On the right: same product after a month of daily use – the vibrance now replaced by a lighter, orange-tinged hue.
Working with cranberry is educational – to say the least.
Cranberry powder is useful in some cosmetics as a coloring agent but also – according to my supplier – as a cleansing agent. I've been getting to know its limitations and possibilites – mostly because I'm in love with the idea of being able to use an all-natural, powdered fruit as a coloring agent. (And how can you not love that wonderfully girly-pink shade?)
As a Cleanser
After a months use, I can honestly say the cleansing gel works like a dream. It gently and effectively cleanses without leaving the skin dry. It even removes makeup without problem. At this point, though, I'm not entirely sure if it is the cranberry that is doing all of the cleansing magic (I have a cranberry-free batch on my to-do list so I can compare properly).
As a Coloring Agent
Cranberry as a coloring agent is a tad wonky. Correction: cranberry as a coloring agent is so incredibly wonky that you're in for a barrel of surprises. And even though my supplier clearly states that 'the color can be somewhat unstable in some mixtures', I thought I'd show you how it has behaved in this one product so far.
In the LisaLise Lab
Little did I know...
It took under an hour for the mixture to morph from the beloved pinky-red to the color the month-old product had. (on the left – the remainder of the month-old batch. On the right – the hour old batch)
It didn't stop there.
The cranberry wasn't quite happy with its initial color change. Over the course of 2 days, it decided to forget its pinky-red roots altogether and join 'the citrus club' by turning into the color you see pictured on the right. It's a lovely color (and actually fits perfectly with the scent of the new batch), but does this even remotely remind you of how it started out?
Over a mere 2 batches, cranberry powder has provided a range of warm reds, oranges and yellows. The color does seem to have stabilized after the 2-day morph and has remained the same shade since.
I do have more products with cranberry planned, and will update as the fun continues.
Have you worked with cranberry powder. What do you use it in? Is it wonky when you use it too?
More Cranberry Fun
For more cranberry shade-changing reading, visit this post.
Read about how the cleansing gel got started right here.