Using your masterclass ingredients to make more!

I couldn’t wait until the Masterclass official starts (tomorrow) and had to have a play with the ingredients this weekend. I knew there were more products to make than just the face cream, so to complete your skin care regime, here are a gentle bi-phase cleanser, a 2-in-1 micellar water, and a hydrating serum. I’ve used them last night and this morning and they’re truly divine! My skin feels so nice! I just need the botanical cream now to got with it. And it’s starting tomorrow! Isn’t that exciting!

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For the bi-phase cleanser, all you need is salt (non-iodised sea salt).

For the hydrating serum, you will need guar gum or xantham gum, which you can find at some supermarkets and health stores, otherwise you’ll find it at the same supplier where you bought your other ingredients from (like Pure Nature in NZ).

For the micellar water, you will need a surfactant. The one I’m using is capric/caprylic glucoside, but you can also use coco-glucoside, or cocamidopropyl betaine.

Please note I’ve used Microcare DB as preservative here. You can also use other preservative systems. If you are using Geogard Ultra (my personal favourite preservative due to its mildness and additional moisturising properties), you will have to warm up a small portion of distilled water or hydrosol and add the preservative to this and stir until dissolved.

From left to right: Hydrating serum, micellar water, bi-phase cleanser.

Bi-phase cleanser

These type of cleansers have two parts (phases): and oil phase and a water phase, but no surfactants. They are very gentle and non-drying to your skin, and great for all skin types, especially sensitive and dry skins.

To use, shake well to mix the phases and then apply to a cotton pad and wipe over face. This kind of cleanser also works as a light make-up remover.


Makes 100 grams

ANeroli hydrosolFoundation4343
APapaya glycerite or extractBotanical extract55
ANon-iodised saltAdditive11
AMicrocare DBPreservative11
BSweet almond oilFoundation44.544.5
BSea buckthorn extract or oilBotanical extract55
BSweet orange essential oilAromaceutical0.50.5


  1. Mix all ingredients of stage A together and stir until all the salt has been dissolved. The salt is added to help keep the phase separate.
  2. Mix all the ingredients of stage B together in a seperate beaker.
  3. Add both stages to a bottle, seal and label.

Micellar water

Micellar waters are great cleansers due to the small amount of surfactant added to it, which helps to remove both oil-soluble and water-soluble dirt and grime from your skin effectively. They are also multi-functional, and can be used as both cleanser and toner in one.

To use, just apply to a cotton pad and wipe over face. There is no need to rinse your face or use a toner afterwards.


Makes 100 g

ANeroli hydrosolFoundation5050
ADistilled waterFoundation37.537.5
APapaya glycerite or extractBotanical extract
BCapric/caprylic glucosideSurfactant
BSea buckthorn extract or oilBotanical extract11
BSweet orange essential oilAromaceutical0.50.5
CMicrocare DBPreservative11


  1. Add the ingredients of stage A to a beaker and stir.
  2. Add the ingredients of stage B to another beaker and stir.
  3. Add the contents of stage B to the contents of stage A and stir well.
  4. Add the preservative and stir.
  5. Add to bottle, seal and label.
Testing the pH

PS I have to confess something here. I’ve been using tangerine essential oil from Pure Nature, instead of sweet orange essential oil, because I just can’t get enough of the tangerine, since I discovered it earlier this year. It smells sooooo deliciously fruity! I mean, it’s exactly how I imagine 🍊oranges/manderines/tangerines 🍊should smell/taste like in heaven. So yeah, I’ve been secretly adding tangerine essential oil, every time it says orange… 🙈 (I have also discovered emojis….😬)

Hydrating serum

This is a hydrous, water-based serum. I got the idea from Formula Botanica with their Hydrating Rose Serum using hyaluronic acid. If you want, you can add 0.2% hyaluronic acid to this formula as well to make it even more intensive hydrating.

To use, apply a few drops to face and massage it into the skin. Use after cleansing and before moisturising.


Makes 10 grams. (This is why a jewellery scale is very useful!)

ANeroli hydrosolFoundation88.58.85
BPapaya glycerite or extractBotanical extract
BGuar or xantham gumGelling agent0.50.05
CMicrocare DBPreservative10.1


  1. Add the hydrosol to a beaker
  2. Add the papaya glycerite or extract to another beaker.
  3. Add the gum to the glycerite or extract and stir to a slurry.
  4. Add the hydrosol to the glycerite/gum slurry and mix until it has dissolved.
  5. Stir in the preservative.
  6. Add to bottle, seal and label.


If you are using the bi-phase cleanser, and you feel you need a toner, here’s a bonus formulation, that needs no extra ingredients.


Makes 100 g

ANeroli hydrosolFoundation5050
ADistilled waterFoundation4444
BPapaya glycerite or extractBotanical extract
CMicrocare DBPreservative11


  1. Mix all ingredients together into a bottle. Seal and label.

That’s it! Easy peasy. Simple toners are the easiest formulations to make, and are so good for your skin!

I hope you enjoyed these extra skin care products. I wanted to show you how easy it is to make your own skin care range and you don’t really need a lot of different ingredients. It’s fun to make them and it’s all completely natural!

The Masterclass includes 9 free video tutorials, free 30-page workbook, and a free live webinar.

So again, if you haven’t yet signed up for the FREE Masterclass, do so now! The first video class starts tomorrow and runs for 9 days, during which we’ll make a beautiful botanical face cream using the same ingredients I used in the above products. And you’ll see how easy it is! I’ll be doing the classes each day as well, and I’ll keep you updated with my progress here. Keep a lookout for tomorrow’s post.

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