Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Here's a Tip - No Tip-ins!

Occasionally, I am asked why my products are 'so darn pricey'. Part of the reason is the amounts I add of 'the darn pricey stuff' – the actives, extracts, and essential oils. I don't cut corners on quality and I'm very generous with the active ingredients. In most cases, the dosage will be taken to the max (though never exceeding recommended levels). In other words: I don't use tip-ins.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Applying Face & Body Oil



It's a small bottle. 30 ml really isn't a lot – except it really is. With a personal oil blend, you only want (and need) to use a very small amount – a few drops will do the trick. Even with daily use (face and neck), this amount lasts half a year.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Lemon Scented Tea Tree Oil - A Natural Bacteria Buster

As the common name suggests, Lemon Scented Tea Tree (INCI: Leptosperum petersonii) comes from the same plant family as Tea Tree (INCI: Melaleuca alternifolia). The Myrtaceae is a large family, consisting of about 3000 species. The 'tea trees' have built-in antifungal and anti-viral properties making them ideal for a variety of uses that may well expand as these amazing plants continue to undergo study.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Skin Lightening with Plants and Vitamins - Second Update on 'C'

We have been following 2 ladies and the efforts to lighten discolorations in their skin with a custom-made product that I have named Lighten Up - Herbal Skin Lightener. (See links to previous posts below). Today, we're looking at how 'C' is doing with her unwanted age spots.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Make-up: Making Foundation with Sun Factor

I've been working on sun lotion for a couple of years now and decided to try using some of my latest batch as a base for a foundation. Because I made a powder foundation earlier this year, it was easy to combine the 2 to create a foundation with a built-in SPF 18. The resulting foundation looked so great on my skin that I promptly named it 'Color Me Gorgeous' (hard to read in this picture, but it's the white lettering along the edge of the label). Here's how I put it together.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

DIY Hot Flash Solution with Sage


Struggling with constant uncontrollable hot flashes for over 7 years is a decent motivator for trying to find some relief. It stands to reason that a skin-related reaction like perspiring could be 'handled' safely and naturally with some sort of topical solution. This has been the reasoning behind my quest for a natural, safe, and effective product for hot flashes (especially since my flashes don't seem to show even the slightest intention of lessening in either frequency or intensity).

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Good Day to Panic

As fabulous as they are, hydrosols are demanding. It doesn't happen often, but on occasion, a hydrosol will go bad before date – despite being stored in ideal conditions and treated with the utmost reverence. Some hydrosols are solid as a rock and will last for what seems like ages (rose hydrosol is an excellent example), while others (like witch hazel) need so much babying that it's almost impossible to keep them happy (read: fresh). Such was a recent experience with my brand new best friend (and super-efficient magical hot flash tamer), sage hydrosol. Even though it was enjoying a dark and cool existence in a perfect 10-degree celcius environment, my entire stock of sage hydrosol sat there and quietly went wonky – shortly before I prepared to make myself a Hot Flash Skin Drench and Skin Mist.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Trendsetting Summer Skin Savers

This pair of genuine lace gloves is over 60 years old and was a gift from a wonderful lady named Inger. They are a little fragile and need a bit of patience to put on, but look so fancy I think they are worth the trouble.
This could be trendsetting. On the other hand, it could be 'so yesterday' that the fashion police are summoned. This summer – I'm wearing gloves. Not gardening gloves (well, those too, but only when gardening). I'm talking about dress gloves – fancy, crocheted cotton gloves, or lacy gloves, or fine white leather gloves. I'm going to wear them shopping, visiting, and when I am invited to summer garden parties or get-togethers. I shall promenade down the avenue sporting gloves at all occasions this summer season – and there's a reason.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Meet The Mask - Scalp Soothing Treatment

This treatment is great for both med and women
Here's a mask that is ideal for sensitive scalps and will tackle itchiness and irritation almost immediately upon application. At the same time, it cleans and conditions the scalp and hair. This soothing and rejuvinating treatment is based on a favorite of mine: Rhassoul Clay (also called Moroccan Soap Clay). The addition of Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils brings bacteria busting power to the mix. You'll need about 45 minutes and...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hydrosol Mix of the Week - Sage and Melissa

Summertime heat calls for a crisp, refreshing skin tonic – something cooling, green and serene. Both Melissa (also known as lemon balm) and Sage (just known as sage) have a 'freshly-sliced cucumber' kind of freshness. One would expect combining them to enhance the 'freshness' effect. I know both of these hydrosols quite well, but this is the first time I have tried combining them. By chance, I am still unaquainted with both of their essential oil counterparts.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Farnesol - From Perfume to Medicine

Farnesol (INCI: Farnesol) is an organic compound (a natural sesquiterpene alcohol) that is present in numerous essential oils. For example, you'll find it in as a component of citronella, lemongrass, tuberose, rose (and more). It's a versatile, controversial and complex ingredient.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Blush Review Good Enough To Make One Blush

The other day I received a compliment so positive and so flattering that I was instantly transformed into the likes of a giggling schoolgirl who had just received her first love letter. The compliment was for my cream blush.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hydrosol Mix of the Week - Sandalwood and Sage

Late last year I found a new supplier that has a wonderful selection of organic ingredients as well as several hydrosols I have never been able to find before – let alone try. It is exciting to be working my way through their hydrosol catalog (which could very well take the better part of a year). My latest aquaintance has been sandalwood.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Whipped Freebie Butter Giveaway - The Winners

Thanks to the lovely ladies that posted a comment to test this body butter. To have some kind of continuity in the feedback on this product, the 2 winners of this draw will both be automatically included as testers for the next batch as well – so it's a double win!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Caffeine Sculpting Gel - Tweaking and Tinkering

The latest batch of gel is housed in these coffee-colored bottles with snazzy gold
neck and no-nonsense white pump.

While I tweak and tinker with one of my products under development – Double Shot Caffeine Sculpting Gel – the search for the ideal container continues. Pictured above, the present (and quite possibly final) container: a coffee-colored bottle (fitting for a caffeine gel, don't you think?) with a snazzy gold neck and pump top.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Sandalwood - The Ancient Essential Oil

Sandalwood essential oil is produced in several countries – by different species of trees – making it a bit of a challenge to get to know this precious oil in depth. Each of the available sandalwood essential oils have their own INCI name (depending on the species of tree), but share the same common name. The essential oil is so coveted that is it also sold in numerous adulterated versions.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Whipped Freebie Butter - Batch 2 Giveaway

This weeks project: Create a skin-loving, light and airy, moisturizing whipped body butter with a few simple ingredients – two to be exact. One of the ingredients (the cocoa butter) was free due to a label mix-up at my suppliers warehouse. The other ingredient: subject to change with each batch. For a rundown of what was unacceptable about batch 1, please catch up here.