Tuesday, August 23, 2016

LisaLise's Guide to Cosmetic Clays


Clay is a fabulous and incredibly diverse ingredient to work with. Clays are great in masks, cleansers, color cosmetics – even emulsions and toothpaste (something we'll be getting into a little later on around here).

There are so many clays with so many different names that it can be hard for a clay-newbie (yes, that is an expression I just made up) to decide where to start.

Several of you have asked me for a quick overview of the most common clays used in skin and hair care products, so today – just for you – we're going to get down and dirty with clay!

LisaLise's Guide to Cosmetic Clays

  • Bentonite 
  • Diatomaceous Earth 
  • French Green Clay 
  • French Illite Clays 
  • Fuller's Earth 
  • Kaolin
  • Rhassoul 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

How To: Blueberry Glycerite



There have been glycerites galore around here lately, and before the summer season disappears completely, let's make one more, luscious, lovely extract with glycerine.

Because we can.

We're getting a bit advanced with this one, because blueberries can be a bit tricky to work with, but you can totally do this, so get out your equipment and let's get busy with blueberries!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Tattoos, Skincare and a Man on a Mission


Although I have never had a tattoo, a couple of years ago I developed a special-order product for after-tat skin care. During the process of creating Tattoo Soothe Skin Mist, I got acquainted with the world of ‘getting inked’.

One thing that struck me at that time (and doesn’t seem to have changed much since) was the general lack of information about pre and after-tat skincare – everywhere!

But that is starting to change, thanks to the gentleman you see above.

Meet Dan Hunter – he's all about skincare – particularly in relation to tattoos.

Earlier this year, Dan launched Authority Tattoo which is quickly gaining recognition and attention from folks all over the tattoo industry.

I asked Dan if he would share his story with me, and he kindly agreed to let me share it with you.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Newsletter News - You Tell Me



I've been working on several projects this Spring and Summer that have kept me super busy with absolutely no time for vacay. One of these projects has been a complete overhaul of my website.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

DIY Spa Day - Tips for Serious Self Pampering


Today, we're going to pamper ourselves silly!

Recently, I was interviewed by a lovely lady named April for the American publication, Natural Awakenings. She asked me to share some of my best tips for DIY spa treatments that could be enjoyed at home with simple-yet-effective, easy to source ingredients.

How could I possibly say no to that? The interview inspired me to gather all the tips into this post - just for you!

Many of these are covered in more detail in separate blog posts – there are links to each post.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Rose Skin Tonic with Strawberry Glycerine Extract



On the left: strawberry glycerine extract (the one we made not too long ago). On the right: rose (rosa damascena) hydrosol with a titch of strawberry glycerine extract.

Can we just talk about color for a moment?

Is this not the most
pinky
girly
feminine
oh-my-goodness-what-a-delicate-shade-of-delicious color you have ever seen?

(insert appropriate oohs and aaahs here)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

How To: Strawberry Glycerine Extract




It's summer and it's strawberry season around these parts of Scandinavia. I've been waiting for the ripest, plumpest, freshest strawberries to be available so I could make this glycerine extract.

And here they are - fresh picked and deliciously aromatic.

Shall we get busy?

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Overpreserving - As Bad as Underpreserving



Preservatives are powerful. They have to be. They have a pretty important job: keeping bacteria, fungus, and mould at bay without otherwise compromising the product.

Working with preservatives is tricky and very demanding, so it's not surprising a lot of DIY skincare makers are uncomfortable working with them.

It's not the kind of ingredient where you can 'wing it' when it comes to type or dosage. The amount added – when it is added – and which one functions best is specific to each formula.

It's definitely not the kind of ingredient where you can add 'an extra dash to preserve even better'.

It just doesn't work like that.

An extra dash can cause more damage than one might imagine, which brings me to today's story: what can happen if you overpreserve a product.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Lip and Cheek Tint in a Stick




While playing around with foundation colors, pencil bases and other such make-up making fun things, I decided to put together a quick lip and cheek tint stick.

The chunky-sized balm containers I ordered from a new supplier just arrived.

Perfect timing!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Grapefruit For Skincare


I love the lip-puckering tart freshness of grapefruit in a tossed green salad or in a dessert, but to be perfectly honest, I love it even more as a skin care ingredient.

Let's take a look at what this tangy fruit has to offer with topical use, shall we?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

How To: Let's Make a Highlighter Stick!



This was supposed to be a yellow-y corrector stick - the kind you use to dab here and there to conceal unwanted reddishness. Not that I have a lot of reddishness, but I wanted to try out a few ingredients, and this fit the bill.

The original recipe was for a trio of 3 correctors (one of which is green), but I only used the part concerning the yellow corrector.

I followed Aroma Zone's recipe to a T (or is that tea? or tee?), yet the end product came out not as a corrector, but as a highlighter.

And you know what? That's kind of ok.
I can use a highlighter.
Maybe you can too, so let's get busy!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

How To: Lemon Glycerine Extract






After discovering how fabulously glycerine captures the freshness of cucumber, I had to see if it was just as good at capturing lemon.

Guess what!?

Yeah, you guessed - it's GREAT!

Let's make lemon glycerine extract!

Monday, June 20, 2016

How To: Lip and Eye Pencil Base



Today, we're going to make an easy, basic lip and eye pencil base that can be used for color cosmetics such as lip pencils, eye pencils, eyebrow pencils, and cheek tint.

You're probably wondering how it is possible to make a texture that is equally good for all these uses. A lip pencil needs to go on smoothly and be firm enough to where the tip doesn't break off. An eye pencil needs to be softer, smoother and not even come close to dragging on the skin. For cheek application, a firmer texture is ideal.

Well, I've been scientifically testing, experimenting, and meticulously logging my results for a few years now (read: I've been having a ball fiddling around with these textures for ages),  and with enough tweaking, testing, and diligence, I finally succeeded in creating a – for me – sublime texture that is great for all of these uses.

This formula has good slip and nice staying power without feeling gluey or sticky.

Note: skin type plays a role in which texture/stiffness/glide-factor feels best, so even though this texture is ace for me, it might not be perfection for you.

However – even if it isn't 100% perfection for you, you can still use it as a base to tweak and fiddle with proportions until you have created your own version of perfection.

Let's Get Busy with the Base!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Foundation Stick - Batch 2 - That's Better



A while back I made a foundation stick that worked, but was a fail. The color was fine, coverage was OK, but there was a serious texture issue that turned up after a short time of use.

Here's batch 2. This turned out much better – no hard, lumpy bits and nice, even texture all the way through.

If you think that means this was a total success, I'd have to say 'only partly'. We're still not quite there, but I'll get to that bit in a minute.