Sunday, July 31, 2016

Be Fraiche DIY Skincare Workshop - Bondi Junction, Sydney

Have you ever thought about making your own skincare? I was recently invited to Be Fraiche's lotion and cream workshop. This workshop is created and ran by lovely Helen, she has a background in Organic Skincare Formulation and perfumery. You are learning from an expert!

Making skincare is relatively simple, however you will require a few pieces of equipment and crucial items such a oils, essential oil, shea butter, scale and natural preservatives etc. I don't know a lot about the science behind skincare, so I learned a LOT from Helen!

The workshop started with self introductions and we learned a little about Helen. She went through a few slides and explained different ingredients in skincare. This was FASCINATING! Unless the ingredients are put in layman's term in brackets, I usually don't have a clue what it is or it's role in my skincare (See picture below).

We each received a handy little booklet which provided fantastic information about an array of different ingredients, what they are good for and the formula to make rich cream and lotion. This booklet was put together by Helen!

Here are a few things I learned from Helen during the workshop:
  • Emulsifier contains water and oil parts.
  • Propylparaben is a synthetic preservative.
  • Essential oils are made from distilled plants, only a small amount of essential oil is produced through the plants while the rest is fragrant water that can be used in making Turkish delight etc.
  • Patchouli oil is great for anti ageing.
  • Companies are able to patent perfume, hence hide their "secret ingredients" within the perfume so it does not need to be disclosed.
  • Preservatives are only required when making water based skincare products. It is not required in oil based products, however Vitamin E is necessary to prevent the oils from going rancid.
  • Children under 6 years old should not be in contact with essential oils as they may develop allergies.

Before we started making our own skincare, Helen demonstrated each step to guide us. All tools and equipment were provided at the workshop. We each made our own oil based rich cream mine had mango butter, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, vitamin E and sweet orange essential oil for the scent.

To make the Emulsion, we got into groups - my skin is forever changing. It was combination for most of this month and now it's dry and chapped by wind burn. The Emulsion was a little bit difficult to make, the combination of the oil and water was tricky but with Helen's guidance and having a pro mixer in our group we made the perfect lotion!

We used a naturally derived preservative so it will last for approximately 6 months.

It felt so good to be able to make my own lotion and oil based cream - the accomplishment was real! Not to mention we were also treated with snacks and Nudie orange juice half way through the workshop, nom nom nom.

Once our cream/lotion is ready, we poured our little achievement into empty containers provided at the workshop. We also received a sample of Helen's Bean Scrub!!

I highly recommend this for those who love DIY, into natural skincare and want to know what goes into their skincare. This workshop is also perfect if you like to customise the texture and scent of your creams. If you are sick of paying a ridiculous amount of money for skincare and looking for natural alternative, check out Helen's workshops!

Be Fraiche Workshop
Price Range: $95-$170
Website (coming soon):
Instagram: @befraicheskincare
Book here:

*Lily not Louise was invited to this workshop as a guest, thanks to Helen from Be Fraiche.


  1. Wow! This sound amazing, such a great experience.

  2. This sounds like such a fun and interesting experience, I would love to be able to learn more about what ingredients are going into my skincare products!

    Kez |

  3. So so so cool! What an amazing experience, I'll definitely have to check it out when I'm in Sydney!
    Sue //

  4. Great post! I would love to go to a DIY skincare making workshop like this. Sounds like it was a fun learning experience.

  5. Ooh this sounds interesting! Definitely up my alley as a lover of natural beauty products. Sounds like a bit of fun too.

  6. How fun! Would be great to mix something up to your particular preferences!

  7. What an interesting workshop! You always get invited to the best events!

  8. What an interesting event and a great opportunity to learn about skincare!

  9. This is amazing! I have never heard of a workshop like this but I immediately need to attend and make my own skincare! Your creation sounded divine - so many of my fave ingredients :) x

  10. This sounds like a lot of fun! Would love to try this!

  11. Gosh Lily, I had no idea there were workshops like this - just as well you're in the know! What an interesting and informative experience, plus you have some products tailor made for your skin's needs, how awesome xxx


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