Friday, January 23, 2015

Battling the Complacency of Ready-To-Use Ingredients

It's a constant dilemma. Which road to take? From a cosmetics ingredients perspective, there are oftentimes 2 choices.

Take Hyaluronic Acid...

Last year, I started working with hyaluronic acid from a different supplier. Instead of the easy-peasy no-worries pre-mixed gel I had been using for (several) years, it was time to get acquainted with this ingredient as it is most commonly available – in powdered form.

Because 'hy-acid' is an integral part of several of my products, this caused quite a bit of unavoidable reformulation – and a trip down a slightly rocky road.

I know what you're thinking.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Best Way to Detox

Detoxing has become an integral part of the beauty and health industry – and a veritable jungle of options. There are courses, diets, programmes, and even beauty & personal care products that promise to draw out toxins, cleanse your body and leave you squeaky clean inside.

With all the undesirables we consume, are surrounded by and inhale on a daily basis, it stands to reason we need to detox, doesn't it?

So, what's the best way to detox?





Well, here's the good news: you already have a whole lot going on in the detox department.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

LisaLise in Saponifier Magazine

My Flowers, Food, and Dirt face wash has been picked up by Saponifier magazine and they asked to interview me for an 'Around the World in Outstanding Designs' series.

Permission to be a little proud?

Thank you, because I am!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lotus for Skin Care

You might be asking why one would want to use flowers, seeds, and herbs for skin care. I totally understand.

To some, it must seem a bit odd.

But stick with me, because the vibrant flower you see above contains skin-loving goodness. Its dried seeds make a powder that may not be much in the way of eye candy, but can be a whole lot in the way of skin pampering.

Today, we're going to take a look at the lotus flower (INCI: Nelumbo nucifera) and examine why it holds such high regard in the world of Ayurveda.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Theme of the Year

This year - or a good part of it - has a theme. The picture above might give you a hint.

Have you guessed what it is?

The bare essentials!

All right, I'll be honest. There's actually a reason that is not entirely of my own choosing (well, ok it is, but not the time frame part).

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

Well, as fun as it was to party hearty and ring out the old year, it's time to remove the glitter and take a fresh look at the calendar.

Welcome to 2015!

Guess what?  It's going to be a fabulous year - full of discovery, wonder, and work that's so interesting and fun, it won't feel like work at all!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Years Eve

That's it. 2014 is done and dusted as of today. Let's put on our best skin and celebrate by bathing in champagne!

It's been an absolute pleasure sharing my thoughts, product development, discoveries and views with you this year.

Thank you.

Thank you for sticking around, commenting, and even critiquing. You are an inspiration and a pleasure to know.

Now, have an absolutely marvelous New Years Eve.

See you on the other side of '14.


Monday, December 29, 2014

Have Formula - Will Travel

Sooo, this gal is pretty much prepared for any situation now. By grabbing the trusty carrier-case you see here, I can now formulate on the run!

(insert Bond-style music)

(Clip to scene with gorgeous babe in high heels, sunglasses, and lab coat dashing down city street with carrier case)

OK, it's not all fun and games. I was actually kind of forced into this.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holiday - PJ Day

Does your family have a PJ day during the holiday season? That's a day where no one has to cook.

Or clean.

Or entertain company.

Or even get dressed if they don't want to.

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.