Monday, March 30, 2015

How To - 3 Ingredient Body Butter With Shea

Today, we're going to make a deliciously honey-scented body butter. By using a neutral-smelling oil and a neutral-smelling butter, the glorious scent of the beeswax shines through.

This recipe is quite basic - only 3 ingredients - and is a great way to get better acquainted with shea butter.

Shea has all sort of skin-loving goodness to offer, but can be a tad tricky to work with. Not to worry! There's a troubleshooting bit below as well as links to more info.

Shall we get started?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How To – Body Butter with Shea

Let's make a body butter with shea!

I know what you're thinking.

Oh no, Lise! Not shea! It's too darn unreliable to work with and you never know if it's going to turn out grainy!

But here's the thing.

We're going to use Jonnas rendering method to ensure a grain-free butter.

Your body butter is going to be the creamiest, smoothest, most skin loving body butter you ever made.


Shall we get started?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Which One Do You Want?

Sooo, while my stockroom is only semi-accessible (packed in boxes), I decided to compensate for the limited lab access by sorting through notes and catching up on some writing. Then I noticed how big the how-to page on this blog has gotten.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hair Wax How To

Remember when hair wax was a must-have for every hairdo? That's how long I've been making this hair wax.

It provides a medium hold, making it useful for a variety of short and semi-short hair-do's.

This formula is easy-peasy, quick to make, and has quite simply never failed me. As a matter of fact, I've never even been tempted to tweak it.

Not even once.

I wish I could take credit for creating it, but I can't. It is from Danish Urtegaarden. For those of you who prefer reading the original (in Danish), there's a link at the bottom of this post.

Shall we get started?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How to - 2 Ingredient Body Butter with Wax and Oil

This fail-safe body butter can be done in a flash and needs only 2 ingredients. It's perfect for beginners and won't even think of breaking your budget.

But don't be fooled.

Just because it's inexpensive and a snap to make, don't think this body butter won't be the most fabulous skin-loving balm for hands, cuticles, feet, dry patches, elbows, or lips that you've ever tried.

Prepare to get hooked on your own body butter!

This basic formula works beautifully as is, but can also be 'fancied up' to your hearts content.

Are you ready ?

Let's get started!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Rose and Rhassoul Cleanser - a Study in Composition

Speaking from a skin care viewpoint, I'm a huge fan of rose. No matter which way you look at it, rose is a gift to skin.

Over the years, I've worked with rose in just about every imagineable form; dried whole buds, powdered, essential oil (every type available), both oil and water-based extracts, and my all time favorite – rose hydrosol.

Not only is rose consistently a pleasure to work with – it always brings the most delicious scent to any mix.

In all the years I have made cosmetics, I think I can safely say I will never tire of the scent.

So, with that in mind, I thought I'd share a few snaps of a no-soap face cleanser I put together the other day. I think you've already guessed what the starring ingredient is.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

How To Make a Lip and Cheek Tint

Here's one of the best ways I know to fight winter doldrums – making make-up! A splash of bright color like this lip and cheek tint stick offers is just the thing for both on-the-go color and moisture injection.

Are you with me?


Let's get busy!

Monday, February 23, 2015

How to - Super Soft Body Butter

If you're looking for a deliciously soft, creamy, body butter to dip into, this how-to is for you. There are only 3 basic ingredients, so not only is this skin-loving and easy to make, it is also kind to your pocketbook.

I used pure avocado oil to make this batch, but you can choose almond, jojoba, apricot seed, macadamia – or can even combine oils to your hearts desire.

As for butters: as long as you choose butters from the listed categories (link below), perfect silky soft texture is your to be had.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Soap, pH, and The Skin's Barrier Function

Have you ever heard someone say about a cleanser (or other personal care product) 'it doesn't leave my skin feeling clean enough' ?

This is quite an interesting statement.

When is skin clean enough?

  • when it's squeaky clean?
  • when it feels taut?
  • when there is no detectable scent?
  • when it smells like soap?

We are creatures of habit, but sometimes habits are just that – habits.

Must we wash our skin with soap to be clean?

The answer is no.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Making Eyebrow Pencils

If anyone ever tries to convince you that making and filling eyebrow pencils isn't a bit of a messy job, don't believe them.

Here's a peek at what went on during a recent pencil-making day.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How To - 2 Ingredient Body Butter with Butter and Oil

Let's make the simplest body butter on the planet! This body butter contains a mere 2 ingredients and can be put together in a flash. I used cocoa butter and almond oil for this batch, but you can use any hard butter and any oil you like.

Shall we get started?

Friday, February 6, 2015

Plant Butters: Hardness & Melting Points

We're going to be making a lot of body butter around here in just a tick, so I thought it might be an idea to do a quick run-down of some of the plant butters worth considering.

There's a world of fabulous butters to choose from, so there's no need to limit yourself. Depending on the consistency, feel, and properties you are looking for, you can create your own perfect body butter.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Butter Therapy - The Basics of Body Butter

Butter therapy. It sounds a little like nuturing care, love, and mamma's gentle touch all rolled into one, don't you think?

In keeping with this years 'back to basics' theme, we're going to be taking an up-close and personal look at body butter.

By dissecting its components and and getting acquainted with what each ingredient brings to the mix, it actually becomes quite easy to create your own body butter formulas.  By the time we're finished, you're going to be a veritable body-butter making whiz!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Working With Hyaluronic Acid - Powder vs Gel

Hyaluronic acid is a long-time staple in my stockroom – which, by the way, looks absolutely nothing like the romanticized image you see above.

A portion of my stockroom is packed in boxes at the moment, so I figured this generic photo of plant-based ingredients would be a lot more appealing than anything I could have photographed for you.

Now, back to hyaluronic acid (which, by the way, also would have looked far more boring than the photo above).

Hyaluronic acid has over the years magically found its way into many of my products – from eye and face creams to serums and gels.

Truth be told, I've had nothing but positive experiences with it – both in the lab and on the skin...

...right up until I started working with it as a powder.