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Powder Based Cosmetics
This post is part seven of my nine-part series. I decided I am going to post some of the posts to the Diamond level exclusive. Making it now a nine-part series. As the title suggests, we are going to be talking about powder cosmetics. Powder products are relatively simple to make. There will also be a recipe at the end. (It is one of my favorites!)
These are the types of powder cosmetics. In terms of cosmetics as a whole, there is a lot of them.
Powders are generally a mixture of several different ingredients that contribute to the powders' unique formula. Dry Shampoos typically have lots of moisture absorbers to get rid of grease. The con is that it makes the hair look unnaturally matte. So the oil can be added (which may defeat the purpose) or color with some light-reflecting properties to give some shine. Like any product, there are lots of trial and error. Notably, in cosmetics, wear tests come into play. This allows a person to figure out how long it will last on someone. I would recommend having a couple of people try it after; you are happy with the formula and the wear time on you. Now let's talk about the properties.
Categories of powders
There are many categories that powders can fall into. Some types are used more for makeup, and others are more for skincare. So, I will explain the functions of the cosmetic ingredients.
There is the list of the different functions a certain powder can have. With that, we are going to talk about the way you can use certain ingredients to create innovative products for your friends and family or your customers.
Innovative was to use powders:
One of the ways is to create powder to foam cleansers. (more on this later :)) It is a different delivery of the surfactant instead of the typical liquid.
The other way is to make a powdered mask with the inclusion of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is stable when it is not exposed to water and direct sunlight. The mask will be made and then after the 20 minutes be wash off. So the inclusion of preservatives is not needed and the L-ascorbic acid (which is much more effective and cheaper) without the question of stability.
Equipment & Safety
For the most part, a coffee grinder will be needed to mix up powders. Most of them are around $20. It is essential if you want to make any matte eyeshadows.
Any powder you use to make sure to have a dust mask on. ESPECIALLY WITH SURFACTANTS! :) If your lungs feel like they are on fire form the surfactant, then stop what you are doing and get some fresh air.
Never submerge your coffee grinder into water.
To clean out the grinder, add around 1/2 a cup of rice. You may need to do this a couple of times
I also recommend getting a medium-sized makeup brush form the dollar store. It will help for wiping out powders.
Let's Get Making
Now the fun part, the recipe. This is a super easy recipe to make and is very useful. I have noticed that when I use it consistently, my skin clears up. It is very cleansing so, I recommend following up with a moisturizer. The surfactant works like any other surfactant. It cleans all the dirt, oil and makeup and is easily washed away with water.
The SCI is an excellent natural surfactant that is coconut derived. The Kaolin clay offers oil absorption. And the Charcoal is detoxifying. Because there are no oils and no water, there is no need for antioxidants or a preservative. This project will get messy, so cover your work surface with paper towels. Grab your gloves, coffee grinder, and your dust mask, and let's get started.
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