The concept of making our own skin care products at home, to keep the irritating ingredients in conventional products out, is trending in Paris; more precisely there's a revolution going on! Despite there being at least three cash register stations in AromaZone's boutique manned around the clock, there are always 10 - 20 persons waiting in each line. People with sensitive skin, and everyone else who just wants safe ingredients in their products, have decided to learn to how to make them on their own.
It all starts upstairs at Aroma-zone in the classrooms. There are 31 types of cosmetic workshops offered, they run multiple times a day, all day long, five days a week plus three aromatherapie workshops. For those hesitant about what DIY cosmetics is all about, there's a spa to try things out in advance. (Currently, all classes are taught in French. Now you know why I spent the last year studying French like a mad man.)
Quite simply, I can't use conventional skin care products made by the global corporations because I have sensitive skin that is prone to eczema and dermatitis. All the synthetic fragrances, and hormone disrupting preservatives in those petroleum-based industrial products make my skin break out. I've learned how to make my own by reading the book about the SLOW COSMETIQUE movement, that was started in French-speaking Europe by Julien Kaibeck.
Specifically, I make my own face lotion and body balms using simple but exotic sounding hard-to-find ingredients that nourish sensitive skin and help heal and prevent eczema like:
- Macerated oils: calendula, black cumin seed, argan, borage, kukui and canarium nut.
- Floral waters (hydrosols): German (Matricaria) chamomile, true lavender, Damascus rose.
- Essential oils: German (Matricaria) chamomile, true lavender, ylang-ylang, and black spruce.
Ironically, I was in front of the AromaZone yesterday on Earth Day as thousands of climate change awareness supporters paraded by me in response to the Trump administration cutting science budgets and denying research.