Monday, November 26, 2007

Prototype Vitamin Bar

I have finished creating my prototype vitamin bar. Several people had asked about testing it, so I decided to take my original recipe and add some more ingredients to boost it up.

Originally I had been making a pure vitamin bar--plain facial bar with vitamins A, C, D, E, B complex, and niacin added. I noticed it was making my skin smooth and clarified, even after the first use!

After some requests though, I decided to add more ingredients specifically for clearing up acne and balancing troubled skin.

The finished bar contains:

Lemongrass Essential Oil--antiseptic properties will clear infections, tones skin by tightening and closing pores, and helps to control excessive oil secretions. It also has a pleasingly sweet aroma(reminscent of lemon) which can have a calming effect to help relieve nervous tension and stress.

Geranium Essential Oil--used medicinally, particularly in aromatherapy, used for hormonal imbalance, for this reason geranium is often considered to be "female" oil. This ingredient was added because it is known that skin problems can be caused primarily by hormonal imbalances--puberty, PMS, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause particularly, as well as daily stress, are contributed to hormonal imbalance.

Neem Oil--is a vegetable oil pressed from the fruits and seeds of Neem (Azadirachta indica), an evergreen tree which is endemic to the Indian sub-continent and has been introduced to many other areas in the tropics. It is perhaps the most important of the commercially available products of Neem. The seeds, bark and leaves contain compounds with proven antiseptic, antiviral, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antifungal uses.

Aloe Vera Oil--Aloe vera has been used externally to treat various skin conditions such as cuts, burns and eczema. It is alleged that sap from Aloe vera eases pain and reduces inflammation. It is proven to be an excellent moisturizer in cosmetics.

Vitamin A--is often called the “skin normalizer” or “rejuvenating agent”. The primary benefit of vitamin A is its ability to normalize keratinization(horny layers) by regulating skin cell growth and differentiation. This results in
decreased roughness and decreased facial wrinkling.

Vitamin C--reduces redness, especially for those with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and also excessive sun exposure. In addition, vitamin C has been
found to stimulate collagen synthesis and to reduce dark pigmentation of the skin (i.e. age spots). Therefore, vitamin C is also considered an anti-aging ingredient.

Vitamin D--Vitamin D is produced photochemically in the skin, and helps develop the presence and concentration of melanin, and important light filter in the skin.

Vitmain E--Because of its ability to quench free radicals the term “protector” has been used to describe the actions of vitamin E. Studies have shown that vitamin E reduces UV-induced erythema, edema, sunburn cell formation, and lipid peroxidation.
Clinical improvement in the visible signs of skin aging has been documented with
significant decrease in both skin wrinkling. This may be also be due to the excellent moisturizing effect of vitamin E.

B Complex(B1, B2, B3)--has been used for years in hair care products because it functions as a humectant that increases the water content of hair and improves its elasticity. B Complex can also attract water into the upper layer of the skin and is thus effective as a moisturizer and softener. It also enhances the regeneration of skin.

Niacin--a form of vitamin B3, has been shown to have antiinflammatory properties that result in improvement of acne.

Other all natural inactive ingredients: Coconut Oil and Vegetable Oil(saponified), Glycerin(kosher, of vegetable origin), Purified Water, Sorbitol (from berries, moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Soybean protein (conditioner), Titanium Dioxide (mineral whitener used in opaque soaps).

Overall, in theory, this bar should help maintain healthy skin, promote balance and clarity, as well as control acne and breakouts. This product is intended for those with mild to moderate skin problems. For moderate to severe problems, I can offer other products.

I made this soap in a one pound batch using my sample size tray mold. It yielded 15 bars, 1.5 ounces each. I already promised one person two bars, plus I am using one for myself. I have 12 bars left. Generally one bar will last a good two weeks or so, depending on how much and how often you use it.

I am offering my testers 50% off of the retail price, plus a 10% discount if you wish to purchase a full sized finished product. This cost will cover supplies and labor.

Retail price for these samples would be $1.50 apiece, but as a tester you will be offered it at .75 cents plus $1.25 for postage(.25 cents more per extra bar added).

I reccomend doing a trial of 30 days to get the full effects of using a new product. Results can be seen in weekly increments, but full effects will not be known until after a period of 30 days. Please let me know how long you can commit to this trial.

I will be setting up a survey to be taken during the course of the trial, I would appreciate it if all testers can commit to the survey to better help me in creating future products.

You may leave comments here, PM me on HC forums, or email me at for any details.

Thank you for your participation!

Sunday, November 25, 2007


I have been struggling with acne problems since I was only 11 years old. I am 22 now, so that is exactly 11 years. Puberty, PMS, pregnancy, and breastfeeding have all had their toll on my skin. Fluctuating hormones cause intense breakouts for me. I have several scars on my face that make-up can not even cover up.

I have had to try several different medications and products to try and control my acne. I have had success with some, but more times than anything, no results whatsoever or worse acne than I started with. I have taken anti-biotics, birth control, retin a, and other presribed drugs, as well as OTC astringents, lotions, creams, gels, washes, soaps, etc.

Recently, in the past few years, I have started to lead a more natural lifestyle. I have noticed that the more natural a product is, the better the results are(this goes for anything, from household cleansers to hygiene products). I also began making my own bath & beauty products around the same time. I decided to expiriment with different natural ingredients to clear my skin. Every time, the results have been fantastic! It is unbelievable how nature can be so perfect and have the very cure we are looking for.

That is why I am here now for you. To help you better understand your skin and share the knowledge I have learned from my journey through skincare.

Let's begin with the basics.


Acne is an inflammatory disease of the skin, caused by changes in the pilosebaceous units (skin structures consisting of a hair follicle and its associated sebaceous gland).

Acne develops as a result of blockages in follicles. Hyperkeratinization and formation of a plug of keratin and sebum (a microcomedo) is the earliest change. Enlargement of sebaceous glands and an increase in sebum production occur with increased androgen (DHEA-S) production at adrenarche. The microcomedo may enlarge to form an open comedo (blackhead) or closed comedo (whitehead). In these conditions the naturally occurring largely commensual bacteria Propionibacterium acnes can cause inflammation, leading to inflammatory lesions (papules, infected pustules, or nodules) in the dermis around the microcomedo or comedo, which results in redness and and may result in scarring or hyperpigmentation.



-Stress(increases levels of hormones)
-Poor Diet(i.e. one that is high in processed/refined foods, carbohydrates, refined sugars, caffeine, etc.)
-Lower levels of vitamins A & E
-Dead skin cells
-Over medication/irritation to the skin


-Lower levels of stress(practice relaxtion techniques)
-Good Diet
-Plenty of Water(minimum of eight 8 ounce glasses per day)
-Balanced skincare


Balanced skincare is a skin regime or routine that you will follow every day that does not irritate or over medicate your skin. Using harsh chemmicals and washing your skin often with a rough wash cloth or scrubby will not clear up or prevent acne, it will actually make it worse.

Inorder to take charge of your skin, you need to find what routine and products are best for you. I have found that washing my face twice daily helps greatly. I only use a gently exfoliating wash cloth, such as a micro fine terry cloth towel, to exfoliate and remove make-up. I use my own natural products to cleanse, clarify, restore, and prevent breakouts. Occasionally I will follow up with a tonic, but always add a light oil free moisturizer. For breakouts and troublesome areas, I will dab on tea tree oil or a tea tree oil blend.

Your individual routine will vary. I reccomend beginning with twice daily washing followed by a tonic, oil free moisturizer, and topical treatment when needed. You may eliminate the morning washing if you find it irritating or drying to your skin. It is essential to wash your face at least once a day though, especially if you wear make-up. Acne is caused by plugged pores, and by keeping your make-up on all night, you are not allowing your skin to breathe, thus causing acne. Remove make-up with plain soap and water--never use any commercial products. Also, use a tonic that is suited for your skin type, as well as an oil free moisturizer(to prevent clogging your pores), and topical treatment if needed. Generally, this routine works for most people.


There are four basic skin types:

Oily--excessive amounts of oil are produced by the skin, creating a "glow" or "slick" look and feel

Dry--dry, patchy areas of skin that are hard to keep moisturized

Combination--a combination of dry and oily skin.

Sensitive--skin that is easily irritated, particularly by OTC products and harsh essential oils.


I currently make the following products for facial care:

Simple Clarifying Complexion Bar--gentle organic oils are combined with the powerful acne fighting tea tree and neem oils. Reccomended for moderate to severe acne, oily skin, not reccomended for those with sensitive skin.

Soothing Rose Water Tonic--a blend of rose hydrosol, aloe vera, vegetable glycerin, and witch hazel to soothe and restore skin. Suitable for all skin types.

Calming Chamomile Soap--organic oils are mixed with real chamomile tea and leaves, excellent for those with sensitive skin.

New! v i t a m i n s Facial Bar--a blend of natural oils, vitamins A, C, D, E, and B complex, neem oil, lemongrass oil, and geranium oil. Provided balance and clarity. Currently in the works.

I also offer upon request pure Tea Tree Oil and Neem Oil(or a combination), in 8 ounce bottles only.


My products are labeled as to what skin type it is good for. Generally though, skincare is a trial and error process. I do promise though, to find the right product for YOU.