil, carrot seed EO, lavender EO, ylang ylang EO, Germall Plus preservative)
  • Grapefruit/Rosewood body oil
  • Face Serum A
 It's so easy to give this stuff away!

I now make my own body oil, eye balm, face serum, hand cream, lip balm, arnica salve and calendula salve.

How much would I spend on that if I bought it? Just so happens I can tell you:
  • Body Oil (Weleda) - $25
  • Eye balm (L'Occitane) - $70 
  • Face Serum (various) - @$70
  • Hand Cream (various) - $20
  • Lip Balm (Korres) - $15
  • Arnica Salve (Thompson's) - $15
  • Calendula Salve (Thompson's) - $15
Costs a fraction of this to make your own product and it's fun!

(Next up: Roll-on oil perfume, solid perfume and handmade deodorant.)


  1. Hmmm, another possible activity for retirement. I loved the lip balm you made and I can see that it would be great to give as a gift as well.. .

    1. Exactly! You've got to start making the skin care products. You can use botanicals from your garden!

  2. Putting this on my list for retirement, too!

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    1. Thanks Evie! Not hard to do - once you source all the materials.