Hello GirlMoguls! Since the last time we’ve talked, I’ve moved on in my skin care experiments…
Last week, my Grandma ordered this kit from girlmogul.com. It’s called the Spa Science Kit. It comes with all these great ingredients for me to make things with, and best of all I don’t have to go hunting around my house for something like lavender oil! Basically, the idea of the kit is to make spa products at home. It includes directions to make everything from bath fizz to face masks. The kit comes with ingredients like essential oils, sea salt dried roses, and baking soda. Also, there’s no need to set some crazy laboratory in your bedroom (like me!). The Spa Science package even comes with tools, such as pipettes, a muslin bag, and a test tube.
After reading the instructions over, I tried to decide what I should tackle first. Fragrances or bath fizz? Oatmeal banana foot scrub or strawberry salt scrub? I decided to start from the very beginning, like the booklet recommends: test out which fragrances suit you, and which do not. So, I jumped in the tub! You are supposed to sit in the tub, and put a few drops of an essential oil in the test tube, and then smell it. Afterwards, you rinse the test tube in the water, allowing the oil to sink into your bath, and then put different oil in the test tube. The booklet has a rating system for each of the oils, on order to determine which one you like best. My favorite was the lavender essential oil, because it was really relaxing. It wasn’t too strong; instead, it just made me feel calm. I also learned a few facts…did you know that humans can distinguish from over 10,000 odors? I thought that was something really interesting to include in an instruction manual.
My next project was moving on to the oatmeal banana foot scrub. I really thought it sounded funny, but the booklet said that the bananas help moisturize the skin and make your feet softer. Remember how I read that article about the properties of things like spinach and apples from my last post? It said apples had a similar property, so I thought to give this oatmeal banana concoction a try. I did, and it did work. The oatmeal in the scrub exfoliated my feet, while the banana made it soft. Plus, my feet smelled delicious afterwards! My next project is the strawberry salt scrub. Wish me luck!
I really enjoyed toying around with the science of spa products, and I hope you give it a try too! If you want to get this kit, here’s the link: Spa Science Kit from GirlMogul.com.
Hello GirlMoguls! It’s Poppy here, with a breakthrough in my face cream project! I always find it interesting when science combines with a field like food or skin care to make something really cool and new. As you know, my dad helped me set up a mini-lab in the house so I could work on my projects. I tried to make a face cream using seaweed at first, but the smell was just gross. My grandmother then gave me the nectar from an agave plant, which blended well with my cream but is very hard to find. I just did not want to give up. I only tried two ingredients. There had to have been something I could find that could help me make a refreshing, nice smelling cream for me and my friends, right?
Well, even though science is my absolute favorite subject, I looked into reading about ingredients like seaweed. I was hoping to find a new ingredient to use that I could easily get without bothering my mom (she’s been busy with the restaurants). Fortunately, my dad stumbled upon an article by The New York Times that talked about regular fruits and vegetables being good for your face and body. The article talks about how ingredients like spinach and apples can be great for your skin. I was so surprised! I never knew something that I eat every day, like apples, could benefit my outside just like my insides. Here is the article my dad and I read about spinach.
Apparently, spinach has these things called antioxidants. My grandmother told me antioxidants cancel out bad effects of molecules in the environment called “free radicals” which harm the skin. That means that when antioxidants are used on skin, they help keep it healthy and full of oxygen. I hate eating my spinach, but I wouldn’t mind putting spinach extract on my face! The writer of the article says “it takes 55 pounds of spinach to create one pound of extract.” But, I don’t need a whole pound of extract. I just need a little bit to use in my skin care product.
Apples, on the other hand, have a great taste. They’re so sweet and refreshing, I like to eat one every day at lunch. I never thought to put part of the apple on my face – science can be so cool sometimes. The article talked about how apple-seed oil keeps skin really soft and bright. I’m going to try to figure out how to extract that oil so I can put in my face lotion. The last step will be to put some sparkles in the cream. I know it will be my favorite part.
I’m going to try out my new discoveries, and hopefully I will report to you soon about my brand new creams. I want them smell sweet, have good ingredients, and shine with a little sparkle. I promise I won’t give up till I find a formula! Help me name my skincare line – post your suggestions below.