Saturday, November 22, 2014

Luxury Lotion Bars - Now, to the Oils

I'm still on a quest for the most perfect, fabulous luxury lotion bars on the planet. You are probably at this very moment thinking 'now there's an oxymoron if ever I heard one: luxury lotion bars!'

And I do understand.

Lotion bars are easy-peasy to make and great-for-beginners.
Luxury smacks of pricey, exclusive, difficult-to-attain.

But that seems to be me in a nutshell. The idea of adding luxury to a simple, easy-to-do thing as a lotion bar is pretty much how I approach cosmetics making. Taking opposites and making them work together in an 'elevated' fashion is a 'self-inflicted' constant quest.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ayurvedic Brahmi

This lovely herb with succulent leaves has a history of use in Ayurvedic medicine. In English, it's known as Indian Pennywort. In Indian, it's called Brahmi (INCI: Bacopa monnieri).

Today we're going to take a look at this plant, which is showing surprisingly promising results as an aid for improving memory in scientific tests.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ayurvedic Hair Rinse and The Punch of Packaging

These are the easiest hair rinses to make in the world. As a matter of fact, if you've made the infusion from the how-to in this post, you're already done!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

How To Make Infusions with Ayurvedic Powders

If you've been following this blog for the past few weeks, you'll have gotten to know a bit about Ayurvedic ingredients.  Amla and Brahmi (post coming up on that soon) have multiple uses for both skin and hair care, and today, we're going to use them to make infusions.

An infusion is quite easy to do and doesn't even call for all kinds of expensive equipment.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Make Your Own Cream Concealer

Several of you have asked for this, and it's been on my to-do list for ages. Now, thanks to a comment from 'Anon' (sure wish you'd posted a name!), I'm going to share this formula for cream concealer/highlighter with you.

The original formula is not mine and is not even in English. Aroma Zone had it on their website (but only in French - évidemment). But since their recent major site overhaul, it seems to have disappeared.


No need to panic.

You can thank me now for being such a diligent and copious note-taker.

You can also rejoice in that fact that I have tried this out before sharing it with you, because I have tweaked the formula (dare I say improved?) a bit. My production process is also slightly more newbie-friendly than the original.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ayurvedic Amla - Natural Skin and Hair Care

Today we're going to take a closer look at one of the unexpected surprises that recently appeared on my doorstep due to a mix-up in an order delivery. So far, it's been quite a pleasure getting to know this ingredient.  Although I am currently using it in powdered form, it originates as a fruit that is native to India.

Let's get acquainted with this bitter, green berry known as Amla.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How To Tell If Your Product Has Gone Bad

There's no way around it. Sometimes a product you've made goes bad. In my lab there is - at any given time - a selection of creams, gels, and serums from a week to 5 years old standing around specifically for the purpose of being tested, monitored, and studied.

Above is a clear indication (pun totally intended) that something inside this bottle just isn't very happy any more. The cloudiness at the bottom is not supposed to be there. Its presence is a fail-safe visual warning that this face gel has turned into a bacterial bomb and is suitable for one thing only – being discarded.

Let's imagine (for a brief moment) that we don't have access to advanced microbiological testing equipment. What to do?

There are ways.

Today I'm going to pass on a few basic tips on how to check your homemade products and how to know when to toss them.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Aromatherapy inhalers

Not long ago, I showed you how to make an anti-stuffy nose inhaler. It all came about as a result of these handy dandy little inhaler-containers one of my suppliers started carrying.

And anti-stuffy nose inhalers are great, but who's going to stop us from getting creative?

No one! We can have fun and play around with all the essential oil combos our heart desires. And that's just what we're going to do today.

We're going to make aromatherapy inhalers.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Journey of Ayurvedic Powders

Sometimes a mistake turns out to be a good thing – like the time my ingredients order accidentally got switched with another persons. This happened quite recently, and I'm pretty sure we both came out ahead. For my part, I was allowed to keep the package, so I'm guessing the other person received the same message.

The supplier will surely also come out ahead from this. Letting both of us keep and use ingredients we might never have otherwise tried will undoubtedly result in additional future orders.

Thanks to this little mix-up, I have thrown myself into researching and getting acquainted with 2 exciting new discoveries - both of which are ayurvedic powders.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Bamboo Hydrosol - Soothing Mystery Mist

This is a brand new acquaintance for me. Who knew it was possible to make hydrosol from bamboo? Ask the French, and you'll find it most certainly is. Bamboo hydrosol has a lovely, light, subtle scent that is both pleasant and mild.

Monday, October 6, 2014

DIY Anti-Stuffy-Nose Inhalers

Cold season is coming on –  the perfect time to think about keeping sinuses clear and battling stuffy noses!

Today, I'm going to show you how to make your own anti-stuffy-nose vapor inhaler. Not only is this is an easy peasy project for beginners that won't break the budget, it's also a great idea for a personally-made gift for family, friends, young or old. (not for children under 6)

Sniff sniff - let's go!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Recurring Procedural Glitch

Not long ago, I made a small batch of orange flavoured lip balms and without fail, I made the same procedural mistake I've been making for years.

After so many years of making lip balms, one would think I'd wise up and at the very least write a reminder on my formula notes in big red letters with thick underlines, exclamation points, and arrows...

...but no.

Instead, I just repeat the error.


And again.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Microcurrent Face Lift - Is it the Real Deal?

Microcurrent face lifting or the 'non-surgical face lift' is the promise of youth in a box. By purchasing an instrument of microcurrent-delivering properties and using it with a 'specially designed gel' (or cream), you can tone your skin, decrease wrinkles, increase your skin's thickness, and plump up your collagen levels – all in the comfort of your own home.

So say those who sell these devices.

Sound like a miracle cure? I thought so too, so I had to check it out.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Serious Make-Up in The Purse Test

I know this isn't the prettiest sight you've ever seen on this blog (or probably anywhere else), but what you're looking at here is hard science – kind of.

Sometimes, my product testing gets ugly.

Real ugly.

Like, being-dropped-into-a-purse-and-banged-around-and-mistreated-for-a-good-long-time ugly.