Friday, August 29, 2014

Cucumber Seed Oil - Sublime for Skin and Hair


Cucumber and oil in the same sentence seems a little odd, doesn't it? Cucumbers are all about droplets of watery freshness and a mild scent of green dewiness. Cucumber doesn't associate with anything oily.

Nevertheless, there is an oil that has its origins in cucumber – the seeds to be exact – and I've been in love with it ever since I started working with it last year.

Cucumber seed oil is a skin-loving joy to use that I don't expect to grow tired of any time soon.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

When Bigger Isn't Better


Mini sized anything fascinates me - but I find mini sized cosmetics particularly irresistible. Aside from being so adorable looking you just want to put them your purse and carry them around, the mini-sized container can actually be preferable to a normal sized container.

I discovered this with these sample-size mascara containers. They hold a mere 4 ml (check them next to my normal sized business card), but they're perfect – not for mascara samples (well, ok, yes, that too), but for my eyelash conditioner.

Sometimes, bigger is definitely not better.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Connection Between Itchy Scalp, Hair Dye, and Artificial Sweeteners


This had me scratching my head a year ago when my friend posed a question. It started a research session, and another, and another.

It would seem there haven't been a whole lot of studies done on itchy scalp (otherwise known as pruritus).

Nope, sorry. That's a complete and utter exaggeration.

The fact is – in the entire world of scientific examination and study – there isn't a single study to be found on itchy scalp.

Not a one.

Zipola.

Yes, really.

I'll bet you're itching to know where we go from here, aren't you? (sorry, I just had to throw that in).

Friday, August 15, 2014

Stir-Free Salt Scrub


For the longest time, I've wanted to get serious about developing a new kind of exfoliating scrub – something apart from the usual salt + oil combos so common to both the natural and commercial market. My own scrub was developed ages ago, but despite how lovely it makes my skin feel, I've almost stopped using it.

Why?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Better Butter Test - Who Won?


Approximately 10 months ago, I started a series of test batches of lotion bars using the same formula for each batch. Only the butter was different for each version.

The goal: to find the ultimate butter for lotion bars – one that would hold firm, yet soften and deliver the perfect amount of lotion upon skin contact. It would moisturise and pamper tired dry skin, chapped skin, rough patches, and cracked heels in the most luxurious and effective way.

Although it has been hard work slathering my feet, hands, legs, lips, elbows, and even face with lotion bar buttery goodness, it's a sacrifice that had to be made (insert winking eye here).

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Guest Blogging at Personal Care Truth or Scare


I'm incredibly flattered that Personal Care - Truth or Scare has asked to publish one of my blog posts on their site.

Being published alongside so many esteemed scientists is truly an honour, and I have been strutting about like a peacock ever since the request.

If you follow this blog, you may have already read the post 'Why raw honey lasts forever', but if not, please pop over and read it right here!

Yay!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Self Challenge Face Mask- Update


Guess what. I seem to have found a solution to my 'can't be bothered doing a mask' laziness.

It's in those 2 bottles up there. An invisible, easy-to-use leave-on mask.