Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Serious Make-Up in The Purse Test

I know this isn't the prettiest sight you've ever seen on this blog (or probably anywhere else), but what you're looking at here is hard science – kind of.

Sometimes, my product testing gets ugly.

Real ugly.

Like, being-dropped-into-a-purse-and-banged-around-and-mistreated-for-a-good-long-time ugly.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sample Sized Lotion Bars and The Continued Quest

Ever since finding the ideal containers for sample sized lotions bars, I've been on a hunt for the ideal form so I could fill these cute little tins and start using them.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Men, Lip balm, and Change

If there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's that most men are a pretty conservative bunch. Men just don't like change very much; not with what's served for dinner, not with where things belong (anywhere) in the house, not with clothes styles and, well, pretty much anything else.

Children are the same in many respects, but in my experience, men are more reluctant than kids to try something new.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Logic of 'If A, Then B'

The term 'if A, then B' is regularly mentioned on this blog, and a couple of you have asked me to explain this in a bit more detail.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Making of a New Serum: Orange Blossom

Here's one of my latest personal-formula products: Orange Blossom Serum. It's a special order product from a regular client.

The request description: "My skin is beginning to feel drier in general and I need something that really sinks in and moisturises. Can you make something light and non-greasy-feeling that really has staying power and can be used on the face as well as eye area? Oh, and can you make it so I can use it either day or night?"

Happy to!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cucumber Seed Oil - Sublime for Skin and Hair

Cucumber and oil in the same sentence seems a little odd, doesn't it? Cucumbers are all about droplets of watery freshness and a mild scent of green dewiness. Cucumber doesn't associate with anything oily.

Nevertheless, there is an oil that has its origins in cucumber – the seeds to be exact – and I've been in love with it ever since I started working with it last year.

Cucumber seed oil is a skin-loving joy to use that I don't expect to grow tired of any time soon.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

When Bigger Isn't Better

Mini sized anything fascinates me - but I find mini sized cosmetics particularly irresistible. Aside from being so adorable looking you just want to put them your purse and carry them around, the mini-sized container can actually be preferable to a normal sized container.

I discovered this with these sample-size mascara containers. They hold a mere 4 ml (check them next to my normal sized business card), but they're perfect – not for mascara samples (well, ok, yes, that too), but for my eyelash conditioner.

Sometimes, bigger is definitely not better.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Connection Between Itchy Scalp, Hair Dye, and Artificial Sweeteners

This had me scratching my head a year ago when my friend posed a question. It started a research session, and another, and another.

It would seem there haven't been a whole lot of studies done on itchy scalp (otherwise known as pruritus).

Nope, sorry. That's a complete and utter exaggeration.

The fact is – in the entire world of scientific examination and study – there isn't a single study to be found on itchy scalp.

Not a one.


Yes, really.

I'll bet you're itching to know where we go from here, aren't you? (sorry, I just had to throw that in).

Friday, August 15, 2014

Stir-Free Salt Scrub

For the longest time, I've wanted to get serious about developing a new kind of exfoliating scrub – something apart from the usual salt + oil combos so common to both the natural and commercial market. My own scrub was developed ages ago, but despite how lovely it makes my skin feel, I've almost stopped using it.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Better Butter Test - Who Won?

Approximately 10 months ago, I started a series of test batches of lotion bars using the same formula for each batch. Only the butter was different for each version.

The goal: to find the ultimate butter for lotion bars – one that would hold firm, yet soften and deliver the perfect amount of lotion upon skin contact. It would moisturise and pamper tired dry skin, chapped skin, rough patches, and cracked heels in the most luxurious and effective way.

Although it has been hard work slathering my feet, hands, legs, lips, elbows, and even face with lotion bar buttery goodness, it's a sacrifice that had to be made (insert winking eye here).

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Guest Blogging at Personal Care Truth or Scare

I'm incredibly flattered that Personal Care - Truth or Scare has asked to publish one of my blog posts on their site.

Being published alongside so many esteemed scientists is truly an honour, and I have been strutting about like a peacock ever since the request.

If you follow this blog, you may have already read the post 'Why raw honey lasts forever', but if not, please pop over and read it right here!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Self Challenge Face Mask- Update

Guess what. I seem to have found a solution to my 'can't be bothered doing a mask' laziness.

It's in those 2 bottles up there. An invisible, easy-to-use leave-on mask.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Easy Peeling Mask

If there was a spoon instead of a brush in the cup above, this might have looked like the remains of breakfast.

In fact, it's the remains of an easy peasy peeling mask.

Today, we're going to combine chemical exfoliation with flowers, dirt, and food to freshen, tone, and nourish the skin.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you may have already made your own flowers, dirt, and food face wash with your fave ingredients.

If that's the case, you're pretty much ready to rock and roll!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Spirulina - Going Green (And Clean)

Spirulina is fabulous. I know because I've been using it regularly as an ingredient in my morning face cleanser for about half a year.

Although mostly tested and used as a food supplement, spirulina also has a lot to offer with topical use.

Let's take a closer look at the dark green powder that many have been raving about.