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    Default Purchasing chemicals to mix up own skincare

    Does anyone know anything about this?

    Stuff like: Can one do it? Is it legal? Are there companies which cater for individuals, or do you have to buy industrial quantities? Can you get hold of more 'esoteric' things like all the complicated preservatives, as well as more 'mainstream' stuff like glycerin? Is there anywhere you can send commercial products to be analysed, to find out the quantities of ingredients involved, so you've got a base to work from? Do you need any special equipment? Are you going to draw suspicion from authorities if you start doing this ?

    Thanks.

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    Hi Alex,


    In the past I have heard about skinactives a website that I believe allows you to purchase and mix your own products but not entirely sure as I have never checked it out. I don't have time now to do so but if you were interested thought I would mention it.

    Melissa

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    Here is the website if you are interested:

    http://www.skinactives.com/

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    Thanks Melissa.

    Seems like that will be a good place for active ingredients. They don't appear to do your 'base' chemicals though, to make the bulk of a cleanser/moisturizer etc.

    Anyway, good start.

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    It does have creams that they call base creams, as to whether they are suitable for rosaceans. Artist used to make up a batch of hyaluronic acid as her base and then add stuff to it. You need to be careful not to make up too much as probably wont add in any preservatives.

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    Mmm. Its the 'base' that I'd like to do myself.

    I'm finding some places now (e.g. http://www.aromantic.co.uk/index.htm). I wonder if the stuff comes in different grades of quality.

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    I have purchased actives from skinactives before. I use 99% pure aloe as my "base" but this mainly works for the water soluble actives. Some rosaceans swear by their sea kelp bioferment as a base as well. I tried this but unfortunately it seemed to "feed" my seb derm but based on the feedback at their forum I am very much in the minority on this.

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    Skinactives also sells two different preservatives.

    They have two base creams, and the seakelp. I love the kelp, but I don't use it as a base for anything because my skin tends to be dry, and too much kelp makes a film. I don't think the oilier-skinned people have the 'film' problem.

    I used to want to do my own base, but I lack the chemistry knowledge, and the desire to work that hard.

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