Sunday, July 20, 2014

Spirulina - Going Green (And Clean)

Spirulina is fabulous. I know because I've been using it regularly as an ingredient in my morning face cleanser for about half a year.

Although mostly tested and used as a food supplement, spirulina also has a lot to offer with topical use.

Let's take a closer look at the dark green powder that many have been raving about.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Skin Routine

It's the middle of summer and we all want to be outdoors, active, relaxing, or just generally doing something other than everyday drudgery.

Me too.

During summer, I actually use less time on skin pampering (not that skin pampering is drudgery!)

But during summer, quality moisturizing with less effort is desirable.

I've had a few questions from you lovely readers about my summer skin regimen, so here it is: my all-time fave summer skin regimen.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Perfect Sunblock

It's summer. There is sun. There is need of sun protection.

If your skin is anything like mine – fair, sensitive, burns easily, doesn't tan at all – anything less than 100% protection just doesn't cut it.

I make the most lovely, silky-smooth sun lotion you can imagine.


I don't use it as a sun lotion.

Monday, July 7, 2014

When Parabens Won The War

If you look at the cosmetic industry's top 10 list of most commonly used preservatives in the world, you will find 5 parabens present.

Not only that, the 5 parabens are actually among the top 6 on the list.

There are over 6 parabens used in cosmetics.

The war on parabens, it would appear, is over.

And Ethyl, Methyl, and the rest of the Paraben family members can (finally) get back to doing what they do (and maybe celebrate just a little).

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Exfoliation - Chemical

Welcome to the forth in this mini-series about exfoliation. Today, we're going to look at chemical exfoliants - what they are and how they work, and we're going to learn how to do DIY chemical exfoliating.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Why Raw Honey Lasts Forever

Ever wonder why the raw honey you have in your kitchen can sit in the cupboard for months on end (or even years) without going bad?

It's because of GOx.

GOx is short for glucose oxidase.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hydrosol Wand Giveaway Winners

Yay! Summer hydrosol wands are going to be made and sent to 4 lucky winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered – it does look like the comments function is finally working without a hitch.

And now for the moment of truth!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Self Challenge Face Mask

As much as my skin loves face masks, I really don't do them often enough. A face mask is really a great 'skin pick-me-up' and arguably worth the time and effort it takes – yet, despite my once a week goal, it is often only once a month that I find the time to actually do a face mask.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

What Goes in a Purple Airless Jar?

I love finding new suppliers. I also love it when my fave suppliers add little extras to my order - like a sample of oil or butter, or, in this case, an airless container.

Above: some new airless containers filled with a formula I am tweaking.

The contents? My latest batch of cucumber day & night serum. This batch is with a new emulsifier that is - so far - both easy and fun to work with.

But we're going to look at the packaging today. And I'm really interested in your input.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Kpangnan Body Frappé - How a New Product 'Just Happens'

Getting to know raw ingredients is always a pleasure, and the star butter in this product has been no exception. After liking everything kpangnan butter had to offer in a lotion bar, I decided to do a simple whipped body butter – just to test this butter out in a different type of formula.

The texture turned out so light, creamy, and non-greasy that I have been using this buttery-smooth frappé everywhere from face to feet since the first batch. What started out as an ingredient test grew into a new product.

Suddenly, a scent was being composed, labels were being designed and a few testers were being contacted.

I didn't plan this product. It really just happened.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Giveaway - Summer Hydrosol Wands

Well it's been a while since we've had a proper giveaway, and with summer fast approaching, there is dire need of refreshment!

Above are 4 empty spray-bottle 'wands'. They're waiting for 4 lucky winners to tell me what to fill them with before they are whisked off in the mail.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

How to - Microdermabrasion, but Proceed With Caution

Contrary to dermabrasion (which requires a professional dermatologist), microdermabrasion literally 'skims the surface' and can be done either by you or by a professional. It can even be done effectively with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard.

Today, we're going to do our own microdermabrasion. The best part? It's hardly going to cost a thing! The worst part? It comes with a few precautionary warnings.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Container Quest - a Rant and a Small Victory

If you've been reading this blog a while, you know I am on a never-ending, die-hard quest for quality, classy-looking cosmetics and make-up containers of all kinds.

Considering the laughably low order-placing capabilities LisaLise has, my requirements are ridiculously lofty.

There is logic behind the madness – even though perfection may not be attained, there's always the chance of getting pretty darn close.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Magic Hydrosol Wands - Kind Of

Sometimes, I wish I had magical powers.

If I did, I'd make magic herbal potions that could remove pain, eliminate sickness, and bring strength and courage to those who needed it.

When I was finished with that, I'd make more potions – to calm and sooth worried minds and instantly revive and refresh troubled spirits.

I'd put my magical potions into special wands that could be carried around. Then, any time it was needed, the wand could be waved and the potion could do its magic with the mere touch of a finger.

That's what I'd do if I had magical powers.