Thursday, November 26, 2015

Winter Cold Fighting Tip

It's coming up on real winter. This time of year, the sniffles are almost unavoidable.


Here's a little cold-fighting tip that has always worked quite well for me, and may be just the thing for you too.

And you only need one thing - a small bottle of essential oil.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Quick and Easy Rhassoul Packets

Sooo, you've gotten thoroughly addicted to washing your hair with rhassoul but find it too fiddly to be constantly measuring and weighing portions.

I am on board with that.

Let's do something about it – immediately!

Here's a quick and easy way to prepare your rhassoul in perfectly proportioned packets (say that out loud 3 times, then let's get busy).

Sunday, November 15, 2015

LisaLise's Fail-Safe Whipped Shea Balm

A lot of home crafters (and pro cosmetics makers) have a love/hate relationship with shea butter. That's understandable.

What's to Love

Shea is a beautifully rich butter that melts in and nourishes the skin. It is extremely well tolerated and has reparative properties that are not to be dismissed. A neutral scent and color make shea an ideal base to work with.

Extra bonus: it's not even the priciest ingredient around.

What's Not to Love

Shea butter can be a real challenge to work with. Its sensitivity to temperature and 'special handling needs' can result in graininess, lumps, and surprise changes in consistency when incorporated into a product.

My Position 

Shea has far too much to offer in the way of skin and hair care to be dismissed. Over the years, I have worked with it countless ways - in emulsions, melt-and-pour products, bars, bath products, hair products, and a plethora of skin care products.

Along the way, there have been lots of opportunities to make mistakes. And there have been many. I have also learned from every one of them.

Today, I going to show you how to make a fail-safe, light whipped shea that might just become your favorite face-and-body balm.

Don't be daunted by the length of this instruction - the tips and detailed instruction are all there to help ensure a perfect result – even if you've never worked with shea before - and even if you've never made a skin care product before.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

How To - Instant Rhassoul Hair Wash

DIY skin and hair care can sometimes be laborious, fiddly, and/or time consuming – but not in this case!

Today we're going to make an instant hair wash that is suitable for all hair types (yes, really).

If you've never tried a hair mask with rhassoul (also known as Moroccan Soap Clay or Ghassoul), then you're in for a pleasant surprise. Not only will rhassoul cleanse your hair and scalp effectively, it's also recommended to help prevent dandruff and soothe itchy scalp.

Extra bonus: rhassoul is equally beneficial for skin.

Extra extra bonus: it's quite pocketbook friendly.

Let's get started!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Rhassoul - Cleansing with Mud

Today we're going to talk about dirt. Well, ok, not quite dirt, but it does come straight from the earth.

It's clay.

We're going to examine a particular clay that has some pretty amazing properties. As far as anyone knows, it is found only one place on the entire planet – in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

What's in the Atlas Mountains

The above pic is a little clue to what's coming up. We are looking at a view of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco – where the ingredient we are going to be focusing on comes from.

Here's a little clue: it's used for both skin care and hair care and has been for ages.

Yeah, I know, that wasn't much of a clue, but all will be revealed very soon. Promise!

Happy November!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween

If you celebrate Halloween, here's a tip for removing childrens face paint after the festivities.

I'm off to celebrate by doing a pumpkin mask...


Have a Spooky Fun Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2015

When Words Take on a Life of their Own

Sometimes, a word will enter my brain and promptly proceed to a (hopefully very small) area where there is an apparent constant disconnect. Words that decide to take up residence in this area will consistently mispronounce themselves when they come out of my mouth, or choose to unwaveringly misspell themselves when I write them. They will even be staunchly blind to repeated spell-check warnings and symbols.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

How-To Soap-Free Rose & Red Clay Face Cleanser

Looks like chocolate, smells like rose, feels like silk, and cleanses and nourishes skin like a dream.

Today, we're going to combine powdered rose, rhassoul and red clay for this no-soap, skin-loving cleanser. If you haven't tried making or using a soap-free face cleanser yet, maybe this how-to will inspire you to give it a try.

Don't worry if you don't have these exact ingredients at hand, I've listed possible substitutes.

Here's how I put this product together.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Testing Mallow as a Hair Coloring Agent

Admittedly, this one is pretty far out there. Can mallow dye hair - stain grey, or do anything else 'folk tales' claim?

Not long ago, I made a mallow concentrate with the express purpose of experiencing personally whether or not there was any truth to the stories.

Join me as I give this product a whirl as a hair colorant.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Are Preservatives Necessary in Make-up?

One would think a water-free, powder-based, mineral make-up wouldn't need any preservative. No water = no need for preservative, right?

Well, no.

Except, in some circumstances, yes.

It was Olivia's detailed question about this that inspired todays post.

She was also gracious enough to allow me to share her several-part query with you, so let's get busy with her questions.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Washing Coconut Oil from Hair and Scalp With Soapnut Decoction

Sooo, you've applied a pre-shampoo coconut oil treatment to your hair and let nourish and condition your scalp and hair for 15 minutes. 

You're ready to remove it, but don't want to use shampoo.

You'd much rather use your soapnut decoction because you've fallen in love with what it does for your hair.


You're not inclined to spend an hour and use a barrelful of product just to remove a bit of coconut oil. 

A quandry to be sure.

Luckily, there is a way.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

DIY Hair Cleanser - As Basic as it Gets

My life has changed. That is to say, my hair life has changed. It's utterly back to basics.

What you're looking at may just be my final goodbye to shampoo.

After testing soapnut decoction as a scalp and hair cleanser for 3 months, it has quite simply remained a favorite.

Many repeat batches have been made.

And it continues to work beautifully.

Over 6 months have passed, and it's now my preferred go-to for hair and scalp cleansing.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Soap-free Mean Green Face Cleanser

This would have looked prettier if the product hadn't decided to spill up into the lid while I was transporting it ever so carefully to the right place in the refrigerator so it could set.

Nonetheless: pictured above is my latest fave soap-free cleanser - a combo of green ingredients that are great for the Fall season, look fun on the face (the green monster look is all the rage), and smell fabulous to boot.

Here's how to put together a 'Mean Green' soap-free facial cleanser.