Friday, July 24, 2015

SoapNut vs SoapRoot - Which is the Better Face Cleanser?

Testing soaproot and soapnut face cleansing ability this spring/summer has been both interesting and fun. Here are my experiences with these 2 natural surfactants and how their face cleansing properties and abilities compare. 

If you just popped in and want more background, you'll find links to previous posts (and a couple of how-to's so you can make your own) at the bottom of this post.

Now, let's get serious about these test results!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

How Essential Oils May Be the Answer to Anosmia

Imagine having no sense of smell.

It's hard, because we actually use our sense of smell for much more than we realize. For example, without a sense of smell, it's impossible to taste what we're eating.

A sense of smell is necessary to enjoy ice cream...

.. or a spring morning

.. or a flower

.. or the scent of fresh baked bread.

Now, imagine going in for an operation and waking up after the anesthesia with your sense of smell gone.

Completely vanished.

And it doesn't come back.

That's exactly what happened to Birthe.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

How To - Foaming Face Wash with Plants

Even though I normally prefer a healthy dose of luxury factor in my products, there were many positives to be had with this little exercise in 'roots' skin care (you'll get the subtle pun here in a minute).

As a matter of fact, these face washes are both so back-to-the-roots, you may even find them too earthy for your taste.

Today, we're going to use SoapNut and/or SoapRoot as a face cleanser (that subtle pun should start kicking in about now).

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Potassium Alum – Aluminium or Not?

Danielle, who is a chemist, left a great comment on an earlier post not too long ago. Her comment inspired me to revisit the ingredient you see above (in crystal form) and try to answer a few questions.

This ingredient is used – among many other things – as an active in deodorants. It's called potassium alum.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Deconcoction Comparison: Soapnut vs Soaproot

So, we've made 2 lovely soapy deconcoctions. Before we start testing them for different uses, let's adjourn to the lab and have a look at how these 2 natural surfactants behave in a side-by-side comparison test!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Say Something Nice

I have an account on a social media app called Vine. If you're interested, you can find me there under the name LisaLise.

Above is a screen shot of one of my vines. I added a red ring around part of the comments field because that's the focus of this post.

That little text is visible in every comments field on Vine.

It says: Say something nice.

What a great way to encourage kindness!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

How to - Soapnut Deconcoction

You're already an old pro at making a deconcoction from the earlier post where we made one with soaproot, so let's jump straight into making a deconcoction with soapnuts (also called soap berries). If you're curious to know a bit more about soapnuts, check the links at the bottom of this post.

The method is quite similar, but there are a few soapnut-specific tips to be had, so let's go through the process step by step.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Free From Dangerous Toxins

It is my privilege to get a lot of questions from the readers of this blog.

Lots of the questions I get are (understandably) about what's safe and what's not safe – in commercial brand products, in small company products, in someone else's DIY products, and in your own DIY products.

I love your questions and am constantly inspired by them, but I do get a little worried when you write things like:
"I want to live a preservative-free life because of the dangerous toxins" 
"I am trying to switch to a toxin-free lifestyle, so I need to find/make products without preservatives"

But here's the thing.

The toxins aren't in the preservatives.

The toxins happen all by themselves in the products you're making when you leave the preservatives out.

Really and truly.

Monday, June 15, 2015

How To - Soaproot Deconcoction

The lovely plant you see above has special magic powers. Its INCI name is Saponaria Officinalis. If you're a language buff, you probably know that Saponaria is from the Latin 'sapo' which means soap.

The common name for this plant is soaproot (or soapwort).

The reason for this name is quite simple: the leaves and roots of the soaproot plant have built-in soapiness qualities due to their natural content of saponins (up to 20% while the plant is flowering).

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Rose and Lavender Cleanser

Both rose and lavender are favorites of mine.


I love both to pieces – whether dried, powdered, as essential oil or hydrosol – I'm totally smitten.

In truth, I am so addicted to rose and lavender that I will start to quietly panic if my stock of either starts to get low - in any form.

So, it was only a question of time before these 2 were paired and put into a cleanser.

Here's how I put this nourishing, gentle cleanser together, and what else I included.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Make Your Own Crayon Lipstick - a Good Idea?

Here's a trendy DIY idea – make your own easy peasy lipstick using crayons!

Is it cheap?

Is it easy to do?

Is it fun?

Is it safe?
not necessarily

Is it a good idea?
not at all

I know I may have just rained on your parade, but stick with me a bit. You may just want to think twice before you grab your kid's crayons and coconut oil and rush to the kitchen to melt and mix your own bargain lipstick.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

DIY Recipe for Disaster

I love Pinterest. It's a great place to find all kinds of inspirational tips and how to's from cooking and gardening to DIY beauty. 

But sometimes I hate Pinterest, because it also seems to be the go-to spot for misinformation and how-to's that are downright health-hazardous.

Take this recipe for homemade make-up wipes - brought to my attention by J with the (very wise) question 
"Would you have a recommendation on how to do this without having to store it in the fridge?  Could we leave the water out?"
Your hesitation at using this recipe was spot-on, J, and thank you for asking me about it.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Green Tea and Apple Cleanser

In a recent post, I raved to you about the fabulous natural perfuming power of powdered apple. After enjoying it as an addition to my foaming hair and body wash, I just had to add it to a face cleanser to see how it fares in an anhydrous formula.

Guess what.

It fares quite happily.

The scent of fresh apple is an absolutely fabulous treat to the nose while the rest of the ingredients are do their gently cleansing duty.

Here's a peek at the ingredients and process of putting together my latest cleanser.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Vitamin D From Sun Exposure? It Depends

We're not going to talk about sunblock today. We're going to talk about vitamin D and the fact that your skin can magically make vitamin D from exposure to the sun.

Cool huh?

It is said that a mere 15 minutes of exposure is enough time for your body to magically provide you with the necessary daily dose of vitamin D.

In truth however, it depends.

Not only does it depend on which part of the planet you are living, but also what time of year you decide to soak up some rays.