25 August 2013

Multifruit BSC + A DIY Exfoliating Toner Recipe

I've been very curious about exfoliating toners ever since hearing how highly skincare expert Caroline Hirons speaks of them.  Unfortunately, there just don't seem to be very many of these toners in the natural skincare world, so my curiosity was temporarily shelved.  That is, until, while placing an order for some other ingredients for DIY's, I stumbled across Multifruit BSC and decided to try my hand at making my own...

What is Multifruit BSC?
Ingredients: Water & Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract & Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract & Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract & Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract & Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract.

Multifruit BSC is a concentrated blend of five botanical extracts: bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange, and lemon.  These extracts contain naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) - mainly lactic and glycolic acids, with lower levels of citric, malic, and tartaric acids.  AHAs are chemical exfoliants that weaken the bonds that hold dead skin cells together, helping you shed dead skin and other build-up, while simultaneously stimulating skin cell renewal.  Chemical exfoliants also penetrate deeper than a manual scrub, allowing you to exfoliate more than just the very top layer of your skin.  

Multifruit BSC is a water soluble, clear solution that is best used in either formulations without heat or added towards the end of recipes involving heat, making it a perfect ingredient to use in a toner.  I was a little nervous at the thought of working with acids, but it all turned out a-okay.  (However, I do urge you to read safety and usage information, like this information sheet, before working with an active like Multifruit BSC.  You'll also want to test the pH of your final product, when working with AHAs, to ensure it falls in a safe range.)  

I used about a 10% concentration, but recommended use levels are anywhere between 5-15%, so that's something you can play around with to suit your skin.  

DIY Exfoliating Toner

120 ml (4 oz) Aloe Vera Distillate or Juice
12 ml Multifruit BSC
20 drops vegetable glycerin

Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight bottle.  To use, saturate a cotton pad and swipe across face.  Avoid the eye area.

The Results
My skin seems a little softer and smoother since I've been using this toner, but to be totally honest, I haven't noticed drastic results or improvements.  The toner is on the gentle side and I don't get much tingling from the AHA's at all.  I'm actually considering upping the concentration to 15%, to see if that has a greater impact. 

If, like me, you enjoy experimenting with DIY skincare, Multifruit BSC is an interesting ingredient to pick up.  This toner hasn't blown me away, but I'll definitely be playing around with it a little more and seeing what else I can come up with!



6 comments:

  1. This looks really interesting! I've been also wanting to try something like that because of Caroline :) Where did you buy Multifruit BSC? xx

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    1. I got it from New Direction Aromatics, but, this product aside, I didn't actually have the best experience with them. It's also available from Lotioncrafter, who I've only heard good things about :)

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  2. i also found this particular BSC to be very mild. i've used it at 100% on my face + only felt mild tingling. i've upped the amount to 50%-100% + tho this is NOT recommended, it actually works for me this way this.

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    1. I'm nervous to up the concentration too much, but I haven't found it very effective at lower amounts, so I've basically just stopped using it. I'm glad you found a way to make it work for you!

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