Thursday, June 28, 2012
at any given time as I am constantly testing batches and new products. Here's a peek at what's 'cooking' at the moment: 2 different versions of Comfort Zone Eye Serum (texture tweaking), a version of Mango Frappé (scent tweaking), a foundation with a new cream base (not intended for sale), and batch one of a personally formulated brand new product – the star of this post – Boony's Everyday Emulsion.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Dene Godfrey (my hero of the day) succinctly defines natural by asking 2 simple questions:
1. Does the substance exist in nature?
2. Is the substance extracted from nature without any chemical modification?
Only if the answer to both questions is yes can the substance truly be described as natural.
He goes on to explain the difference between natural and nature-derived. Recommended reading: the entire post "100% Natural? ...Almost 100% Certainly Not"
Sunday, June 24, 2012
I'm not sure whether to be ticked off about them lying about the paraben-free part or to be ticked off about parabens having gotten such a rotten deal they need to be hidden behind their origins in order to get people to buy products containing them. The truth is, parabens are a part of nature.
Friday, June 22, 2012
After a few days of no reaction, she pointed out how difficult it was for her to offer advice on creating natural products if no one was willing to answer one simple question.
But it isn't a simple question, is it?
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Here is a layered mask/cleansing bar that is both effective, easy to use, and great for normal, dry and sensitive skin types. And to top it off, it's easy to make! Shall we get started?
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Argan trees grow wild and are close to impossible to cultivate. They are also heavily guarded by the small communities that make their living from hand picking and hand-processing this rare liquid gold otherwise known as argan oil (INCI: Argania Spinosa). Argan oil is among the priciest carrier oils on the market today.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
"Chronic UVA exposure can result in thickening of the epidermis and stratum corneum, as well as the destruction of elastic fibers."
In other words, the side of your face that has been exposed to the sun will age faster than the side that has been enjoying the shade. It's a condition called unilateral dermatoheliosis.
The 69 year old gentleman above is a case in point, and the patient that Jennifer R.S. Gordon, M.D., and Joaquin C. Brieva, M.D. published this article about in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Remember sunscreen – even if you're just going for a drive.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
This ladys only option for cleansing her face was plain old water, which (understandably) left her skin feeling dry. A prescribed neutral creme was her only moisturizer. Almost everything she tried caused breakouts, rash and all sorts of discomfort. The more I learned about her predicament, the more I discovered how little information there was to be had about the condition she struggled with.
I couldn't stop thinking about her problem. It wasn't long before I was trying to formulate a product that might be of use to people in a similar situation. A few weeks later this cleansing gel came about.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Today we're looking at an active ingredient that has been associated with frightening side effects such as Alzheimers disease and breast cancer, yet is commonly found in commercial antiperspirants. We know it as aluminum (even though it's spelled as both aluminum and aluminium, it's the same substance).