A purified clay derived from volcanic ash sediments found in the USA, which can be added to soaps and creams to impart a lovely silky feel. It can also be applied as a skin or face mask to draw impurities and toxins from the deeper layers of the facial dermis. Cleansing and invigorating.
COSMETIC RAW MATERIALS
Star Child offers an extensive range of base products for the creative kitchen alchemist, who likes to make her own potions and lotions from scratch. We carry pure vegetable oils, infused oils, vegetable 'butters', waxes, flower waters and clays, as well as a wide range of essential oils - all you need to make your own range of natural cosmetics.
Making your own cosmetics, lotions and creams is not just great fun, but also allows you to choose exactly what you want to put on your skin. Thus you can leave out the preservatives, which are a standard addition to all ready-made cosmetics. Keep in mind though, that preparations without preservatives won't keep as long. For best results make small batches, use darkened bottles and store them in a cool, dark place.
The basic process of blending your own creams and lotions involves combining a watery element with a fatty base by means of an emulsifying agent, which gives them a creamy consistency. Each type of oil has its own properties and is suited to a particular types of skin and blending processes. You can also make your own soaps, which can be an endlessly creative pursuit and one that your friends and family will greatly appreciate. A good book on homemade cosmetics should cover the properties of all the different base ingredients in detail, as well as provide clear instructions, measurements and some yummy recipes to get you started.