Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Are You Thick Skinned About Eye Cream?

Calling someone thick skinned isn't exactly a compliment, but from a wrinkle-fighting standpoint, being thick skinned is actually an advantage.

The more 'plumped up' skin is, the firmer it is and smoother it appears.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Microwave Body and Hair Butter

Body and hair butter? Yes indeed!

If you are a curlie and looking for a smooth butter to nourish your beautiful curls, you can label this formula 'hair and body butter', because this combination is just as curl loving as it is skin-loving.

And, to keep things as basic and simple as possible, we're going to make body butter in the microwave!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Cleansing Bar Catalog Update

I've been a bit lazy about updating you on the latest additions to the cleansing bar catalog. That changes now! 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tinas Hand Crafted Soaps

The other day, I received a package. Here's what was inside: An avocado soap, an oatmeal yoghurt soap, a honey, cream & lanolin soap (up there on the left), and sample sizes of rose and egg soap.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Grainy Body Butter? Here's Why

So, you've made a lovely body butter with your favorite avocado oil and it sets beautifully. Life is a joy! Your skin is loving the creamy smoothness of your very own creation, and you are patting your back at how fabulous you are.

A few days pass.

Or maybe a week.

Suddenly – without warning – you open the jar to grab a dab and, shock! The contents has completely changed! Your creamy smooth, lovely body butter is now grainy and looks like this.

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.