Monday, December 22, 2014

New Holiday Tradition - A Visit to the Spa

There's nothing that says holiday time more than a trip to the spa!

During this dark month, a little self pampering is not only in order, but should be mandatory prior to the hectic holiday rush (insert winking eye here).

Feel free to join me in lighting up a few festive red candles and creating a little seasonal atmosphere in this juletide tradition that started – this year.

By my husband and me.

For real.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

No-Soap Ayurvedic Skin Brightening Cleanser

Quite unexpectedly, Ayurvedic ingredients have made their way into my life this year, bringing a world of discovery that has been both a pleasurable and inspirational experience.

Not only are these ingredients beneficial for both skin and hair – they're easy to work with!

Friday, December 12, 2014

When Soap Goes Soft - Super Soft

Above: a mix of mild surfactants and organic hydrosols. I've been using this particular formula for what feels like forever, and my skin hasn't 'grown tired of it' yet.

It's even received a few different names along the way- depending on how it is used.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Honey, Glucose Oxidase, and Preservative Power

Earlier this year I did a post about honey and why it lasts forever. The folks at Personal Care Truth or Scare asked to publish it, so how could I possibly say no?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

More Than 5 Easy DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Season is coming up. Wouldn't it be great to be able to give a little gift to everyone you like? I mean, everyone? Neighbors, friends, the local greengrocer who always puts the choicest veggies aside just for you, and the lady next door who always offers to keep an eye on the house when you're away?

Being able to give everyone a little token of appreciation and recognition can be awfully taxing on the budget.

But. There are ways.

By creating a few select hand-made items in bulk, you can show your appreciation with a truly personal gift without breaking your budget and bring a smile to the face of everyone you want to include.

Here are a few DIY ideas to inspire you - all previously posted on this blog.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

How To - No Soap Face Cleanser in a Jar

If you like my cleansing bar recipes, you may just love this fun little number. It's a marriage of a cleansing bar with my flower, food and dirt cleansers – except this one goes in a jar.

Hmm, Bar-in-a-jar? Flowers and bar in a jar? (we'll have to work on the name).

For this soap-free product, ayurvedic amla powder is combined with rose and a few other flowers to create a morning cleanser that not only refreshes and moisturizes the skin, but smells divine without the addition of essential oils.

The ingredients can be mixed and matched any way you please, so get ready to make your own, 100% personalized creation!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Luxury Lotion Bars - Now, to the Oils

I'm still on a quest for the most perfect, fabulous luxury lotion bars on the planet. You are probably at this very moment thinking 'now there's an oxymoron if ever I heard one: luxury lotion bars!'

And I do understand.

Lotion bars are easy-peasy to make and great-for-beginners.
Luxury smacks of pricey, exclusive, difficult-to-attain.

But that seems to be me in a nutshell. The idea of adding luxury to a simple, easy-to-do thing as a lotion bar is pretty much how I approach cosmetics making. Taking opposites and making them work together in an 'elevated' fashion is a 'self-inflicted' constant quest.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ayurvedic Brahmi

This lovely herb with succulent leaves has a history of use in Ayurvedic medicine. In English, it's known as Indian Pennywort. In Indian, it's called Brahmi (INCI: Bacopa monnieri).

Today we're going to take a look at this plant, which is showing surprisingly promising results as an aid for improving memory in scientific tests.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ayurvedic Hair Rinse and The Punch of Packaging

These are the easiest hair rinses to make in the world. As a matter of fact, if you've made the infusion from the how-to in this post, you're already done!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

How To Make Infusions with Ayurvedic Powders

If you've been following this blog for the past few weeks, you'll have gotten to know a bit about Ayurvedic ingredients.  Amla and Brahmi (post coming up on that soon) have multiple uses for both skin and hair care, and today, we're going to use them to make infusions.

An infusion is quite easy to do and doesn't even call for all kinds of expensive equipment.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Make Your Own Cream Concealer

Several of you have asked for this, and it's been on my to-do list for ages. Now, thanks to a comment from 'Anon' (sure wish you'd posted a name!), I'm going to share this formula for cream concealer/highlighter with you.

The original formula is not mine and is not even in English. Aroma Zone had it on their website (but only in French - évidemment). But since their recent major site overhaul, it seems to have disappeared.


No need to panic.

You can thank me now for being such a diligent and copious note-taker.

You can also rejoice in that fact that I have tried this out before sharing it with you, because I have tweaked the formula (dare I say improved?) a bit. My production process is also slightly more newbie-friendly than the original.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ayurvedic Amla - Natural Skin and Hair Care

Today we're going to take a closer look at one of the unexpected surprises that recently appeared on my doorstep due to a mix-up in an order delivery. So far, it's been quite a pleasure getting to know this ingredient.  Although I am currently using it in powdered form, it originates as a fruit that is native to India.

Let's get acquainted with this bitter, green berry known as Amla.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How To Tell If Your Product Has Gone Bad

There's no way around it. Sometimes a product you've made goes bad. In my lab there is - at any given time - a selection of creams, gels, and serums from a week to 5 years old standing around specifically for the purpose of being tested, monitored, and studied.

Above is a clear indication (pun totally intended) that something inside this bottle just isn't very happy any more. The cloudiness at the bottom is not supposed to be there. Its presence is a fail-safe visual warning that this face gel has turned into a bacterial bomb and is suitable for one thing only – being discarded.

Let's imagine (for a brief moment) that we don't have access to advanced microbiological testing equipment. What to do?

There are ways.

Today I'm going to pass on a few basic tips on how to check your homemade products and how to know when to toss them.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Aromatherapy inhalers

Not long ago, I showed you how to make an anti-stuffy nose inhaler. It all came about as a result of these handy dandy little inhaler-containers one of my suppliers started carrying.

And anti-stuffy nose inhalers are great, but who's going to stop us from getting creative?

No one! We can have fun and play around with all the essential oil combos our heart desires. And that's just what we're going to do today.

We're going to make aromatherapy inhalers.