Monday, July 29, 2013

Soap-free Face Cleansing Bar in a Jar

This plain looking container is holding my latest soap-free cleanser – still under development, but really really close to being ready.

Friday, July 26, 2013

An Exchange About Baking Soda Deodorant

I receive many communications from readers about baking soda deodorant. Unfortunately, not all of them are friendly. The following was posted to Why your DIY baking soda deodorant is causing a skin reaction,

I thought this particular exchange would be interesting to share for 2 reasons.
1. the person who wrote this comment kept a civil tone
2. this person not only makes, but sells a deodorant that risks the health of anyone who uses it

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Ultimate Mascara - Batch 4-ish

It's looking a lot like we may have a winner on our hands (insert slightly hesitant woot). I even pulled out one of the fancy schmancy mascara containers I've been saving for 'the good stuff'.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Personalized Product? Here's How it Works

A lot of people ask me 'how this personalized product stuff works'. Here's a blow by blow on what happens when I make a personalized product.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Deodorant - in a Stick

I've been working on developing a stick deodorant for the longest time. I actually finished this formula some time ago but have been unable to source a container that could be delivered in less than 10.000 units. For the initial testing purposes, the sample sized container that held (a mere) 15ml was adequate.

But initial testing is over.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Lipstick - Berry Nice!

In between developing mascara, a couple of new cleansers, new deodorants, cKc products and a tattoo-friendly skin mist, I found time to slot in a lab session for this lipstick. The first batch I did was too dry, the second was much better but a bit grainy (due to my own laziness when it came time to grind the pigments).

Here's the third batch: which I am loving!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Why Mica is a Must

There are a few mineral-based ingredients that even hard-core, plant-based-ingredient-loving people like me will happily include on the list of 'exceptions to the plant-based rule'. One of these is mica. Mica is quite simply a must-have.

You: how can some rock be a must-have?
Me: Think eyeshadow.

Are you with me now?

Good! Because today we're celebrating mica and all of its fabulous versatility!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Lola's Easy DIY Mud Wash for Hair

Lola Zabeth is a bit of a natural hair pioneer. She has been researching, developing and testing hair care solutions for natural curls, coils and kinks for years.

Pictured above is her hand holding a dollop of her latest hair cleansing and conditioning creation. It consists of only 4 ingredients: bentonite clay, powdered honey, powdered slippery elm and aloe vera.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Summer Fresh Cucumber Mask

It's summer, and we need refreshment. Let's get serious about that – with cucumbers!

In a minute, I'm going to show you how to make a super easy, refreshing, 4-ingredient mask with fresh cucumber that cleanses, cools, and tones.

But first - let me tell you why you are looking at a picture of these 2 lovely ladies – my absolute favorite cucumber suppliers – flanking a poster with this mask how-to.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Eyelash Conditioning - Yes, it's Possible

We put on night cream, moisturize our hands and bodies, brush our teeth and carry out all kinds of other personal care habits, so why not eyelashes? Recently, there has been increased focus on eyelash care and products are beginning to pop up here and there on the beauty scene.