Thursday, November 28, 2013

When Cocoa Loco went Uh Oh

If I had all kinds of super expensive fancy equipment to test my products, I would be able to finish developing them a lot faster.

My products are all tested 'in real time'. Sometimes that means having to dump a product after months of it 'behaving nicely'. Some products will actually fool you and behave nicely for what seems like forever – then go wonky (practically) overnight.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Cucumber Eye Mask Giveaway

Party season approaches with rapid steps. It's time to get serious. You may be working extra hours, partying hardily or just in need of a pick-me-up.

Eye Love You Moisturising Mask is waiting to sooth and smooth your tired eyes.

No samples sizes this time. I'm getting into the Christmas spirit and giving away full sized products for 3 lucky winners.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Marrying 2 Deodorants

Here it is. creamy, lovely and nothing at all like the mush from this previous post. After working on perfecting the texture of my stick deodorant since 2012 and reintroducing ingredients I feared were on the way out (but seem to be on the way in again), it looks like this might just be the winner.

Looks like.

I say this with a certain hesitation.

Monday, November 18, 2013

A is for Arsenic

Arsenic is a known carcinogen.

Carcinogens are bad. Period.

Agreed? We don't want them at all, do we? Not even the slightest hint of carcinogenic exposure!

Let's remove them from every product we may use, consume, or otherwise come into contact with. Let's obliterate them from the planet!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Clay and Butter Gentle Cleanser

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you may remember 2012 as a 'year of cleansing bars'. After developing my first one and experiencing how much my skin loved it, I continued making them. Before long, there was a collection of 18 different bars.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Aloe Vera - Hip, Hype or Hazardous?

I know the title sounds odd. Aloe Vera isn't normally associated with anything even close to being hazardous.


Chris asked me to have a look at the growing concerns about the possible hazards of aloe vera. In researching this, I came across several new studies that prompted me to take a fresh view of this succulent.

Let's examine how such a popular ingredient with such an innocent reputation can be any kind of hazard, and also take a look at whether or not it can actually do what proponents claim it can do.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Robot Raid

Rikke wrote me the other day and mentioned that she always enjoyed reading but that it was a bit of a chore to leave a comment from a mobile device due to the 'captcha' window popping up and asking you to 'prove you aren't a robot'.

Personally, I'm not crazy about having to jump through all kinds of online hoops to leave comments on blogs either, so I decided to untick the function to see if it mattered all that much.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

How To – Soothing Skin Spray with Calendula Tincture

A while back, I did a couple of posts about how to make, strain and bottle your own tinctures. It's fun, easy, relatively inexpensive, and quite rewarding! Tinctures offer a world of different uses. Extra bonus: you simply can't avoid getting to know more about your herbs and their properties when you start making tinctures.

Fair warning: making tinctures is fun, educational, and a little addictive.

Today I'm going to show you how super easy it is to make a soothing skin spray with calendula tincture.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Eye Love You and the Entire Universe Too

This has actually happened several times.

The first time, I thought it was an amazing coincidence, but it kept happening. After a while, I started accepting it as 'normal'.

I seem to be connected to some sort of odd brainwave frequency somewhere.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tinctures - Internal and External Uses

This year has proved to be a truly tincture-filled one as I found a renewed interest in infusing different herbs in alcohol late this Spring. Getting re-aquainted with my favorite herbs 'in an alcohol setting' has been fun and has inspired a few new products.

Above are the herbs presently 'brewing' in my tincture cupboard:
on the left – lavender
on the right – cornflower

These were both started the other day, and the lavender one has already turned a gorgeous deep purple color.

Below are links that will show you how to make your own tincture, but first, let's take a look at tinctures and see what they can be used for.