Monday, December 31, 2012

Thanks for 2012

It's over. It's the last day of 2012! I am happy – and it's all because of you!

Thank you for reading, commenting, asking questions, and being so wonderfully inspiring throughout this entire year. You are fabulous!

My message with this New Years pic?

Be true to yourself and appreciate your beauty – because you are gorgeous. Yes, you. I can see it (all the way through cyberspace and everything).

Now, go get dressed up – be a party animal – or party elf and have a super New Years Eve!

See you in 2013!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Second Skin - A New Whipped Butter

This was developed for a lovely gentleman (I'm pretty sure I don't need to mention his name). It is especially formulated for super-sensitive skin that needs (and deserves) extra special pampering. I've gotten a thumbs up on how it works. Pictured is an order – ready to be packaged.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Scandinavian Christmas

No skincare today. It's Christmas Eve. In Scandinavia, we celebrate Christmas today (you may now envy Scandinavian kids who don't have to wait until tomorrow for presents).  Festivities will often start in late afternoon/early evening. Some of the traditional foods of the day are spicy pepper-cookies (recipe below), brown sugar cookies, candied almonds and marzipan accompanied by mulled wine and other spirits.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Christmas Bucket List

I live in a country that is saturated in Christmas tradition and festivities. It's a time of candlelight, cozy family get-togethers, mulled wine, delicious food, and loads of sweets and treats.

And I love it.

But it's winter – so, it's cold.

And it's dark.

Really really Lord-of-The-Rings Mordor dark.

All.  the.  time.

This time of year, I am always reminded of my Christmas bucket list. I'm not sure there even is a thing called Christmas bucket list. But I have one.

It's not very long.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Clean Your Face - Your Way

I did a poll on this blog a while back. This is what you answered. It's a relatively wide variety of answers, don't you think? I admit I was a little surprised at how widespread the answers were.

A third of you ticked the 'other - DIY solution'. Are you one? I'm seriously curious to know more.

Please do drop a comment below and tell me what YOUR 'other- DIY solution' is!


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Guest-Sized Soaps

These little cuties were handmade by yours truly. They are my first ever attempt at making soap. Pictured: oatmeal, lavender, lemon, and rose guest-sized soaps (I put a business card on the table so you can get an idea of the size).

They turned out great and smell divine! Not only that, but they were super easy to do, didn't make a mess and I had a blast doing them!

OK, OK – I admit it. I happen to know a few really clever and inspiring soap artisans. But it's not because I have been receiving private instruction in soapmaking from my soap artisan friends. It's because I cheated.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Let's Put Some Chocolate IN the Face for a Change

Even though this is a skin and hair care blog, the holidays are fast approaching – the time of (making and) giving gifts!

Above is a peek at the 2012 Christmas edition of LisaLise Pure Natural Edibles. I got a little fancy with the packaging this year, and thought I'd share it with you.

Want to make your own? These are not only easier to make than you might think, they're downright good for you. Read on and I'll show you how.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Rose Clay & Oatmeal Cleansing Bar For Sensitive Skin

A question from a loving and concerned mom prompted this recipe, and if I counted the days correctly, this is going live on her daughters birthday (happy birthday, sweetie!).

The goal: create a cleanser for very sensitive and dry skin. This mixture has gorgeous ingredients that are not only appealing in color, they are all great for sensitive skin. Oats and rose are both gentle, skin-loving ingredients, pink and white clay are both ideal, cocoa butter is tolerated by all, and coconut oil is healing and soothing for very sensitive skin.

Let's get started!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Nordic Swan Label - Can it Be Trusted?

This is something I've been mulling over, digging around and researching for what feels like an age. Unfortunately, it's not good news.

I wish it was.

I wished it so much that I kept digging, but the more I discovered, the more disappointed I became. I've even let it sit a few times – hoping 'it would go away'. It refused, so now I'm sharing it with you.

This is about safety labelling on cosmetics in Scandinavia, but I'm guessing the same thing may well be happening in other countries.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Hair Turning Gray? It's Totally Your Own Doing

The fact that our hair turns grey is really our own fault. We make ourselves grey. I'm not saying we worry ourselves silly and the people with the greyest hair are the biggest worriers, but we are the culprits of our hair-greying-ness.

The reason is a little unusual – but at the same time so logical that it makes perfect sense.

Do you want to know why?

Because every person is a chemical factory.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Your Votes - Your Decision

Thanks to you, I am now calm and collected. I can now check in to this blog knowing there will not be 'ad comments' posted hither and dither that need to be weeded out (do people even say hither and dither anymore?)

THANK YOU to everyone who voted in the poll about moderated comments - the results which you see above.  This post explains in detail why I put the poll up in the first place.

So, Here's the Deal
All comments to this blog are now going through moderation before being published. Some things haven't changed.

- anyone can comment
- anyone can post a question
- you don't need to leave your name if you prefer not to

Thanks again for voting.

Have a super weekend when you get that far!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Royal Jelly Eye Serum - a New Product

Here's a new addition to my eye serum series that is fresh out of the lab. The idea for an eye serum with royal jelly has been 'on the drawing board' for what feels like ages (am I the only one who thinks this year has disappeared in a flash?).

I developed this product to go with the Good Night Honey cream. You've probably already picked up on the bee theme here – honey, royal jelly....

Pictured is batch one – which is being tested by myself and a couple of my regular testers. We are only a few weeks into it, but I am getting positive feedback on texture, feel, and scent.

More to come!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Cleansing Bar FAQ and Tutorial

This post is here by popular demand. Your demand. OK, you didn't actually demand, but you asked so nicely I couldn't possibly say no. Many of you have shown a huge interest, sent feedback, and asked me questions about my soap-free cleansing bars. It was about time all of the most frequently asked questions were collected into a FAQ. So here it is – just for you.

The biggie, most popular and all time most frequently asked question has a special place at the end of this post – a step by step tutorial on using a soap-free cleansing bar.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Info Page

I've been meaning to put this page together forever. Well, ever since Nancy inspired me with her comment in this post (thanks Nancy!)

If you're
  • interested in procuring product samples
  • a beauty blogger looking to review LisaLise products
  • interested in becoming a tester of LisaLise skin care products
  • interested in becoming a tester of the cKc (coily-kinky-curly) hair care products
  • looking to place an ad
  • looking to exchange links 
and want some general info on the hows and whys, then please feel free to visit the all new info page. Click the 'info' link in the top navigation bar, or you can just click right here.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Lavender Cleansing Bar With Easy Layers

By popular demand, I've made another easy layer recipe for you. We're catering to normal to sensitive skin and adding a bit of lavender love to the mix. If you're new to these cleansing bars, prepare for a skin-loving experience. These soap-free cleansers do double duty as moisturizers and are made with all-natural ingredients.

Are you ready to get started?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

What I Learned After a Year of Doing Laundry With Soapnuts

Over a year ago, these funny-looking little 'nuts' made their way into my life. They are all natural cleansers that grow on trees. No, I'm not kidding. Soapnuts – as they are called – have a natural content of saponins (read: natural surfactants).

I got excited.

Here was an all-natural, efficient and planet-friendly solution to commercial detergents! It took me all of a nanosecond to abandon ALL of my regular laundry products and replace them with this little bag of drupes – for a full year – for everything I washed.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Coconut Oil - Five Star Nurturing Inside and Out

Cocos nucifera – we should (almost) saturate ourselves in this wonder product – inside and out – all over and all the time. Why? Because coconut oil has so much to offer that it flat out deserves a 5 star rating. It's healthy to eat, it's great for skin, and it's downright fabulous for hair. It's even reasonably priced. What's not to love?

My research on coconut oil made me fall in love with it all over again. 'Can one get giddy about a mere ingredient?' you may ask. In my world, it happens all the time.

Let's take a look at the wonders of coconut oil.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Whipped Chocolate Facial Cleansing

Louise kickstarted this. She happened to ask me about making a ready-to-use cleanser/mask product that didn't have to be made fresh with each use.

My mind immediately drifted back several years to a series of attempts that never made it out of the lab. The only answer I could give her was that I had worked on something similar forever ago but had dropped it again.

But that was then – when innocence and sweetness abounded, pollution didn't exist (yet), and the airless container was still an idea in the back of someones mind. (yeah, that long ago).

Monday, November 5, 2012

cKc - Where Are We?

I've been quiet about cKc for a while, but this is not because I'm not doing anything cKc-related. Quite the contrary actually! Lola and I have been super busy working on several cKc things.

Here's a little update.

Friday, November 2, 2012

DIY Make-up Tips: Why Patience is a Virtue When Mixing Colors

Here's a great reason to mix your colors thoroughly before adding them to the end product you are making.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Unwanted Things - Are You OK With That?

The other morning I checked in to my blog to see... a big old fat long ADVERTISEMENT on my sidebar ??!!???!!

Double take. ??!!???!!

Triple take ??!!???!!

There shouldn't be any ads on this blog!

After a bit of investigation, the culprit was caught, given the sharp end of my best boot, and cast out into the cold. Apparantly it is possible for unwanted ads to sneak in on some sidebar widgets (who knew?). Now you know why I no longer have a 'share this' widget here.

And speaking of unwanted things...

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Why The Industry Loves Mineral Oil

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I recently asked a highly respected cosmetic chemist in the industry for his take on petrolatum (mineral oil) vs. vegetable oils. We had an interesting exchange. No, that's not some fancy way of saying we had a heated discussion – it was enlightening and quite pleasant, thank you very much.

I was also reaffirmed in my beliefs on why the industry loves mineral oil. Here is a condensed version of our exchange.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Kids Face Paint - What's Safe?

Halloween is coming up.  Even here in Denmark, this traditional American 'holiday' has become quite popular. The shops are displaying pumpkins and ghosts, and children are excitedly planning what they want to be for Halloween. Meanwhile, parents are worrying. Many Halloween costumes involve some sort of face paint.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

cKc Winners - Try it, Then Name that Product

Four ladies shall be shortly testing this brand new spray-on finishing product that helps seal in moisture and add a touch of gloss to coils, kinks and curls. They will also be helping us name it!

Thanks to everyone who showed interest and added a comment. Now let's see who won!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chamomile Cleansing Bar With Easy Layers

Several emails kickstarted this easy peasy layering method. The e-mails all went something like this:
'I love the layered look of these cleansing bars but can't be bothered splitting up the mixture into 2-containers. Isn't there an easier way?'

Yes, there is!

Here's a sensitive-skin-friendly cleansing bar that offers super gentle exfoliation, moisturizing, careful cleansing, AND easy peasy layers. Prepare for supreme skin pampering!

Monday, October 15, 2012

cKc Giveaway - Try it, Then Name it!

All right curlies, Lola and I need your help. A while back, I asked you to name this product. It is a finishing product especially formulated for coils, kinks and curls, designed to seal in moisture and add a touch of gloss. Lola and a couple of the cKc testers have been giving it a whirl, and they're all loving it bigtime.

But let's be honest, It is incredibly unfair to ask people to name a product they haven't even tried.

Just plain downright unfair.

There's only one way to solve this. Let's get this product into the hands (and heads) of some curlies!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Stuart's Formula - a Hair-Loving Herbal Powerhouse

Researching ingredients can inspire new combinations and new products, but some of the best ideas come directly from people who ask me questions. Take Stuart, an absolutely lovely gentleman residing in Scotland. He gave me the idea for this combination of hair and scalp boosting ingredients. I happened to mention to him that I had plans for making a caffeine shampoo and he returned with this inspiring question: 'since caffeine shampoo is meant to be left on the scalp so the caffeine has a chance to absorb, couldn't it be added to a leave-on product instead?'

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fresh Cucumber and French Clay Mask

Lately, I've been on a bit of a quest – trying to find the perfect combination of fresh food ingredients with clay for the ultimate mask experience. There are 2 great reasons for combining clay with fresh food.

The Clay Reason
Apart from having all kinds of benefits for the skin, clay masks are a dream to work with – they stay where they are put and don't make a drippy mess of your kitchen, bathroom, and clothes.

The Fresh Food Reason
Fresh ingredients bring the maximum cocktail of vitamins, moisturizing, firming, and other skin-loving goodies to the mix.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Why Your DIY Baking Soda Deodorant is Causing a Skin Reaction

An overwhelming amount of comments and mails from readers prompted this post. There are far too many people experiencing problems and serious skin reactions from homemade deodorant. You've written me about everything from 'a slight discoloration of armpits' to 'ending up in hospital with a 6 month recovery period.'

Why is all this happening?

Scroll to the bottom for tips for relieving your rashy pits, or read on for explanations as to the whys and hows.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Salt and Skincare

There is a member of my family who suffers from atopic dermatitis. The gentleman in question gets a bright red rash on his entire neck area at the slightest irritation (even his own perspiration regularly triggers a reaction). He even has to be mindful of which fabrics he wears and has lived with this condition for much of his life.

Several times, I have mentioned to him that his skin might react well to using a Himalayan Crystal Salt bar and offered to set him up with the salt treatment I do every day. At every occasion, the reply has been a polite but firm 'no thanks' with a tone that clearly indicated he viewed my comment as if it I was suggesting he try some kind of voodoo involving ancient rituals and dead chickens.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Perfect Lady's Shaver is in Your Sewing Box

If I hadn't sat down to have a cup of coffee with Louise, I might never have learned about this. I almost didn't believe her, so she kindly offered to demonstrate.

In the picture above, you will find the perfect lady's shaver – the gentlest, most effective and ideal way to pluck eyebrows, remove unwanted hairs and  'defluff' an entire face – safely, painlessly and precisely.

Have you guessed what it is? All the hair-removing magic you could wish for can be done with a simple piece of thread.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

2 Years and It's Still a Party

LisaLise blog: 2 years
Enjoyment factor: 100%
Cake: Yes please

Special hugs to the following folks for your inspiration, support, interest and all around general fantasticity? fantasticalability?.... fantastic-ness!! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fresh Kiwi & Oat Moisturizing and Toning Mask

Putting fresh food on your face and letting it sit there for a while is not only easy to do, it can be very beneficial for your skin. Here's a 3-ingredient, fresh food mask that will leave your skin feeling toned, refreshed, and smooth as silk.

This mask is ideal for normal, oily, and combination skin. If you have sensitive, dry and/or mature skin you can use it too, but will want to to remove it a tad sooner.

(The pic above is not the mask, but I thought it would be a bit more fun for you to look at a lovely lady with slices of kiwi on her face than a shot of the ingredients).

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Repairing Split Hairs - Is That Possible?

Who knew there was a scientific term for split ends. Trichoptilosis is the bain of hairs' existence. Wouldn't be cool if we could eradicate it completely somehow?

Some Claim They Can
There are numerous advertisements for conditioners and other hair products that claim they can repair spilt ends.

Repair split ends?

You mean, un-break broken hair?


Thursday, September 20, 2012

A New Look - You Like?

It's almost 2 years since this blog started (Sept 27 to be exact). Who would have thought blogging could be so addictive! I love writing about cosmetics ingredients and sharing how-to's (and ranting occasionally) – I love all of your comments and questions and look forward to checking my mail every morning for the great input I get from you guys – I love blogging!

But we need more space.

I recently updated the design and contents of the LisaLise website, and decided it was time to bring this blog design along for the ride. Spreading everything out allows for more generous-sized photos, more words, and more blogging!

With all of this extra space, it was also finally possible to add this page with links to all of the how-to's you'll find on this blog – consider it a little pre-blogiversary gift from me to you!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

DIY Make-up Tips: All About Mineral Make-up

Wouldn't it be cool if there was an online school for DIY'ers who want to learn how to make mineral make-up – one with guidelines, recipes, explanations, how-to's and more?

There is!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

What The Cosmetics Industry Knows

You could be the desired, worshipped, fabulously irresistable woman in this ad. All you need is a jar of Cuticle Magic!

I've learned a bit about the cosmetics industry through my years of making cosmetics. They're experts at playing on our feminine uncertainties.

The industry is more than happy to provide answers to our unvoiced questions:
Yes, you will be desirable if you buy this product! It will make you so fabulously delicious that men will swarm around you, women will admire you, and strangers will stop you in the street – all because of the miracle ingredients in this little jar!

And we want to believe them, so we buy the product.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

How to make an Oatmeal and Yellow Clay Cleanser

I know a very sweet lady who loves these cleansers but 'can't be bothered making them herself', so she asks me to do it. Because she is a huge fan of both the yellow clay cleanser and this oatmeal one, I decided to create a combination cleanser and 5-minute mask for her sensitive skin. This will also work well for normal and combination skin.

This recipe will make 200gr = 2 bars or 1 bar and 1 tray of 'guest soaps'.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Serendipity Do Da

Sometimes things just slot into place so perfectly it's almost spooky.

A while back, I ordered some honey in powdered form with the intention of trying it out in a cream. Then a million things promptly got in the way.

Friday, September 7, 2012

cKc - Name That Product

A few weeks ago, I sent this little sample bottle to Lola – my partner in curl care concoctions. The product is odorless, colorless, and easy to use, but is still unfinished.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Honey + Skin - A Matchmakers Dream Come True

For centuries (about 8000 years to be a little more exact), honey has been gathered and used by humans. It has filled many purposes: food, medicinal – and even religious. Ancient Egyptians not only used honey for food and medicine, they included the sticky-sweet substance in their embalming mixtures. In ancient China, the art of beekeeping was practiced and documented with recommendations on how to ensure the most fruitful and beneficial crop – right down to the ideal choice of wood for the man-made hive.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Oil and Soap Free Cleansing - Continued

I'm coming clean (pun intended), working with wonky ingredients like cranberry can get tiring.

I needed to do a cranberry-free version of this cleanser to have something to compare with, and here it is. It's clean, clear, and cool and completely colorless.

Gentle Herbal Cleansing Gel is based on Lemon Balm hydrosol (cleansing, cooling, and deliciously discreet in the scent department). This soap-free, oil-free, clay-free cleanser has already become my staple evening cleanser for removing the days grime (and make-up). I can't foresee going back to the cranberry version any time soon. This version cleanses as just as well, moisturizes just as well and leaves the skin just as smooth – and the best part – it doesn't change color!


We should be ready to round up a few testers before long...

Read about why I'm (almost) leaving the cranberry on the shelf in these posts
Cleansing without oil or soap
What cranberry did when it met Vitamin C
Cranberry Cleanser Color Fun
Cranberry Chameleon Cleansing Gel
Make-up with Powdered Cranberry

Friday, August 31, 2012

How to Make a Rhassoul and White Clay Cleanser

I'm hooked. I keep making and using cleansing bars. My skin absolutely loves them. Based on the feedback I am getting from you guys, I'm not the only one.

Since doing the first rhassoul cleansing bar, I've had several requests for an easier-to-use version. Here it is. We're pairing the rhassoul with white clay and doing a very simple layering technique (because not only are layers fun to look at, they're super easy to do).

Shall we get started?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cranberry Conundrums and The Lip Pencil

What do you do when you want to make a lip pencil that will stain the lips to look like you have just enjoyed a generous portion of juicy, ripe summer fruits? If you're anything like me, you go to the most unpredictable ingredient in the book: cranberry.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

How British Beauty Blogger Taught Me a Thing - No, Two!

Jane Cunningham is one of the most established beauty bloggers in Britain. Her blog, British Beauty Blogger, has squillions of readers. She's also very active on twitter with at least another squillion followers (no, I'm not exaggerating – how could you think that?).

With her top ratings and world-wide recognition, you'd think she'd be a bit unapproachable, but Jane is, in fact, a real sweetie.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

DIY Make-up Tips: Storing is Not Boring

Love labels. Labels are your friends and worth every moment you spend writing them.

If you're super smart, you will invest in a slew of smaller CLEAR containers to store your mixed pigments. 

On the other hand, if you – like me – happen to invest in a slew of opaque containers that don't give you a chance in $!&X of finding anything, there's nothing for it but to get inventive with names.  

PS: If you want to avoid cleaning the name off of the lid every time you've emptied the container, then jump straight past my newbie mistakes and write the fun, inventive name of your shade on a piece of tape (I am embarrassed to say how long it took me to figure this one out, so I'm just not going to tell you). 

Monday, August 20, 2012

LisaLise vs Snooty Manufacturer

I'm looking for a manufacturer. After years of doing exclusively hand-crafted cosmetics, I'm (trying to) take the next step and get a couple of things produced.

Mind you, this first production will have to be as small as is humanly possible. We're talking baby steps.

Little tiny ones.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Plant-based Silicone? Yes Indeedy!

Who would have thought it, but according to my supplier, it is possible to achieve silicone-like smoothness and glossy shine with a non-greasy, silky feel in cosmetics and hair care products – without using silicone!

Introducing Coco Silicone (INCI: coco caprylate).

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A New Deodorant - A New Quest

I've been meaning to make a stick deodorant for the longest time. It was the cutest little container that finally got me started – with emphasis on the word little. This container holds a travel-sized portion (a mere 15 ml = 0,5 oz), but for development and test purposes, it has actually been perfect.