Sunday, March 26, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
I've been on an extensive, several-part research session that turned up differing answers, more questions and a whole lot of interesting info about microns, particle sizes, and oats for skincare that we're going to be looking at today.
Who could imagine oats could be such a mind-blowing ingredient?
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Get ready for a bit of a ride as we examine colloidal oats, because there are going to be a few twists and turns along the way!
Friday, March 10, 2017
Welcome to part 4 in this mini-series of working with stinky ingredients!
Now that you've been exercising your nose and making all kinds of amazing discoveries at how clever your nostrils are at picking out subtle details and undertones (if not, check the links below to previous posts), let's get busy with today's project.
We're going to 'bend' the scent of a very popular ingredient for skincare and haircare: cocoa butter.
It almost seems unfair to call this a stinky ingredient. Most people love the smell and taste of a chocolate bar. I know I do. I actually also love the scent of cocoa butter if I am thinking of food.
But we're putting it on our skin.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
That creamy-looking balm up there is actually an oil. It's from Brazil and goes by the name Babassu Oil.
I started getting acquainted with it sometime last year (or was it 2015?). I'll admit I've had quite a bit on my plate for longer than I care to admit, so when my first order arrived (way back when), it just sat there in the stockroom cooler for a couple of months.
When I finally got around to testing it out, I fell in love.
A whole lot.
Let's have a look as what Babassu (also called Cusi) oil has to offer.
Monday, February 27, 2017
It's at least a zillion years since we did a fresh food mask around here. Correction: it's a zillion years since we even did a mask around here.
You think I'm exaggerating? Do a search and see for yourself. The last one was in 2014. That's three (zillion) years ago!
(insert small gasp)
That changes right now!
Do you have a bit of cucumber?
A bit of clay?
You've already got the basics at hand. Let's get busy!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
If you have been following this blog or my Instagram account, you've probably noticed all kinds of different infusions and straining techniques going on throughout much of last year. (I've been working on material for an upcoming book.)
Some of what I've been experimenting with has been coffee in oil, and that's what we're going to do today: make coffee oil!
Friday, February 17, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
In connection with this previous post, today's subject details a bit about why precision is so important when making formulas for skincare products.
We're going to touch on something some DIY'ers hardly even give a thought – how to dose essential oils in a formula.
You: Seriously, Lise? We need lessons in counting drops?
Me: You mean you're measuring by the drop?
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Last time we talked about stinky ingredients around here, I listed a few of my 'favorite' stinky cosmetics ingredients and promised to show you how to bend said stinkiness into pleasantness.
To do this, we need to do a bit of nose exercise (and no, you don't need to learn how to wiggle your nose)
The first step to working with stinky ingredients is to get our perfuming noses on. Let's start whipping a few stinky ingredients into shape!
Monday, January 30, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Late last year, I asked a few fellow formulators who use predominately natural ingredients if there were any particular ones they would categorize as stinky and hard to work with.
There was a literal flood of replies.
Apparantly, I am not the only one who finds some ingredients
Friday, January 20, 2017
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
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.