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.