Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Infusing Oil With Coffee

If you have been following this blog or my Instagram account, you've probably noticed all kinds of different infusions and straining techniques going on throughout much of last year. (I've been working on material for an upcoming book.)

Some of what I've been experimenting with has been coffee in oil, and that's what we're going to do today: make coffee oil!

Friday, February 17, 2017

How to: Calm Steam Face Tea

This is simple, fun, inexpensive, and ridiculously easy to make.

And it's beneficial for the skin.

Not only is a face tea a perfect gift or giveaway, if you package it up a little fancy (check the glass tube up there), it's also a bit of eye candy.

That's just got to be a win win win.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

How to Dose Essential Oils in a Formula

In connection with this previous post, today's subject details a bit about why precision is so important when making formulas for skincare products.

We're going to touch on something some DIY'ers hardly even give a thought  –  how to dose essential oils in a formula.

You: Seriously, Lise? We need lessons in counting drops?

Me: You mean you're measuring by the drop?

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Working With Stinky Ingredients - Part 3

Last time we talked about stinky ingredients around here, I listed a few of my 'favorite' stinky cosmetics ingredients and promised to show you how to bend said stinkiness into pleasantness.  

To do this, we need to do a bit of nose exercise (and no, you don't need to learn how to wiggle your nose)

The first step to working with stinky ingredients is to get our perfuming noses on. Let's start whipping a few stinky ingredients into shape!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Colloidal Oats - Let's Make Our Own!

This is simply a matter of patience and a couple of good tools. And, if you happen to bake, there's double bonus here (all shall soon be revealed!).

Today, we're going to make our own version of colloidal oats! Shall we get started?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Working With Stinky Ingredients - Part 2

Late last year, I asked a few fellow formulators who use predominately natural ingredients if there were any particular ones they would categorize as stinky and hard to work with.

There was a literal flood of replies.

Apparantly, I am not the only one who finds some ingredients a little, pretty, awfully, ridiculously challenging to work with.

Friday, January 20, 2017

It's Called a Formula

This is not a rant. It's a question of semantics and you might even find it a bit nit-picky.

You might even be right.

I hear this term used constantly by home-crafters and DIY enthusiasts (which is understandable) but also occasionally from colleagues (which confuses me a bit).

Every time someone uses the word 'recipe' when they are talking about a formula, it tugs on a cringe-muscle.

Just a little teensy bit.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Discount Offer on Working With Shea Butter

It's the middle of January and in these cold, Northern parts where I live, the middle of the winter.

I've pretty much been slathering myself in skin-loving shea butter products since New Year: Oatmeal and Clay cleanser in the morning, Bare Basic Hydration Lotion for arms and legs, Super Soft Body Butter for feet, Lip and Cuticle Balm, and Whipped Butter has been my go-to nighttime moisturiser for face and neck.

It suddenly dawned on me that every one of these formulas is in the e-book you see up there.

Friday, January 13, 2017

How To Treat Baking Soda Burn

Baking Soda Burn has become an unexpected and painful reality for a heck of a lot of people who are simply trying to live a greener life.

Misinformation about commonly used deodorant ingredients continues to flourish, causing many to seek alternative solutions.

Unfortunately, a great number of these 'greener deodorant solutions' involve applying a chemical compound more commonly known as baking soda to the delicate skin of the armpits, causing a wide range of unfortunate reactions.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

How to Make Face Tea

In truth, this is simply a new name for a facial steam, but I quite like the idea of calling it face tea. It is not only easy to make, but in the dead, dark of (this Nordic) winter, there's no better time for a little skin pampering treat.

Let's make Face Tea!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Roots Formulating - a Quest for Ultimate Minimalism

When I started making cosmetics, there weren't nearly as many plant-based ingredients to choose from as there are today.

The list of vegetable oils was laughably short, the choice of emulsifiers was – let me think a moment – one (?), and hydrosols were so rare, it felt like Christmas to find a supplier who happened to carry any at all.

Happily, the direction has shifted dramatically toward greener solutions in recent years.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy 2017

It's already 2017! Did the New Year sneak up on you too? It sure did for me.

Even though it was all quite clearly right there on the calendar, it still managed to take me by surprise.

How did 2016 disappear so fast? Shall we dwell on it?


New Year, New Stuff to Do

We're going to get busy with all kinds of fun things around here this year.

But first, we're going to quietly ease into the fact that we have actually entered a New Year and crawl back into bed for a bit of a nap.

Tomorrow, we'll get a serious.


Stay tuned.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Thank You for 2016!

Thank you for sticking with me throughout 2016. It's been quite an eventful year!

If you've been reading along, you've undoubtedly gotten acquainted with how to make extracts with fresh foods.

We've explored powdered face cleansers, looked at cosmetic clays, examined shea butter, learned how to match our own skin tone with 4 pigments and discovered some exciting ingredients.

We've had all kinds of make-up fun with powder foundation, foundation stick, highlighter stick, lip and cheek tint, and more.

Let's look at the headlines.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Happy After Merriness

We're still in serious holiday mode around here. There simply isn't going to be any work for the next few days.

After enjoying family time and partaking of the traditional Christmas Eve meal and goodies, there are many many important things to do.

I made a check list.