They say the devil is in the details, meaning 'there is a mysterious element hidden in the details'. I agree. It is exactly the 'going into detail' part that makes creating skin care products a fascinating process for me. Hydrosols are some of my absolute favorite components to work with, and mixing them is kind of like composing a pastel-like, fragrant liquid that nourishes, tones and balances the skin. You can't go completely wrong (for the most part), but if you really get into the finer details and keep tweaking, you can achieve nothing less than skin-loving magic.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
|I don't mind a good discount, darling,|
but it has to be top-quality!
TOPICS: Discount Solution
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
voucher I gave to my niece for Christmas where she could choose any cream or serum. Pictured is the batch of Multi-Vitamin Intense Care Cream that includes her gift of choice. Because I had to air-freight the product, I used a practical and travel-friendly (but admittedly less sexy-looking) plastic container for her gift. The container on the bottom is a frosted glass jar with bakelite lid. That one will be on my nightstand as soon as I finish the product I am testing at the moment.
Monday, January 24, 2011
|Jasmine is one source|
of this preservative
Since several of the parabens have been put on the poo-poo list, I have been working with alternative preservatives, trying them out in different products. One of these newbies (for me) is Benzyl Alcohol (INCI: Benzyl alcohol).
Benzyl alcohol is produced naturally in many plants, fruits (such as strawberries) and some essential oils (such as ylang ylang and jasmine). As it derives from aromatic material, it has an inherently pleasant scent. You'll find it is frequently used as the preservative for intravenous medicines, as well as – of all things – photographic developer.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
"I received the lip gloss/moisturizer and I LOVE IT! I am in the sun all the time and always applying some sort of lip moisturizer. This stuff is so smooth and really lasts! Really a superior product, honestly!"
Thank you for sharing Laura.
Aside from being pleased with Lauras positive words, I couldn't help making note of her comment about being in the sun all the time. Speaking from this dark Nordic clime, I envy anyone who can – in January – write that they are in the sun all the time!
Friday, January 21, 2011
|You too can achieve this kind of|
character with the right wrinkle creams.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
|Whip that hair...|
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Rhassoul clay is a great cleanser for all skin. Combine it with Aloe Vera and honey for a soothing, toning, cleansing mask. If you are not able to get hold of the Aloe Vera juice, make an infusion of chamomille tea. It (obviously) won't be the same, but the rhassoul and honey combo has definite benefits. This is enough for one application for face and neck.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
|New label design and bottle|
Monday, January 17, 2011
|We loose it as we age, but hyaluronic|
acid can now be added after the fact
Friday, January 14, 2011
|The Reparative Hand Salve|
I made for 'A'
Thursday, January 13, 2011
TOPICS: Oils and Fats
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
please visit the library page. I will add to this as the list grows. If there are any requests for articles on any specific ingredients, please feel free to post a comment here.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
|The 2010 foundation and blush batch.|
Friday, January 7, 2011
It's funny how some hydrosols smell almost identical to their essential oil counterparts, while others are so different you would swear they didn't come from the same source. Carrot Seed (INCI: Daucus Carrota) and Neroli (INCI: Citrus Aurantium) both fit somewhere in between categories 1 and 2.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Although it may look like mixing is just trying to find out 'who likes who', it is a quest to optimize and strengthen the characteristics of each part. Blending creates a synergistic effect that makes a difference in how well a product works, as well as being instrumental in how a product smells.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
|Far left is the container from Urtegaarden|
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Sorry We're Late
Then, just as I was getting ready to chalk this whole experiment up to coincidence and wishful thinking, the intensity and frequency of the hot flashes returned with a vengance – almost as if to say "oops! Sorry we're late getting back to you – we hadn't realized you were off the sage again. But hey, let's make up for lost time by turning up the heat."