Thursday, February 4, 2016

How to: All Natural DIY Conditioning Hair Cleanser

Not only is this pure simplicity to make and a snap to use, but I'm betting you'll be bowled over by how beautifully this little combo is going to cleanse and condition your hair - in one simple process.

Bowled. Over.

If I hadn't tried this mix numerous times with repeated identical fabulous results, I wouldn't have believed it was possible to cleanse and condition the hair and scalp so effectively.

But I have.

And it is an absolute winner.

Are you ready to be bowled over?

Then let's get busy!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Mallow Face Cleanser Kit - Part 2 - the 'Additives'

We're going to get busy with the mallow gel we made recently and use it with another easy-to-make cleansing product. You may remember a short series entitled 'wash your face with flowers, dirt and food' a while back.

If not, don't worry – there are links!

Today, we're going to combine 2 easy-to-make products to create an instant face-mask-cleanser kit!


Monday, January 25, 2016

No Fuss Skin Care - Interview With Deborah Kallevig

It's not often I interview a colleague, but when I meet a person who (also) formulates compulsively and isn't afraid to admit she is downright giddy about her work, I move in for a closer look.

The lady with that fabulous smile up there is Deborah of in Kansas, USA. Deborah has graciously offered to share her story - and was even kind enough to send me a few samples of her products.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mallow Face Cleanser Kit - Part 1 - The Gel

After experimenting with mallow gel as a hair colorant and discovering how the mucilage content left my hair feeling super silky, I decided to give the gel a whirl on my skin – as a face cleanser.

Guess what.

It was a winner.

I tried it alone. I paired it up with a few additionals.

It continued to be a winner.

Batches one and 2 of my new favorite cleansing gel disappeared quite quickly. Batch 3 is happily sitting on my shelf as I write this.

I'm curious to know if you also find it effective on your skin. So curious, that I'm going to show you how to make your own.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Mallow as a Colorant – The Bad News and The Good News

Last year, I spent a bit of time exploring the properties of Mallow (INCI: Malva Sylvestris) – mostly to examine whether or not there was any truth to be had in the claims of it being an all natural hair dye.

According to folklore, mallow is so rich in color that it can even cover grey hairs.

How could one not be tempted to find out if there was any all-natural, hair-coloring joy to be had from this plant?

Unable to source any 'folklorian' how-to's for using mallow as a hair dye, I created a concentrated gel and proceeded to experiment with different application methods, leave-in times, temperatures, etc.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Why Mucilage is a Must

Start studying the chemistry of plants and you will be opening the door to a world of wonderful discoveries. The amazing and diverse uses plants have to offer captured my interest years ago, and my fascination with them doesn't seem to be showing the slightest sign of fading – quite the contrary.

Plants provide us with medicine, dye, food, fibres for everything from textiles to paper, and – my main area of focus – skin and hair care solutions.

Today, we're going to look at a substance that many plants provide – some more than others. This substance has a wide variety of uses in both medicine, food, skin care and hair care.

It's called mucilage.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Choosing The Ideal Perfume Dispenser

Even though I'm not the biggest fan of perfume, I spent a bit of time learning to create my own scents with essential oils about 6 years ago.

Not only was it a great exercise in working with essential oils purely for their scent, it was quite fun. There were even a couple of blends that ended up as 'keepers'. Those 2 blends have been residing in their original (boring) brown glass drip-cap bottles ever since.

Standard glass drip-cap bottles are great for storing a perfume as the blend matures, but aren't the least bit practical as applicators.

My quest for the perfect applicator solution for the 'keeper scents' took a bit longer than expected.

About 5 years.

Admittedly this has not been at the top of my to-do list, so I might have been finished in a shorter span of time if I had applied myself to the job in earnest back then.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Welcome to 2016

Good morning!

Happy 2016!

Welcome to a BRAND NEW YEAR!

Here's just a few of the things we'll be doing on this blog this year.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you, you fabulous person, you! See that kiss up there? That's meant for your cheek!

Thank you for sticking with me through various body butter experimentations, soap-free cleansers, lotion bars, lip tint and make-up pencils, decoctions (a special thanks to you, Anon for setting me straight on that one!), and hair cleansing rituals of the barest and most basic kind.

It has truly been a pleasure!

Your questions are inspiring, your comments (most often) warm my heart, and the tips you share are great!

Now, go out and have a fabulous New Years Eve! I'll see you on the other side.


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry After Happiness

No work today. Today, we relax and rest. We may not even cook dinner today. We may just spend the whole day watching films, playing games and snacking on goodies.

Have a lovely day!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Happiness

It's the Eve of Christmas and in my small Nordic country, the holiday celebrations happen all day today.

It is Danish tradition that gifts are opened and shared tonight.

The Long Long Day

Of course, gift opening doesn't happen until after an – in the eyes of children –  excruciatingly long day. This day is filled with relaxed time with ones loved ones.  Things such as mulled wine, fruits, and baked goodies are partaken of until it's time to eat (!) Christmas dinner.

This year my family will be enjoying roast duck (for the meat eaters) and roast stuffed squash and mushroom (for the veggie-eaters).

Dessert is the traditional rice á la amande (almond rice pudding) with cherry sauce. In one of the servings a whole almond is placed, and the person who finds it in their portion wins the almond prize.

After dinner, singing and dancing around the Christmas tree commences, and when everyone has sung and danced through the beloved traditional songs, gifts are passed out and opened.

Have a lovely day, I'm off for some family time!


Monday, December 21, 2015

2015 - A Bit Different

This year has been a bit out of the ordinary. The picture up there is pretty representative of my 2015, which has consisted in large part of building projects and moving to a new address – simultaneously.

I've learned all kinds of new and exciting things and gotten real up-close-and-personal with sandpaper, spackling equipment, drill bits, power tools, bricks, mortar, wallpaper, and paint.

Needless to say, my skincare routine also changed quite drastically this year.

Tip: sandpaper is great for wood – but total overkill for skin. If you don't love the rough and ready look of a woodworkers hands dangling at the ends of your arms, wear some kind of protective gloves when using sandpaper for any length of time.

(you're welcome)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Battling Anal Itch

In order to make a 100% personalised product for someone, I ask them a lot of questions. This also means I am privy to some very private information – sometimes completely unrelated to the product I am commissioned to create.

Today's post is in the very private category. We're taking a look at a certain itchiness that won't go away.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Final-Rinsing the Hair - An Introduction

So, you're done washing your hair and ready to leave the shower. You've rinsed out the shampoo/hair cleansing product you are using, but did you rinse?

I mean, final rinse?

You: what the heck is final rinse?

Me: I'm so pleased you asked!