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.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Holidays

It's holiday time in Denmark and the country (well, pretty much all of Scandinavia) has closed up shop and is busy making mulled wine, setting out trays of goodies and preparing for non-stop hygge.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Summer Holiday in One Day

This tradition started a mere few years ago. My husband and I had decided to visit a spa prior to the 'holiday rush'.

Our reasoning was simple: this would be our summer-holiday-in-one-day as we hadn't had any vacation time that year.

We both discovered it was indeed possible to cram an entire holiday into a single spa visit.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The 2016 Self-Appointed Deodorant Challenge in Review

It's (already) the last month of the year – time to look back and take stock of what's been going on.

This first peek at some of my 2016 activities has not been documented much on this blog – partly because this project is not a success story. Yet.

To be honest, it has been batch after batch of tests and many fails.

But did you notice I said 'yet'?

That's because I haven't given up on this idea.


Above: some carefully selected ingredients
The Object: to combine them into an easy-to-make, functional, DIY deodorant.

The white ingredients are 'acceptably natural' (read: what folks who aren't used to working with INCI names would most likely feel comfortable working with).

The green ingredient is dried plant material.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Working With Stinky Ingredients - Part 1

Working with natural (plant-based) ingredients has its occasional challenges. Some of the (beneficial) ingredients I work with have an inherently heavy, sharp, pungent, musky, or otherwise less than appealing scent.

Ok, that was the diplomatic description.

Some of them are so stinky that there is instant nose-wrinkling and the instinctive pull-back when the seal is broken and the package is opened.

Yes, that stinky.

At the same time, they have all kinds of skin-loving goodness to offer, so they do deserve a chance.

Choices must be made.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Vanilla Infused Oil - Straining

A couple of weeks back, we started a vanilla oil infusion and did a comparison test of vanilla bean quality.

Today, we strain and check out the final product and, as promised, I'm going to share an easy peasy straining tip that is perfect for smaller amounts.

Shall we strain our vanilla-infused oil?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

When Price Gouging Probably Isn't

This happened on a forum for cosmetics-makers recently. The subject of discussion was a luxury, pricey face serum made by a small cosmetics company.

There were quite a few opinions being offered, and the discussion got a little heated.

One participant (let's call her Sally) was utterly appalled and angrily accused the company of price gouging.