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.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Making Eyebrow Pencils

If anyone ever tries to convince you that making and filling eyebrow pencils isn't a bit of a messy job, don't believe them.

Here's a peek at what went on during a recent pencil-making day.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How To - 2 Ingredient Body Butter with Butter and Oil

Let's make the simplest body butter on the planet! This body butter contains a mere 2 ingredients and can be put together in a flash. I used cocoa butter and almond oil for this batch, but you can use any hard butter and any oil you like.

Shall we get started?

Friday, February 6, 2015

Plant Butters: Hardness & Melting Points

We're going to be making a lot of body butter around here in just a tick, so I thought it might be an idea to do a quick run-down of some of the plant butters worth considering.

There's a world of fabulous butters to choose from, so there's no need to limit yourself. Depending on the consistency, feel, and properties you are looking for, you can create your own perfect body butter.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Butter Therapy - The Basics of Body Butter

Butter therapy. It sounds a little like nuturing care, love, and mamma's gentle touch all rolled into one, don't you think?

In keeping with this years 'back to basics' theme, we're going to be taking an up-close and personal look at body butter.

By dissecting its components and and getting acquainted with what each ingredient brings to the mix, it actually becomes quite easy to create your own body butter formulas.  By the time we're finished, you're going to be a veritable body-butter making whiz!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Working With Hyaluronic Acid - Powder vs Gel

Hyaluronic acid is a long-time staple in my stockroom – which, by the way, looks absolutely nothing like the romanticized image you see above.

A portion of my stockroom is packed in boxes at the moment, so I figured this generic photo of plant-based ingredients would be a lot more appealing than anything I could have photographed for you.

Now, back to hyaluronic acid (which, by the way, also would have looked far more boring than the photo above).

Hyaluronic acid has over the years magically found its way into many of my products – from eye and face creams to serums and gels.

Truth be told, I've had nothing but positive experiences with it – both in the lab and on the skin...

...right up until I started working with it as a powder.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Battling the Complacency of Ready-To-Use Ingredients

It's a constant dilemma. Which road to take? From a cosmetics ingredients perspective, there are oftentimes 2 choices.

Take Hyaluronic Acid...

Last year, I started working with hyaluronic acid from a different supplier. Instead of the easy-peasy no-worries pre-mixed gel I had been using for (several) years, it was time to get acquainted with this ingredient as it is most commonly available – in powdered form.

Because 'hy-acid' is an integral part of several of my products, this caused quite a bit of unavoidable reformulation – and a trip down a slightly rocky road.

I know what you're thinking.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Best Way to Detox

Detoxing has become an integral part of the beauty and health industry – and a veritable jungle of options. There are courses, diets, programmes, and even beauty & personal care products that promise to draw out toxins, cleanse your body and leave you squeaky clean inside.

With all the undesirables we consume, are surrounded by and inhale on a daily basis, it stands to reason we need to detox, doesn't it?

So, what's the best way to detox?





Well, here's the good news: you already have a whole lot going on in the detox department.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

LisaLise in Saponifier Magazine

My Flowers, Food, and Dirt face wash has been picked up by Saponifier magazine and they asked to interview me for an 'Around the World in Outstanding Designs' series.

Permission to be a little proud?

Thank you, because I am!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lotus for Skin Care

You might be asking why one would want to use flowers, seeds, and herbs for skin care. I totally understand.

To some, it must seem a bit odd.

But stick with me, because the vibrant flower you see above contains skin-loving goodness. Its dried seeds make a powder that may not be much in the way of eye candy, but can be a whole lot in the way of skin pampering.

Today, we're going to take a look at the lotus flower (INCI: Nelumbo nucifera) and examine why it holds such high regard in the world of Ayurveda.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Theme of the Year

This year - or a good part of it - has a theme. The picture above might give you a hint.

Have you guessed what it is?

The bare essentials!

All right, I'll be honest. There's actually a reason that is not entirely of my own choosing (well, ok it is, but not the time frame part).

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

Well, as fun as it was to party hearty and ring out the old year, it's time to remove the glitter and take a fresh look at the calendar.

Welcome to 2015!

Guess what?  It's going to be a fabulous year - full of discovery, wonder, and work that's so interesting and fun, it won't feel like work at all!