Saturday, April 30, 2016

Lanolin - Now Unscented

Here's my latest new ingredient arrival: lanolin!

You: New? I distinctly remember reading several posts where you work with lanolin, Lise.

Me: This isn't just lanolin, but ultra-pure refined lanolin. So it's brand new – to me!

This lanolin has all the lovely, skin-loving properties that lanolin normally provides, but it is not heavy-smelling, sheepy-smelling, or anything else undesirable-smelling.

It's scent-free!

(insert little happy dance here)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Skin Cleansing with The Konjac Sponge

Several people have asked me for my take on these 'new' sponges for face care.


All right, you can stop giggling now. I know it's been a while since the konjac sponge hit the market. In my defense, there are quite a few questions that make their way to my to-do list. It's unfortunately pretty rare that a question can be answered by merely dashing off a few lines of text.

So basically, this is all your fault. If you didn't ask me so many interesting, intelligent and inspiring questions, I could have answered this ages ago.

Now let's have a look at this rather unusual little beauty product and see what it has to offer.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Refined vs Unrefined Shea - Test Batch 1

Here's the first test batch in the refined vs unrefined shea comparison test. You really have to look closely to see the difference - both are airy, light and even smell almost identical.

Making this first test batch was enlightening.

True to its reputation, the shea threw me an unexpected loop.

Friday, April 15, 2016

How to - Cucumber Glycerine Extract - 2

Not long ago, I started making a glycerine extract using fresh cucumber. It has been agitated daily for about 10 days, and is now ready to be strained and bottled.

Even though straining is pretty straightforward, I thought I'd share this final process with you.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

How To: Mixing Pigments to Match Skin Tone

A colleague recently asked me if it was difficult to mix pigments to match a skin tone.

Nope. It may take a little patience, but it's fun and even quite relaxing.

Today, I'm going to show you how to match your own skin tone.

With a mere 4 components, it is possible to match any human skin color – from the fairest of fair to the darkest of dark – a mere 3 pigments and white are all you need.

Those components are pictured above.

Sound too easy to be true? How about giving it a try and seeing what you think.

Shall we get started?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Vitamin C Skin Freshening Cleanser

Vitamin C is great for skin care and a favorite in skin care products for skin lightening, brightening, and products that help maintain an even skin tone.

I'm actually quite a fan of all the fabulous things vitamin C has to offer. But there's a bit of a hitch.

Ok, it's a rather huge hitch.

Fresh vitamin C looses power, so in order for it to be beneficial for topical application, it needs to be stabilized.