About the author: Jinane Doughan is a professional make-up artist with a degree from the French Fashion Institute ESMOD Dubai. She specialized in natural handmade skincare and haircare products.
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DIY licorice extract and olive oil can be an effective and natural way to nourish your skin and achieve a radiant complexion.
Licorice extract is a natural ingredient that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to help with various skin conditions. Combining it with olive oil, which has moisturizing and antioxidant properties, can create a powerful skincare solution that can help soothe and protect your skin.
In this article, we will guide you through the process of making your own DIY licorice extract with olive oil and show you how to incorporate it into your daily skincare routine for healthier, more glowing skin. So, let’s dive in!
- Licorice that is ground in a grinder
- Olive oil (or sweet almond oil)
- A small jar with its lid to make your mixture in
- Aluminum foil
- Fine filtering fabric, like cheesecloth
Steps: DIY Licorice Extract and Olive Oil
1- Grab a small jar and scoop 2 tablespoons of ground licorice in it.
2- Pour olive oil (or sweet almond oil) over the licorice. Fill up approximately half the jar with the oil. Unlike the licorice extract with the glycerin, there is no need to fill the jar fully.
3- Mix well.
4- There are 2 ways to finalize the DIY licorice extract and olive oil: the fast way and the normal way. The fast way allows you to use the extract in 24 hours, whereas the normal way takes a month to have the extract ready.
The fast way: seal the jar with its lid and place it in a hot water bath (bain-marie) for 4 hours. A hot water bath is done by placing the jar in a larger pot of steaming water. For this extract, use mild heating of the water.
After 4 hours, filter the contents thoroughly using a fine filtering fabric to remove the licorice residue. This might necessitate repeated filtering till we are sure that no licorice residue keep settling at the bottom of the jar.
It is very important to ensure that the extract is devoid of any licorice residue. Because, later, when we add the licorice extract to a skincare product like scrub, soap, cream, etc. any residue will spoil the product.
Once the filtering process is completed, store the jar for 24 hours. Thereafter, the extract can be used.
The normal way: this is the preferred way and it involves wrapping the jar with aluminum foil and storing it in a cabinet for 30 days. Every 3 days, just shake the jar. After 30 days, we do the filtering process as above. Be patient with the filtering, and repeat it till the extract is a crystal clear liquid.
Note: it is a good practice to label the jars, identifying the content and the date of preparation, just in case there comes a time when you have several jars in waiting.
How To Use The DIY Licorice Extract
The DIY licorice extract and olive oil is meant to be used as an additive to natural handmade skincare products, like scrubs, soaps, creams, body butters, etc.
Add 2-5% to your product. For example, if you are preparing 100-gram scrub, you can add 2-5 grams of DIY licorice extract.
- Reduces hyperpigmentation
- Soothes inflammation
- Boosts skin brightening
- Enhances moisture
- Improves overall texture
By adding DIY licorice extract and olive oil to your natural handmade skincare products, you can enjoy all of these benefits and more, while also knowing exactly what ingredients you’re putting on your skin.
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Video How-To on My Channel | Jinane World
The steps to make the DIY licorice extract with olive oil are demonstrated in this video, after 04m52s