Monday, June 29, 2015

Say Something Nice

I have an account on a social media app called Vine. If you're interested, you can find me there under the name LisaLise.

Above is a screen shot of one of my vines. I added a red ring around part of the comments field because that's the focus of this post.

That little text is visible in every comments field on Vine.

It says: Say something nice.

What a great way to encourage kindness!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

How to - Soapnut Decoction

You're already an old pro at making a decoction from the earlier post where we made one with soaproot, so let's jump straight into making a decoction with soapnuts (also called soap berries). If you're curious to know a bit more about soapnuts, check the links at the bottom of this post.

The method is quite similar, but there are a few soapnut-specific tips to be had, so let's go through the process step by step.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Free From Dangerous Toxins

It is my privilege to get a lot of questions from the readers of this blog.

Lots of the questions I get are (understandably) about what's safe and what's not safe – in commercial brand products, in small company products, in someone else's DIY products, and in your own DIY products.

I love your questions and am constantly inspired by them, but I do get a little worried when you write things like:
"I want to live a preservative-free life because of the dangerous toxins" 
"I am trying to switch to a toxin-free lifestyle, so I need to find/make products without preservatives"

But here's the thing.

The toxins aren't in the preservatives.

The toxins happen all by themselves in the products you're making when you leave the preservatives out.

Really and truly.

Monday, June 15, 2015

How To - Soaproot Decoction

The lovely plant you see above has special magic powers. Its INCI name is Saponaria Officinalis. If you're a language buff, you probably know that Saponaria is from the Latin 'sapo' which means soap.

The common name for this plant is soaproot (or soapwort).

The reason for this name is quite simple: the leaves and roots of the soaproot plant have built-in soapiness qualities due to their natural content of saponins (up to 20% while the plant is flowering).

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Rose and Lavender Cleanser

Both rose and lavender are favorites of mine.


I love both to pieces – whether dried, powdered, as essential oil or hydrosol – I'm totally smitten.

In truth, I am so addicted to rose and lavender that I will start to quietly panic if my stock of either starts to get low - in any form.

So, it was only a question of time before these 2 were paired and put into a cleanser.

Here's how I put this nourishing, gentle cleanser together, and what else I included.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Make Your Own Crayon Lipstick - a Good Idea?

Here's a trendy DIY idea – make your own easy peasy lipstick using crayons!

Is it cheap?

Is it easy to do?

Is it fun?

Is it safe?
not necessarily

Is it a good idea?
not at all

I know I may have just rained on your parade, but stick with me a bit. You may just want to think twice before you grab your kid's crayons and coconut oil and rush to the kitchen to melt and mix your own bargain lipstick.