Tuesday, October 6, 2015

DIY Hair Cleanser - As Basic as it Gets

My life has changed. That is to say, my hair life has changed. It's utterly back to basics.

What you're looking at may just be my final goodbye to shampoo.

After testing soapnut deconcoction as a scalp and hair cleanser for 3 months, it has quite simply remained a favorite.

Many repeat batches have been made.

And it continues to work beautifully.

Over 6 months have passed, and it's now my preferred go-to for hair and scalp cleansing.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Soap-free Mean Green Face Cleanser

This would have looked prettier if the product hadn't decided to spill up into the lid while I was transporting it ever so carefully to the right place in the refrigerator so it could set.

Nonetheless: pictured above is my latest fave soap-free cleanser - a combo of green ingredients that are great for the Fall season, look fun on the face (the green monster look is all the rage), and smell fabulous to boot.

Here's how to put together a 'Mean Green' soap-free facial cleanser.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Rose Lotion Bars - a Successful Failure

Even though I haven't written about it for a while, lotion bar development has been a continuous and ongoing process in the LisaLise lab for well over 2 years now.

Lotion bars are not only fun to experiment with, but so easy and fast to make that you can practically formulate on the fly.

Above: my latest batch of lotion bars with ingredients list - fresh out of the fridge after setting. For this batch, I've added an ingredient I've never worked with before: rose floral wax.

The scent?
Absolutely divine!

The feel?
Absolutely superb!

The texture?
Absolutely a re-do...

Monday, September 21, 2015

Floral Wax and Enfleurage

They may not look like much, but the little yellowish lumps you see above are quite multifunctional and the deliciously fragrant star of today's post.

Rose floral wax (as those lumps above are otherwise known) came to my attention via Tina, maker of fabulous handcrafted soaps.

Floral Wax

Floral wax has everything to do with flowers, but not as much to do with wax as the name might suggest. Before we start getting serious about using this lovely ingredient in a product - let's look at how a floral wax comes to be.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

LisaLise at the Make-up Department

Due to reasons beyond my control, I recently found myself standing in a large make-up department in need of an eyeshadow in a specific shade.

A nearby counter displayed a massive collection of colors – a suitable place to start.

A few moments later, a voice said, 'May I show you our selections?'

I looked up with a smile as the saleslady continued  'All of our eyeshadows are really safe - they're 100% paraben-free'.

Aw, jeez.

My smile faded...

Friday, September 11, 2015

Mallow Hair Gel

Pictured above: a long shot.

In all likelihood, this exercise will do nothing more than allow me to cross this one off of my to-do list.

Nonetheless, it must be tried.

Today, we're experimenting with Mallow (INCI: Malva sylvestris). Mallow has lovely properties for both hair and skin. It also has a fabulous, deep purple color – so deep that it colors other things.

Even hair.

Or so some say.

And even though I know this will only work if the gel is combined with a series of additional ingredients (that I would not be happy to put on my hair), maybe – just maybe – it will work anyway.

Because sometimes things don't turn out as expected.

And, if all else fails, this will make a great conditioning hair mask.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Eyeshadow Emergency

This picture pretty much sums up my reaction to the incident that resulted in my very first eyeshadow emergency.

I didn't realize one could even have an eyeshadow emergency.

But one can.

And it happened.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DIY Honey Cleanser - Packaging Method

If this DIY got any easier, well, I don't even know what to say. Quite simply, it can't get any easier.


The being easy part isn't even the best part of this exercise. The best part is the skin-loving part.

You probably already know this, but here's a quick recap from earlier posts.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Can Caffeine Make Hair Grow?

Pictured: an artsy computer rendering of a caffeine molecule.

That's what we're looking at today – caffeine. Not from a coffee-drinking viewpoint, but from a topically-applied, hair-growing viewpoint.

Caffeine-laden shampoos have actually been on the market for quite a while - all promising to boost hair growth, but is it just marketing hype?

Can caffeine make hair grow?

If you ask science, the answer is something like:
'documentation from laboratory tests show multiple indicators that topically applied caffeine has the ability to encourage hair growth'.

(that's science-speak for 'yeah, it looks that way')

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dear 200.000 Armpits - It's Not Your Fault

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might have noticed that 'Popular posts this week' on the sidebar always seems to have the same post at the top.

In fact, the post Why your DIY Baking Soda Deodorant is Causing a Skin Reaction has been at the top for quite some time.

This particular post has been visited over 100.000 times.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Soaproot vs Soapnut Hair Cleanser - Which is Best?

Here's my hair (and a slice of the phone that photographed it). It feels fresh, clean and – if I do say so myself – has a pretty healthy-looking shine to it.

My shampoo has been standing on the shelf for the past 3 months – untouched.

In the name of science (and my insatiable curiosity), I've been testing alternative hair-cleansing methods.

Some people call this going 'no poo'.

I don't.

I call it testing alternative hair-cleansing methods – I'm funny that way.

Regardless of the term, this exercise has been both enlightening and provided some surprising results – almost all positive.

So positive that repeat batches have been made. Several times.

Below are my notes on how deconcoctions of soaproot and soapnut have functioned as hair cleansers on my (fine, straight) hair for the past 3 months. At the bottom of the post you'll find links to learn how to make your own.

Monday, August 10, 2015

LisaLise at The 'Health Shop'

Normally, I really do try to keep myself from correcting sales people when they dish out thumbsuck about cosmetics ingredients but the other day, I had to make an exception.

The scene: a pop-up health shop
The situation: me, looking for a crystal deodorant

They didn't have what I was looking for, but this particularly perky salesperson didn't want to loose a customer and quickly offered an alternative.

"How about trying a brand new natural deodorant?" she said grabbing a jar from the shelf.

"It has all natural coconut oil and baking soda – it's chemical-free and really effective!" she explained.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How To - Soapnut and Soaproot Hair & Scalp Cleansers

Both soaproot and soapnut are amazing plants. They contain all-natural surfactants that can create suds with the mere addition of water and a bit of agitation. These suds are quite useful for cleaning things - even laundry. But since LisaLise is (mostly) about skin and hair care, we're going to learn how to cleanse our hair and scalp with soaproot, soapnut or even both!

Both of these products are as basic as can be – simple, budget-friendly deconcoctions that are easy to make.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Which Labels Can We Trust?

Sometimes, researching things presents me with information I am not the least bit happy to discover, like some of the information in todays post.

Let's examine a term that's been around so long, it's a part of everyday Western life. It's found on labels everywhere – household products, products for pets, and childrens products.

The term: Non-Toxic.

Non-toxic is a stamp of approval - an assurance of safety. Any time we see a product labelled NON TOXIC, we feel confident that the contents is safe and can't cause the slightest bit of discomfort to either adults or children, nor will it harm the environment in any way. 

Non-toxic means all that, right?

Unfortunately, no.

In fact, not even close.