Sure, there are a lot of ways to make your own cosmetics at home. Just hop on Pinterest for, oh let's say, two minutes. Many of those methods may feature infusing your own scents and flavors into home basics, like vaseline—but those recipes aren't always looking out for the well-being of your skin. Teardrop—a kit of tools and accessories for extracting beneficial properties from plants—focuses less on the finished product and more on the safety and sustainability of the homemade phytocosmetics (plant-based cosmetics) you're looking to make. You won't get a complete jar of lip balm from this, but you will be on the right track to avoiding the unhealthy ingredients like salicylic acid exfoliates and alcohol in your skin products.
Teardrop is a steam-based distillation system, which means it helps the user produce pure herbal water, which can then be used to create toxin-free cosmetics. (Enter: The never-ending fleet of Pinterest recipes.)
Without more than a quick glance, it would be easy to mistake this system for a kitchen accessory of a similar aesthetic (ahem, Manual Coffee Maker). And much like the MCM, the experience seems to be a big selling point for Teardrop—it's test-tube feel is perfect for chemistry and sustainable cosmetic enthusiasts alike.
The kit comes complete with a set of instruments, jars, labels, recipes, a steam distiller and information on the various plants and their health properties (which makes experimenting with different plant combinations safe and easy). Check out the brand's Facebook page for more information on purchasing Teardrop.