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.

Friday, July 24, 2015

SoapNut vs SoapRoot - Which is the Better Face Cleanser?

Testing soaproot and soapnut face cleansing ability this spring/summer has been both interesting and fun. Here are my experiences with these 2 natural surfactants and how their face cleansing properties and abilities compare. 

If you just popped in and want more background, you'll find links to previous posts (and a couple of how-to's so you can make your own) at the bottom of this post.

Now, let's get serious about these test results!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

How Essential Oils May Be the Answer to Anosmia

Imagine having no sense of smell.

It's hard, because we actually use our sense of smell for much more than we realize. For example, without a sense of smell, it's impossible to taste what we're eating.

A sense of smell is necessary to enjoy ice cream...

.. or a spring morning

.. or a flower

.. or the scent of fresh baked bread.

Now, imagine going in for an operation and waking up after the anesthesia with your sense of smell gone.

Completely vanished.

And it doesn't come back.

That's exactly what happened to Birthe.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

How To - Foaming Face Wash with Plants

Even though I normally prefer a healthy dose of luxury factor in my products, there were many positives to be had with this little exercise in 'roots' skin care (you'll get the subtle pun here in a minute).

As a matter of fact, these face washes are both so back-to-the-roots, you may even find them too earthy for your taste.

Today, we're going to use SoapNut and/or SoapRoot as a face cleanser (that subtle pun should start kicking in about now).

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Potassium Alum – Aluminium or Not?

Danielle, who is a chemist, left a great comment on an earlier post not too long ago. Her comment inspired me to revisit the ingredient you see above (in crystal form) and try to answer a few questions.

This ingredient is used – among many other things – as an active in deodorants. It's called potassium alum.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Deconcoction Comparison: Soapnut vs Soaproot

So, we've made 2 lovely soapy deconcoctions. Before we start testing them for different uses, let's adjourn to the lab and have a look at how these 2 natural surfactants behave in a side-by-side comparison test!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Say Something Nice

I have an account on a social media app called Vine. If you're interested, you can find me there under the name LisaLise.

Above is a screen shot of one of my vines. I added a red ring around part of the comments field because that's the focus of this post.

That little text is visible in every comments field on Vine.

It says: Say something nice.

What a great way to encourage kindness!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

How to - Soapnut Deconcoction

You're already an old pro at making a deconcoction from the earlier post where we made one with soaproot, so let's jump straight into making a deconcoction with soapnuts (also called soap berries). If you're curious to know a bit more about soapnuts, check the links at the bottom of this post.

The method is quite similar, but there are a few soapnut-specific tips to be had, so let's go through the process step by step.