SEA Has A Blog! DIY Skincare Just Became Even Easier.

By now you probably know that SkinEssentialActives is the site from which I buy the majority of my DIY skincare ingredients because the service and quality of ingredients are excellent.

Well, Natasha, the owner of SEA, has started her own blog, and I’m thoroughly addicted. What can I say? She’s a genius.  There’s nothing she doesn’t know about putting together serums, peels, moisturisers and a host of other skincare.

The SEA blog contains tutorials and really useful information for DIY skincare makers, and everything is set out with clear photos and instructions.

I was fed up with my dry skin last night, so after I finished writing for the day I made an antioxidant moisturiser based on the base lotion/ creme recipe Natasha demonstrated on her blog. Instead of the B5 used in the recipe, I added CoQ10 and Grapeseed Extract, and my skin loves it!

If you’re into DIY Skincare, I strongly encourage you to have a look. I’ve found the batch size calculator super handy for converting percentages to grams quickly, and the information on acids and pH is really useful too.

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20 Responses to SEA Has A Blog! DIY Skincare Just Became Even Easier.

  1. Dee says:


    Okay, this year I will stop being lazy and make something.

  2. Dempeaux says:

    @Dee YAAAYYYY!!! DIY forever! 😉

  3. ki. says:

    I second Dee. I keep planning to and then just don’t. This is the year I make my own skincare!

  4. Dempeaux says:

    @Ki Yay! Go for it! You won’t regret it 🙂

  5. Meeta says:

    Thanks for the heads up! Excited to see what SEA posts!

  6. Dempeaux says:

    @Meeta No problem! I am too! 🙂

  7. Jo says:

    Hi Sarah could you make this without the HA. How much Cq10 and Grapeseed Extract
    did you add? Looks great another success.

  8. Dempeaux says:

    @Jo I would probably make it with the HA because it feels really luxurious and helps hydrate the skin effectively, but you could always try it without and see how it goes? Perhaps sub in some sclerotium gum instead? If you sub in just water the result might be a bit runny. I subbed out the B5 (3%) and replaced it with CoQ10 (1%) and Grape Seed Extract (2%). The moisturiser is a caramel colour (LOL) but is SO BEAUTIFUL!! My skin loves it. To convert percentages to grams, use the batch size calculator that I mentioned in the post 🙂 xx

  9. Jo says:

    Thanks Sarah.I made the Idebonene one without the HA and it is so good.I will
    definitely reorder some things.Thanks so much for the extra information.

  10. Dempeaux says:

    @Jo That’s great! It’s good to know that you can throw in other things besides HA. You’re such a pro! 🙂

  11. Oo I just gave it a quick look. Doesn’t she want you to write for them? She should you’d be perfect!

  12. Dempeaux says:

    @Style Awww thankyou! But I’m sure she’s got it all sorted out 😉

  13. Denise says:

    Hi dempeaux I just found your blog from a link in the the DIY forum in sct. The sunscreen tutorial is great! I have also found the skin essentials blog so I have a lot of reading and learning to d. I have made three sunscreens so far all have been a bit different but good and vastly superior in my opinion to the ready made ones. Cheers denise

  14. Dempeaux says:

    @Denise Thanks for dropping by! I’m looking forward to experimenting with sunscreens too! Have you made one with ALA yet? That’s next on my list. I find it’s such a good way to layer antioxidants and actives! I agree – they’re so much better than the store-bought ones. I look forward to your continuing sunscreen journey. And yes, I love the SEA blog too! 🙂

  15. Ali says:

    Thanks for letting us know! From your recommendation I’ve been reading the skincaretalk DIY forum, it’s so great! I’ve made a B3/NAG/HA serum, and the KinNiaNAG lotion, which I agree is amazing. Love your blog 🙂

  16. Dempeaux says:

    @Ali That’s great! I love all of those actives! Glad you’re enjoying your DIY adventures 🙂

  17. SEA says:

    Hello Dempeaux!! Thank you for the High five and also the great changes you have made to the sunscreen formulas. Hope you are well!

  18. Marsha says:

    Thanks for your blog and recipes and step-by-step tutorials, Dempeaux. Especially when you’re trying to write a thesis! I’m a real DIY skincare wannabe and have actually made a few things so far (and ruined a few). But can I ask a few embarrassingly basic questions? You’ve said (somewhere!) that you can add an active to an otherwise complete recipe (let’s say adding retinol to a complete recipe where retinol might be desirable for some skin types), but how is the amount of added active determined? Using the SEA batch size calculator, what information would you put where? Another basic question: I see recipes I’d love to try to DIY, but there aren’t always instructions (and I need EXACT instructions at this point!). I get that there is a water phase for water-soluble ingredients and an oil phase for the oil-solubles, and the two are ultimately mixed together, but how do you decide exactly what to mix with what DURING each phase? Is there any basic guide to the basic steps of doing DIY out there? Thanks so very much!

  19. Dempeaux says:

    @Marsha No problem! I’ve ruined lots of recipes in my time too 😉 On adding to a complete recipe, it’s a bit tricky to explain. You basically need to know what to sub in/ out, but have a chat here for further info. In answer to your second question, I would seek out the recipes that are complete with instructions. As with cooking, you will get to a point where you know how ingredients should be combined (eg eggs with butter, then added to flour etc), but until then make sure you go with complete recipes 🙂

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