Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Working With Shea Butter - Skincare Formulas, Tips & Tricks

Hello, you lovely, inspirational reader of this blog! That book up there is my attempt at answering every question you have ever asked me about shea butter.

I think it's quite fair to say you inspired this book.

When I started working on it, I honestly expected it to be a rather small-ish, not-too-many-pages, handy-dandy little DIY guide, but it just kept growing. There were so many things to get to the bottom of, and more questions popped up, and then more things had to be examined and tested.

So it ended up taking 2 years and grew to a full 72 pages of non-stop shea buttery-ness.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

How To: Glycerite with Fresh Blackberries

Well, it's official. I've become a fresh food glycerite addict. So, before we start getting serious about other Fall-related activities, allow me to share with you the final summer berry glycerite of the year.

We're going to be more hands-on with this one with a slightly different straining process, so don your latex gloves and let's get busy with blackberries!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Liquid Lotion

I developed this product recently for a lovely lady in her late 70's with very sensitive skin. When I say sensitive, I mean very very sensitive.

She cannot wear any make-up, and her face is frequently 'dotted' with dry patches that are flakey, itchy, irritated, and red.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Whipped Shea With a Non Greasy Touch

I'll bet with all the stuff going on around here lately you thought I forgot all about updating you on the shea testing I have been working on this (and last) year.



There it is up there.

A whipped shea that melts in without that typical 'shea-greasy feel'.

The greasy feeling has reduced to nothingness – a mere whisper.

And after all the tests and batches and tweaking and more testing, the answer seems so simple and straightforward. (It always does when you finally find it, doesn't it?)

There's a single teensy bit of magic you need to add to achieve this light-as-air, non-greasy feel, and because I think you're the best – ever – I'm, going to share it with you.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Colored Foam - The Natural Way

Well this is a super cool discovery! Check the colors of the foams that just came out of these 2 hair and body washes!

Not only do they have a tint of color, they also carry a distinctly recognizable scent of the original fruit from whence they come.

(insert little happy dance)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Jojoba - Family Style

In  all my years of working with jojoba, I have never known it to have the rich, golden color you see in the bottle above. Neither have I known jojoba to have any scent.

That changed when tried this smoky-warm scented liquid, organically grown and processed by a family in Arizona who have been doing nothing but making jojoba for the past 35 years.

I asked Allison Aronstam to share a bit about how her family at Oro de Sonora makes their jojoba. She not only accepted, but she rushed out and took these exclusive photos of their facilities.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ingesting Essential Oils (and Applying them Neat) is Asking For Trouble

It has apparently become a 'thing' to ingest essential oils and/or apply them neat to skin. People are getting hurt because of this dangerous trend and there has even been a rise in children being admitted to poison centers.

I am horrified to see some essential oil purveyors instructing their customers how to 'safely' use essential oils.

One advises to 'dilute 1 drop essential oil with 3 drops of carrier oil for topical use'.

Another recommends applying neat to different areas of the body and have dubbed this 'raindrop technique'.

Excuse me?!?!!?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Wash Your Hair With Mud - For Real

You've been watching me fool around with this stuff for ages, and there's a reason for it – I've fallen head over heels in love.

It's been (just shy of) 2 years since I used shampoo and there isn't a hair conditioner in sight anywhere in my home, yet my hair is soft, clean, shiny, manageable, and feels absolutely fabulous.

Yes, really.

But as much as I love this stuff to bits and pieces, it is admittedly fiddly to use.

So that bit simply had to be solved.

And because rhassoul clay is completely scent free, the longer I used it, the more I wished for a subtle, magical whiff of natural freshness with my hair cleansing experience.

Challenge: remove fiddliness and introduce a touch of magic – can't be much of a problem to solve, can it?

Who would have imagined it could take this long...

Friday, September 9, 2016

Glycerine, Glycerites and Preservative Power

A lot of you lovely readers have been inspired by the glycerites I have been making lately, and several of you have asked me about the preservative power of glycerine.

Can glycerine function as a stand-alone preservative in a glycerite?

This is an excellent question.


Because the answer is not as straightforward as you were undoubtedly hoping it was going to be, but stick with me and we'll take a serious look at the hows and whys of glycerites and the preservative power of glycerine.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Brand New and All Because of You!

You made all this happen. Yes, you!

Loads of you fabulous people have been asking me for natural skincare products you can make yourself without needing a ton of experience, equipment or ingredients.

You know I can't say no to you, don't you?

So that's exactly what I've been working on – for a while now.

As a matter of fact, if you read this blog regularly, you've been following the development of many of these products right here over the past year. (cool, huh?)

So, thanks to you and your inspiration..

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Glycerine - Uses and Properties

Even though glycerine has been a staple in my stockroom for ages, it has remained one of those 'background ingredients'.

But that all changed this year.

These past few months, glycerine has made its way into a front and center position due to a series of glycerite how-to's on this blog.

Since you ask.

A glycerite is an extract made with herbs (flowers, or other substance) using glycerine as the main medium of extraction – a glycerine extract, if you will.

That picture up there is a lemon glycerite being strained (and yes, it smells deliciously of fresh lemon).

My recent glycerite how-to's have been so popular with you lovely readers that I have gotten all kinds of feedback and questions from you, so today we're going to take a closer look at glycerine.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

LisaLise's Guide to Cosmetic Clays

Clay is a fabulous and incredibly diverse ingredient to work with. Clays are great in masks, cleansers, color cosmetics – even emulsions and toothpaste (something we'll be getting into a little later on around here).

There are so many clays with so many different names that it can be hard for a clay-newbie (yes, that is an expression I just made up) to decide where to start.

Several of you have asked me for a quick overview of the most common clays used in skin and hair care products, so today – just for you – we're going to get down and dirty with clay!

LisaLise's Guide to Cosmetic Clays

  • Bentonite 
  • Diatomaceous Earth 
  • French Green Clay 
  • French Illite Clays 
  • Fuller's Earth 
  • Kaolin
  • Rhassoul 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

How To: Blueberry Glycerite

There have been glycerites galore around here lately, and before the summer season disappears completely, let's make one more, luscious, lovely extract with glycerine.

Because we can.

We're getting a bit advanced with this one, because blueberries can be a bit tricky to work with, but you can totally do this, so get out your equipment and let's get busy with blueberries!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Tattoos, Skincare and a Man on a Mission

Although I have never had a tattoo, a couple of years ago I developed a special-order product for after-tat skin care. During the process of creating Tattoo Soothe Skin Mist, I got acquainted with the world of ‘getting inked’.

One thing that struck me at that time (and doesn’t seem to have changed much since) was the general lack of information about pre and after-tat skincare – everywhere!

But that is starting to change, thanks to the gentleman you see above.

Meet Dan Hunter – he's all about skincare – particularly in relation to tattoos.

Earlier this year, Dan launched Authority Tattoo which is quickly gaining recognition and attention from folks all over the tattoo industry.

I asked Dan if he would share his story with me, and he kindly agreed to let me share it with you.