Wednesday, January 29, 2014

When Lip Products Get Cheeky

Last summer I was playing around with a few lipstick recipes, one of which resulted in this one. It's a great color and works really well in the moisturizing department. The lipstick has been living in my purse ever since, and is almost used up now. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Infused Oil With Calendula

Making infused oil is as easy as you please. There are very few rules and very few ingredients involved.

This calendula oil was started not long ago, so I thought I'd show you how super easy it is to start your first brew.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Why Essential Oils and Plastic Things Aren't a Good Mix

This is the door handle on the inside of my bathroom door. It's all 'lumpy' because the material has semi-dissolved.

The lumpiness didn't happen over night – quite the contrary. This door handle is made from a very sturdy plastic and can take just about anything you throw at it.

Except for some things.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Washing Your Face With Flowers, Dirt, and Food

A couple of you have written me with questions about how to use a face wash composed of flowers, dirt and food. Well, I don't blame you for wondering. It is a little unusual washing your face with a collection of dry ingredients.

Here's a step by step of the method, along with a couple of tips.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Kokum Butter - is it Better?

This lovely looking collection of plant material is the fruit, seeds, pulp and rinds of the garcenia indica plant. It's edible and has a wide range of culinary uses (for example, a lovely red sherbet ice cream), but despite tempting yumminess, we're not going to talk about food today.

Instead, we're going to have a look at what comes from the seeds of this colorful and exotic plant, because we're going to be getting a little butter happy around here in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

How To Make a Face Wash With Flowers, Dirt, and Food

Are you ready to try something new? Have you collected your fave ingredients from each of the three groups? Good!

Let's make a face wash!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Wash Your Face With Flowers, Dirt, and Food

Here's an all-natural way to wash your face – with flowers, dirt, and food. I'm not kidding. Done correctly, combining ingredients from these 3 groups will gently cleanse and exfoliate your skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth, supple, glowing, and nourished.

Not only is it easy to make and fun to use, it's not even pricey!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

cKc Shampoo - Update

This is my new favorite shampoo. After what feels like endless tweaking and a gazillion batches, the texture, scent, feel and function of this shampoo is ace. I've been using it nonstop for the past 8 months.

So have a couple of my cKc testers.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know this is a shampoo specifically designed for coily, kinky and curly hair.

My hair? Straight as a stick.

Despite this, I need to test the product for feel, performance, stability etc etc, so I've been shampooing my hair with it.

Guess what.

My hair loves it.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Polymers - Ingredients and Trends

Just as the fashion industry has trends, so does the personal care industry. Despite what you might think, white-coated cosmetic scientists can get just as excited about working with new ingredients as fashion forward make-up artists get about next seasons eyeshadow shades.

A mere whisper that lab tests indicate a certain effect of a tested ingredient can escalate it to star status and have everyone scrambling to be the first to introduce it in their next wonder product.

Ingredients can be hot – or not.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!

I can hardly believe how fast last year went.

I blinked.

It was gone.

Suddenly, here we are in the beginning of a brand new year – full of hope, expectations, and wonderment – a little like what can be seen in the sweet little face above.