DIY Beauty: making Korean BB Cream


I’ve always wanted a BB cream but have stopped short of getting one because I wasn’t very keen on the long list of ingredients seen on the packaging. So of course I was elated when I finally had a chance to make my own BB cream during the DIY natural skin care workshop at Jayeon Miyin.  It was the most interesting of the three products we made that day, and it was also the most challenging.  Here I’ll share with you the recipe but unless you’re pretty well versed in making skin care products already, I’ll suggest you make this with some sort expert guidiance or attend the DIY workshop.

What you need
Oil ingredients
rosehip oil 5g, jojoba oil 5g, olive wax 5g, cetyl alcohol 1g, vit E 2g
Powdered ingredients
cinnamate 4g, diethicone 1g, IPM 1g, silver pearl 1g, color powder 14g, titanium dioxide 5g
chamomile water 70g (distilled water can be used in place)
Essential oil
rose geranium essential oil 10 drops, lavender 5 drops
Additional ingredients
herb preservative 4g, hyaluronic acid 5g, whitense 3g, placenta 2g

How to make
1. Measure the oil wax and emulsifier and warm up in a double boiler to about 65 – 70 degree C, then add powdered ingredients and mix well.
2. Measure water and warm up to about 65 – 70 degree C.
3. Pour warm water to oil mixutre slowly and blend with a blender.
4. Add essential oil and additional ingredients.


Mixture and temperature must be consistent
The reason why I said this BB cream should be made with expert supervision is because some of the mixtures need to be concocted simultaneously.  In addition, the temperature and consistency must be correct.  Even the blending skills ought to be right.  In fact, we had to throw away the first set of the oil ingredients because the weighing scale wasn’t registering the weight of one of the ingredients.  Without the trainer, we would have continued adding not knowing what was the right amount.

Natural BB cream with natural preservative
The end result was a natural BB cream that looks like a liquid foundation and smells delicious with the rose geranium and lavender scents.  Although it contains dimethicone, the content is very small at 1g so I am happy to use it.   I forgot the amount of BB cream in the tube but was told that the formulation will expire in 6 months.


How it measures up
Although I’ve not used BB cream before, but based on those that I’ve sampled, this DIY BB cream is quite light and provides a sheer coverage.  In fact, it sounds very close to the BRTC Cover BB Cream that AskMeWhats had reviewed recently.  I could not cover my blemishes with this cream but it did give me a somewhat even tone and so I’m using it as a liquid foundation instead.   I think it is possible to make a thicker BB cream depending on the mixture of the ingredients as well as the way it is blended.  Tthe trainer also told us it’s possible to make the cream more shimmery by adding more silver pearl.

DIY workshop promotion
If you’re based in Singapore and you’re keen to try making your own BB cream, then you may want to take advantage of the special promo that Jayeon Miyin is offering to 10 readers of Viva Woman.   Instead of the usual price of S$98, you’ll only need to pay $78 by quoting the promo code “Vivawoman”.   Just check their website on the workshop details and call 6536 2908 to make your appointment.


  1. Nikki says:

    thank you so much for this post! gosh that is great! I cannot imagine we can do our DIY BB cream! Great post for someone who likes to try on BB cream but do not have the means to purchase them ? ? ?

    Nikki: Hey, you’re welcome! ? Yeah, it’s very interesting…I didn’t think it was possible to but I have to say it’s not easy to make. Actually purchasing the cream is probably cheaper if we factor in the ingredients. But, what I like is that making our own lets us control the ingredients and we can make it as natural as possible.

  2. Fiona says:

    DIY BB cream looks cool! plus it must be so much easier to get your own shade if you make it yourself. how do you find the oil-control of this bb cream? will they have different formulations for different skin types? i’m quite tempted #k8SjZc9Dxk#k8SjZc9Dxk

    Fiona: Yes, you have better control over the shade. The oil control for this is fair. My skin doesn’t look too oily after a few hours of using this. Hmm…I think you can tell the trainer what sort of skin type you have so that she can help you to adjust the ingredients accordingly.

  3. Tine says:

    Why fancy that, making your own BB cream. Genius! I reckon I’d only be able to do this at a workshop just for fun, because acquiring all the ingredients is going to cost me a lot more than an actual tube of BB cream ?

    Tine: Yeah, I can’t possibly do this myself even after trying it out once. Plus I’ll need to get those ingredients!

  4. prettybeautiful says:

    it looks so fun. but yeah u r right, it is impossible to DIY on our own, need to get all the ingredients, and a slight mistake might put our skin at stake!

    prettybeautiful: True…that’s why we had to throw away one batch of the ingredients cos of a mistake.

  5. Thi says:

    I think you should make Vivawoman BB cream and sell it to your readers. ?

    I would love to buy it and support Vivawoman!!

    Thi: Thanks for your suggestion and your thoughts for support! I appreciate that! ? But no, I’m not confident to make this at all. Hee…but it’s definitely a good idea. ?

  6. Leon says:

    Hey Sesame, it looks cool. Thi is right, you could probably start ur own business now:)By the way, ur recipe says herb preservatives, what exactly did u use?

    Leon: I forgot to find out. There were so many stuff to add that day. ?

  7. b0nsgirl06 says:

    Interesting, hope it’s alright that I put a link to this post on my blog so that many others interested in bb cream can read it. #k8SjZc9Dxk-#k8SjZc9Dxk

    b0nsgirl06: Sure, a link is fine! Thanks! ?

  8. nance says:

    san makakabili ng mga ingredients? hehehe

  9. Lady says:


    I would´t use dieticone, or dimeticone, cause it´s chemical, not a natural cosmetic and it provokes/ makes wrinkles and the skin grows old/ turns grey…just google “dimeticone”


  10. Cookie says:

    That’s good advice but BB creams aren’t natural either, they use a lot of chemicals that aren’t really good for the skin. If you look at the labels and ingredients of BB creams they’re filled with lots of unhealthy chemicals too

  11. Lady says:

    You are right. So I don´t use them anymore. My skin thanked me for this#k8SjZc9Dxk#k8SjZc9Dxk

  12. Lulu says:

    So is it possible not to include dimeticone in the bb cream?

  13. Lulu says:

    I am interested to make this myself but where can I get the ingredients?

  14. sesame says:

    You’ll have to get it from the DIY ingredient shop. If you’re based in Singapore, let me know and I’ll share the address of the shop with you.

  15. Lulu says:

    yup Im based in Singapore. awwh really? thanks alot! I really dont like the bb creams I bought so much.

  16. sesame says:

    This is the shop’s website:

    But the other day, a reader mentioned they no longer conduct the workshop so I’m not sure. The thing with making your own BB cream is, it’s not an easy process so it’s best to do it under guidance.

    Have you tried Ecobeau’s BB Cream Plus. I use it now and I rather like it. You can check my review here if you wish:

  17. Lulu says:

    ah yup I called them and they told me they no longer hold any bb cream ingredients nor workshops.

    thanks alot! but I was hoping to find a natural bb cream if thats at all possible.

  18. sesame says:

    I see…probably the workshop response wasn’t that good. Try the Ecobeau one if you wish cos that’s probably the one with the least ingredients I’ve seen around. I actually like it and am considering purchasing the full size when my sample is done.

  19. Lulu says:

    ok I will. thanks ?

  20. san says:

    Hello sesame, im addicted with ur wblog :P, also im very interested with the workshop.. r there still any workshop for skin care/cometic making ?? i have contact them by email.. but no reply yet.. thx b4

  21. sesame says:

    Thanks for coming by my blog so often. ?

    I think they might have stopped running the workshop. Unfortunately, no other companies offer such workshops as far as I know. I’ll be the first to jump at such opps. ?

  22. san says:

    ? sadly.. but i hope there is another workshop for me.. or u being my teacher please ?…lol i think u r qualified enough… please email me when ur work shop or another workshop running.. tq

  23. sesame says:

    Haha…I wish I am qualified! I’ll keep an eye…if there is something in the market that I know, I’ll be the first to shout it out! ?

  24. zafirah says:

    Hi there!
    Great post on homemade BB cream! I recently formulated my own BB cream as well…and it was a major success! My ingredients are a bit different from you though. Anyway, it’s not very hard to do. If you know how to make mayonnaise, than, probably you can make this BB cream or other facial cream/body lotions etc. It’s all about emulsion. ?

  25. sesame says:

    Oh that’s interesting! I’m glad you made yours work! Yeah, I guess it’s about having the right ingredients and then experimenting a bit.

  26. fillah says:

    great!!..but. its so hard to find its ingridients out?..

  27. Sesame says:

    Yup…not exactly easy to get them.

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