Sunday, March 26, 2017

Straining Tinctures, Extracts, and Glycerites



It took me a mere moment to strain this chamomile tincture because of a vegan drinks maker. I know that sounds odd, but it's absolutely true.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Important Stuff Goes in Front



I've been working on a new book for a while, and it has everything to do with that picture up there.

The book is about making tinctures, infusions, glycerites and other ingredients-nerdy stuff only cosmetics making folks (and very patient husbands) could understand.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

What Makes Colloidal Oatmeal Colloidal?


I've been on an extensive, several-part research session that turned up differing answers, more questions and a whole lot of interesting info about microns, particle sizes, and oats for skincare that we're going to be looking at today.

Who could imagine oats could be such a mind-blowing ingredient?

But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Get ready for a bit of a ride as we examine colloidal oats, because there are going to be a few twists and turns along the way!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Stinky Skincare Ingredients: How to Work With Cocoa Butter


Welcome to part 4 in this mini-series of working with stinky ingredients!

Now that you've been exercising your nose and making all kinds of amazing discoveries at how clever your nostrils are at picking out subtle details and undertones (if not, check the links below to previous posts), let's get busy with today's project.

We're going to 'bend' the scent of a very popular ingredient for skincare and haircare: cocoa butter.

It almost seems unfair to call this a stinky ingredient. Most people love the smell and taste of a chocolate bar. I know I do. I actually also love the scent of cocoa butter if I am thinking of food.

But we're putting it on our skin.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Babassu Oil - Worth Falling in Love With


That creamy-looking balm up there is actually an oil. It's from Brazil and goes by the name Babassu Oil.

I started getting acquainted with it sometime last year (or was it 2015?). I'll admit I've had quite a bit on my plate for longer than I care to admit, so when my first order arrived (way back when), it just sat there in the stockroom cooler for a couple of months.

When I finally got around to testing it out, I fell in love.

A whole lot.

Let's have a look as what Babassu (also called Cusi) oil has to offer.

Monday, February 27, 2017

How To: Easy Face Mask with Fresh Cucumber Juice


It's at least a zillion years since we did a fresh food mask around here. Correction: it's a zillion years since we even did a mask around here.

You think I'm exaggerating? Do a search and see for yourself. The last one was in 2014. That's three (zillion) years ago!
(insert small gasp)

That changes right now!

Do you have a bit of cucumber?

A bit of clay?

You've already got the basics at hand. Let's get busy!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Infusing Oil With Coffee


If you have been following this blog or my Instagram account, you've probably noticed all kinds of different infusions and straining techniques going on throughout much of last year. (I've been working on material for an upcoming book.)

Some of what I've been experimenting with has been coffee in oil, and that's what we're going to do today: make coffee oil!

Friday, February 17, 2017

How to: Calm Steam Face Tea


This is simple, fun, inexpensive, and ridiculously easy to make.

And it's beneficial for the skin.

Not only is a face tea a perfect gift or giveaway, if you package it up a little fancy (check the glass tube up there), it's also a bit of eye candy.

That's just got to be a win win win.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

How to Dose Essential Oils in a Formula


In connection with this previous post, today's subject details a bit about why precision is so important when making formulas for skincare products.

We're going to touch on something some DIY'ers hardly even give a thought  –  how to dose essential oils in a formula.

You: Seriously, Lise? We need lessons in counting drops?

Me: You mean you're measuring by the drop?

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Working With Stinky Ingredients - Part 3

Last time we talked about stinky ingredients around here, I listed a few of my 'favorite' stinky cosmetics ingredients and promised to show you how to bend said stinkiness into pleasantness.  


To do this, we need to do a bit of nose exercise (and no, you don't need to learn how to wiggle your nose)

The first step to working with stinky ingredients is to get our perfuming noses on. Let's start whipping a few stinky ingredients into shape!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Colloidal Oats - Let's Make Our Own!


This is simply a matter of patience and a couple of good tools. And, if you happen to bake, there's double bonus here (all shall soon be revealed!).

Today, we're going to make our own version of colloidal oats! Shall we get started?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Working With Stinky Ingredients - Part 2


Late last year, I asked a few fellow formulators who use predominately natural ingredients if there were any particular ones they would categorize as stinky and hard to work with.

There was a literal flood of replies.

Apparantly, I am not the only one who finds some ingredients a little, pretty, awfully, ridiculously challenging to work with.

Friday, January 20, 2017

It's Called a Formula

This is not a rant. It's a question of semantics and you might even find it a bit nit-picky.

You might even be right.

I hear this term used constantly by home-crafters and DIY enthusiasts (which is understandable) but also occasionally from colleagues (which confuses me a bit).

Every time someone uses the word 'recipe' when they are talking about a formula, it tugs on a cringe-muscle.

Just a little teensy bit.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Discount Offer on Working With Shea Butter



It's the middle of January and in these cold, Northern parts where I live, the middle of the winter.

I've pretty much been slathering myself in skin-loving shea butter products since New Year: Oatmeal and Clay cleanser in the morning, Bare Basic Hydration Lotion for arms and legs, Super Soft Body Butter for feet, Lip and Cuticle Balm, and Whipped Butter has been my go-to nighttime moisturiser for face and neck.

It suddenly dawned on me that every one of these formulas is in the e-book you see up there.