Saturday, December 7, 2013
Isn't this just the image of sunshine and freshness? These lovely plants have all kinds of great things to offer us - both internally and externally.
The common name of calendula officinalis is Pot Marigold. The fact that Calendula's INCI name ends with officinalis means this plant has a history of medicinal use. Let's have a closer look at the properties of this lovely flower.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Tina asked in this post
"I always wonder when I read those very long ingredients lists with good oils, butters and stuff. When you add so many different things, you end up with such a small amount of one specific ingredient on your skin - how much good will it do my skin? Would it be better to keep it simple?
This Q applies to my own oil blends and creams/body butters as well – is there a limit to how many oils I should mix? Does it actually make a product better to keep adding ingredients or is there such a thing as too much of the good stuff?"
This is an excellent question Tina!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
If I had all kinds of super expensive fancy equipment to test my products, I would be able to finish developing them a lot faster.
My products are all tested 'in real time'. Sometimes that means having to dump a product after months of it 'behaving nicely'. Some products will actually fool you and behave nicely for what seems like forever – then go wonky (practically) overnight.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Party season approaches with rapid steps. It's time to get serious. You may be working extra hours, partying hardily or just in need of a pick-me-up.
Eye Love You Moisturising Mask is waiting to sooth and smooth your tired eyes.
No samples sizes this time. I'm getting into the Christmas spirit and giving away full sized products for 3 lucky winners.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Here it is. creamy, lovely and nothing at all like the mush from this previous post. After working on perfecting the texture of my stick deodorant since 2012 and reintroducing ingredients I feared were on the way out (but seem to be on the way in again), it looks like this might just be the winner.
I say this with a certain hesitation.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
I know the title sounds odd. Aloe Vera isn't normally associated with anything even close to being hazardous.
Chris asked me to have a look at the growing concerns about the possible hazards of aloe vera. In researching this, I came across several new studies that prompted me to take a fresh view of this succulent.
Let's examine how such a popular ingredient with such an innocent reputation can be any kind of hazard, and also take a look at whether or not it can actually do what proponents claim it can do.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Rikke wrote me the other day and mentioned that she always enjoyed reading but that it was a bit of a chore to leave a comment from a mobile device due to the 'captcha' window popping up and asking you to 'prove you aren't a robot'.
Personally, I'm not crazy about having to jump through all kinds of online hoops to leave comments on blogs either, so I decided to untick the function to see if it mattered all that much.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
A while back, I did a couple of posts about how to make, strain and bottle your own tinctures. It's fun, easy, relatively inexpensive, and quite rewarding! Tinctures offer a world of different uses. Extra bonus: you simply can't avoid getting to know more about your herbs and their properties when you start making tinctures.
Fair warning: making tinctures is fun, educational, and a little addictive.
Today I'm going to show you how super easy it is to make a soothing skin spray with calendula tincture.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
This year has proved to be a truly tincture-filled one as I found a renewed interest in infusing different herbs in alcohol late this Spring. Getting re-aquainted with my favorite herbs 'in an alcohol setting' has been fun and has inspired a few new products.
Above are the herbs presently 'brewing' in my tincture cupboard:
on the left – lavender
on the right – cornflower
These were both started the other day, and the lavender one has already turned a gorgeous deep purple color.
Below are links that will show you how to make your own tincture, but first, let's take a look at tinctures and see what they can be used for.