Saturday, January 30, 2016

Mallow Face Cleanser Kit - Part 2 - the 'Additives'

We're going to get busy with the mallow gel we made recently and use it with another easy-to-make cleansing product. You may remember a short series entitled 'wash your face with flowers, dirt and food' a while back.

If not, don't worry – there are links!

Today, we're going to combine 2 easy-to-make products to create an instant face-mask-cleanser kit!


Monday, January 25, 2016

No Fuss Skin Care - Interview With Deborah Kallevig

It's not often I interview a colleague, but when I meet a person who (also) formulates compulsively and isn't afraid to admit she is downright giddy about her work, I move in for a closer look.

The lady with that fabulous smile up there is Deborah of in Kansas, USA. Deborah has graciously offered to share her story - and was even kind enough to send me a few samples of her products.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mallow Face Cleanser Kit - Part 1 - The Gel

After experimenting with mallow gel as a hair colorant and discovering how the mucilage content left my hair feeling super silky, I decided to give the gel a whirl on my skin – as a face cleanser.

Guess what.

It was a winner.

I tried it alone. I paired it up with a few additionals.

It continued to be a winner.

Batches one and 2 of my new favorite cleansing gel disappeared quite quickly. Batch 3 is happily sitting on my shelf as I write this.

I'm curious to know if you also find it effective on your skin. So curious, that I'm going to show you how to make your own.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Mallow as a Colorant – The Bad News and The Good News

Last year, I spent a bit of time exploring the properties of Mallow (INCI: Malva Sylvestris) – mostly to examine whether or not there was any truth to be had in the claims of it being an all natural hair dye.

According to folklore, mallow is so rich in color that it can even cover grey hairs.

How could one not be tempted to find out if there was any all-natural, hair-coloring joy to be had from this plant?

Unable to source any 'folklorian' how-to's for using mallow as a hair dye, I created a concentrated gel and proceeded to experiment with different application methods, leave-in times, temperatures, etc.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Why Mucilage is a Must

Start studying the chemistry of plants and you will be opening the door to a world of wonderful discoveries. The amazing and diverse uses plants have to offer captured my interest years ago, and my fascination with them doesn't seem to be showing the slightest sign of fading – quite the contrary.

Plants provide us with medicine, dye, food, fibres for everything from textiles to paper, and – my main area of focus – skin and hair care solutions.

Today, we're going to look at a substance that many plants provide – some more than others. This substance has a wide variety of uses in both medicine, food, skin care and hair care.

It's called mucilage.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Choosing The Ideal Perfume Dispenser

Even though I'm not the biggest fan of perfume, I spent a bit of time learning to create my own scents with essential oils about 6 years ago.

Not only was it a great exercise in working with essential oils purely for their scent, it was quite fun. There were even a couple of blends that ended up as 'keepers'. Those 2 blends have been residing in their original (boring) brown glass drip-cap bottles ever since.

Standard glass drip-cap bottles are great for storing a perfume as the blend matures, but aren't the least bit practical as applicators.

My quest for the perfect applicator solution for the 'keeper scents' took a bit longer than expected.

About 5 years.

Admittedly this has not been at the top of my to-do list, so I might have been finished in a shorter span of time if I had applied myself to the job in earnest back then.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Welcome to 2016

Good morning!

Happy 2016!

Welcome to a BRAND NEW YEAR!

Here's just a few of the things we'll be doing on this blog this year.