Sunday, May 24, 2015

Green Tea and Apple Cleanser

In a recent post, I raved to you about the fabulous natural perfuming power of powdered apple. After enjoying it as an addition to my foaming hair and body wah, I just had to add it to a face cleanser to see how it fares in an anhydrous formula.

Guess what.

It fares quite happily.

The scent of fresh apple is an absolutely fabulous treat to the nose while the rest of the ingredients are do their gently cleansing duty.

Here's a peek at the ingredients and process of putting together my latest cleanser.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Vitamin D From Sun Exposure? It Depends

We're not going to talk about sunblock today. We're going to talk about vitamin D and the fact that your skin can magically make vitamin D from exposure to the sun.

Cool huh?

It is said that a mere 15 minutes of exposure is enough time for your body to magically provide you with the necessary daily dose of vitamin D.

In truth however, it depends.

Not only does it depend on which part of the planet you are living, but also what time of year you decide to soak up some rays.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Powdered Apple - Instant Natural Perfume!

Meet my latest (ingredient) love. Not the lady – the apples!

Yes, really - apples.

This common fruit brings all kinds of happiness to your nose when it is added to a skin care product.

Pyrus malus fruit extract is quite literally helping me through this extended time of limited lab space access and product development.

Friday, May 8, 2015

LisaLise Secret Weapon Tip of The Day

Above: a little secret weapon of mine. This little handy dandy machine is perfect for cosmetics.


It mixes pigments for face powder, foundations, and blush perfectly, smoothly, and effortlessly.

It pulverizes dried herbs into powdery perfection. Check what it did with this dried lavender – in one minute flat:

Monday, May 4, 2015

Orange Powder for Skin and Hair

Looking at this picture, I'm tempted to pull out a glass of water and make myself a refreshing drink. But I won't, because this powder is quite tart to the taste. Besides, I have other plans for it.

Although powdered orange peel (INCI: Citrus aurantium peel powder) is mainly taken as a health supplement for everything from weight loss to mucus suppression, it also offers benefits with topical application.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Unnamed Skin Saver

Pictured above: my skin sanity during this hectic Spring of building projects, moving both office and home, and non-stop hectic-ness (I know that's not a word, but there you have it anyway).

Even though I've been using this super-light gel since January, there hasn't been time to do a label so for now, it's 'borrowing' a Rose skin mist label.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Orange and Amla Cleanser with Soaproot

Here is my latest soap-free cleanser – it contains ayurvedic amla, orange peel powder and soaproot.


Calling this cleanser soap-free is a bit unfair. There is actually some 'soapiness' in this cleanser. Soaproot (soapwort or about 50 other names) gets its name for a reason. It is an all natural surfactant in the form of a plant (yes, really).

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Are You Thick Skinned About Eye Cream?

Calling someone thick skinned isn't exactly a compliment, but from a wrinkle-fighting standpoint, being thick skinned is actually an advantage.

The more 'plumped up' skin is, the firmer it is and smoother it appears.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Microwave Body and Hair Butter

Body and hair butter? Yes indeed!

If you are a curlie and looking for a smooth butter to nourish your beautiful curls, you can label this formula 'hair and body butter', because this combination is just as curl loving as it is skin-loving.

And, to keep things as basic and simple as possible, we're going to make body butter in the microwave!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Cleansing Bar Catalog Update

I've been a bit lazy about updating you on the latest additions to the cleansing bar catalog. That changes now! 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tinas Hand Crafted Soaps

The other day, I received a package. Here's what was inside: An avocado soap, an oatmeal yoghurt soap, a honey, cream & lanolin soap (up there on the left), and sample sizes of rose and egg soap.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Grainy Body Butter? Here's Why

So, you've made a lovely body butter with your favorite avocado oil and it sets beautifully. Life is a joy! Your skin is loving the creamy smoothness of your very own creation, and you are patting your back at how fabulous you are.

A few days pass.

Or maybe a week.

Suddenly – without warning – you open the jar to grab a dab and, shock! The contents has completely changed! Your creamy smooth, lovely body butter is now grainy and looks like this.

Monday, March 30, 2015

How To - 3 Ingredient Body Butter With Shea

Today, we're going to make a deliciously honey-scented body butter. By using a neutral-smelling oil and a neutral-smelling butter, the glorious scent of the beeswax shines through.

This recipe is quite basic - only 3 ingredients - and is a great way to get better acquainted with shea butter.

Shea has all sort of skin-loving goodness to offer, but can be a tad tricky to work with. Not to worry! There's a troubleshooting bit below as well as links to more info.

Shall we get started?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How To – Body Butter with Shea

Let's make a body butter with shea!

I know what you're thinking.

Oh no, Lise! Not shea! It's too darn unreliable to work with and you never know if it's going to turn out grainy!

But here's the thing.

We're going to use Jonnas rendering method to ensure a grain-free butter.

Your body butter is going to be the creamiest, smoothest, most skin loving body butter you ever made.


Shall we get started?