Monday, December 5, 2016

Vanilla Infused Oil - Straining

A couple of weeks back, we started a vanilla oil infusion and did a comparison test of vanilla bean quality.

Today, we strain and check out the final product and, as promised, I'm going to share an easy peasy straining tip that is perfect for smaller amounts.

Shall we strain our vanilla-infused oil?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

When Price Gouging Probably Isn't

This happened on a forum for cosmetics-makers recently. The subject of discussion was a luxury, pricey face serum made by a small cosmetics company.

There were quite a few opinions being offered, and the discussion got a little heated.

One participant (let's call her Sally) was utterly appalled and angrily accused the company of price gouging.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Infusing Oil with Vanilla

Throughout this year, I've been making all kinds of infusions in all kinds of things. This particular infusion is one I keep coming back to. It's easy to make, fun to do, and smells so delicious it's pure pleasure for the nose.

I mean, who doesn't love the scent of vanilla?

As you can see from the picture, you don't need all kinds of things to make a great vanilla-infused oil:
  • Vanilla beans
  • Sweet Almond Oil (or Jojoba or Apricot Kernel)
  • Clean jar with tight-fitting lid (canning jars are perfect)

Shall we get started?

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Shea for the USA

Holiday season is fast approaching, but you still have time to make your own fabulous skincare products for yourself and family.

And you can do a good thing for someone across the planet at the same time.

Now, there's even more reason to get busy with shea for all of you fabulous readers in the USA.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Shop Local - Globally

Holiday Season is fast approaching the Western part of the world, and many are trying to find unique gifts to give their loved ones.

Well guess what.

I happen to know a few people who make fabulous unique things that would be perfect gift items.

Not only that, they're all over the world!

Below is a list of artisans and makers of unique items to delight and inspire you. May I suggest you begin your holiday shopping right here?

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Learning From Failures

While finishing this book, I have been working on a 'side-project' throughout most of this year. So far, it hasn't been much of a success.


It has been a series of stinky failures.

(you'll get the little subtle pun I threw in there in a moment)

The entire experience, however, has been quite educational, so I thought you might like to read about some of the interesting bits.

But let's start at the beginning, shall we?

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Solo Formulas - Because You Asked

I get so many good questions from you guys, it's not even funny.

Like this one.

You: "Lise, are you going to make some of the formulas in your shea butter book available as separate products so we could maybe try out a formula or 2?"

Me: "How clever an idea is that? You rock for asking me! Of course I will!"

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Let's Get Real About Self Pampering

Even though self pampering might sound like silliness and unnecessary luxury, it is something we benefit from – both physically and mentally. The need for 'recharging our batteries' is often overlooked and dismissed.

"That's just not humanly possible in my house."

"Maybe I can slot some time in this weekend, we'll see..."

"Well, first I have to take care of everyone else, and then maybe I can find some 'me' time."

Sound familiar?

Then consider this: when you are at your best, then you are also a better able to give more of yourself to your loved ones, friends, and everyone you happen across.

This is why it is not frivolous to allow yourself a bit of time for self-pampering.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Nigella Seed - The Miracle Herb

Above: nigella seeds (and nigella seed oil) – also known as black cumin, black caraway and fennel-flower.

Until relatively recently, I have mostly enjoyed these seeds in a culinary context. And because I absolutely love the warm, rich, peppery taste and scent of nigella, getting serious about using the oil for skincare was a no-brainer when a special offer from a supplier appeared.

And then I started researching.




Looking at this plant and its properties is a non-stop journey of happy discoveries that just keeps getting better. Not only is Nigella Sativa a bit of a miracle herb, there's a whole heck of a lot of science behind the claims.

With the results this modest-looking seed is showing in studies, it's understandable why everyone is getting increasingly excited about the prospects.

As a matter of fact, it wasn't even a passionate 'greenie' (such as myself) that dubbed Nigella the Miracle Herb, but a scientific paper from the National Library of Medicine.

Are you starting to get a little excited too?

Then join me and we'll take a peek at the headlines of what Nigella has to offer in the way of health and beauty miracles.

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)