Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Going Native vs The Luxury Factor

I admit I'm a slave to luxury. But I am also a fan of going native (read: back to the basics – green, natural, plant-based, free of unnecessary additives – you get the idea).

Problem is, these 2 don't often mix.

Take honey for instance.

Monday, February 27, 2012

No Sweat - Potassium Alum

Welcome to the third in this mini-series about deodorants and what makes them tick. Now that you know all about what exciting things go on in armpits and are familiar with the basic makeup of a deodorant (if not, find links below), we're going to start focusing on the different active ingredients – the ones that make a deodorant do what it is supposed to to de-odorize!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Coily-Kinky-Curly - Lolas Feedback on Batch 2

Welcome to the continuation of the coily-kinky-curly case! I'm very excited!! After receiving batch 2, Lola tried both the Leave-in Curl-Loving Conditioner and Knot-busting serum base in a variety of ways. Her feedback was ALL GOOD NEWS!

Here's the best part: Lola said "The leave-in fought frizz like nothing I've ever used!!"

Are we just a bit ecstatic?!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hair Care Tips You (Maybe) Never Knew: 6

Do you have a minute? It's all you need to carry out the sixth hair care tip from my wise and savvy hairdresser. We're battling baldness and thinning hair today – his number one area of expertise. Best of all – you already have everything you need on hand to carry out this tip! (There's a pun in there that you'll get in a minute)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

How To Make a Rhassoul Cleansing Bar

My latest cleansing bar is this cocoa butter and rhassoul clay combo (looks a bit like cookie dough with chocolate chunks, don't you think?).

Rhassoul (also known as Moroccan soap clay or ghassoul clay), is hands down the most fabulous all-natural, soap-free cleanser for face and hair I have ever worked with. The clay functions beautifully as a face mask, hair mask, shampoo and body wash, and is tolerated by even the most sensitive skins and scalps. It simply had to be incorporated it into a cleansing bar – great for hair and face!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Make-up: Making a Lip Plumping Pencil Kit

Not long ago, I read a great tip on how to make your lips look plumper with make-up. I had already been planning on doing a lip pencil, but now I had occasion to do 2. Here's how I made my own do-it-with-make-up-lip-plumping kit the other day.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hair Care Tips You (Maybe) Never Knew: 5

Welcome to the fifth in this series of hair care tips. Today we're looking at an easy, super quick (and inexpensive) hair conditioner that takes only a teensy bit of practice to get just right.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Earache? Put Garlic in Your Ear

Sometimes, it makes perfect sense to do something that sounds a little strange – like putting garlic in your ear. I just learned this from a lovely lady named Fiona.

Fiona has put garlic in her ears for years because it works wonders every time she gets an earache. I asked her if I could share her method with you. She agreed.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Lipstick and Lurking Lead

"I just discovered a Facebook page called “There’s lead in your lipstick”. Maybe I should start one called “There’s even more lead in your drinking water”."

Although this may sound like a flippant statement, author Robert Tisserand has a valid point. He's putting perspective on an issue that has spiraled out of control.

Friday, February 10, 2012

No Sweat - The Basic Makeup of Deodorant

Welcome to the second in this series about deodorants and their ingredients. In this post, we're going to look at the basic make-up of a deodorant. Even though there is a wide variety of types (stick, roll-on, cream, gel, aerosol), a deodorant consists pretty much of a base, texturizers, active ingredients, and a few 'extras'. Let's examine each part.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Hair Care Tips You (Maybe) Never Knew: 4

Here's the fourth in this series of hair care tips bestowed upon me by my wise and experienced hairdresser. Long before it even thought about becoming trendy, he would expound on how beneficial this is for the scalp and hair...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

How to Make a Cornflower and Clay Cleansing Bar

Even though this looks like some sort of frozen berry yoghurt dessert, it is indeed a face cleansing bar. The outrageously purple color is due to the violet clay I used – even though there is no such thing as violet clay. (It's actually white clay with added color and there's a link to the supplier below).

This bar is VERY soft, so you will definitely want to store it in the fridge. On the other hand, it goes on like a dream, cleanses and moisturizes beautifully, and looks good enough to eat – even while it's on your face.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Eye Serum Giveaway - 2 Extra Winners!

The giveaway bug has bitten me. Two additional names from the original comments posted on this giveaway have been selected.

Ha! Bet you didn't expect that one!

I'll dispense with the suspense and get straight to the 2 extra winners.

Congratulations to Noaa and Sarah Withers.

Please send your mailing address to ( so I can get your prize in the mail to you!


Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hair Care Tips You (Maybe) Never Knew: 3

Here's the third in this series of hair care tips designed to keep your mane bouncy, healthy, and fab-looking. Today we're taking a look at one of the normal, everyday practices that encourages dry, brittle, haystack hair.