Sunday, February 28, 2016

Unrefined vs Refined Shea Butter - A Story Begins



Sooo.. this happened. Quite by accident too.

In all my years of working with shea butter, unrefined shea has never made it to my workbench.

(yes, really)

Until now.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Formulating with Food - Is That Even Doable?


Wouldn't it be great if we could safely extract and capture the very essence of a fresh vegetable or fruit and use it in a skin care product without needing any pricey lab equipment?

It is possible.

But.

There are things to consider, and other things to be aware of.

To answer a few questions you've posed me about formulating with 'real, natural food', I decided to make a product using one of my favorite ingredients - cucumber.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

How To: Rose and Milk Face Cleanser


This pretty pink powder is not only quick and easy to mix up - but it's a multifunctional face pamperer as well. Use it as a face wash or, if you have a few minutes to spare, leave it on for some instant-mask skin-nourishing action.

It can even be combined with different liquid bases - depending on your skin type and preferences.

And, if you're a fan of the scent of rose, your nose in is for a treat.

There are only 4 ingredients, and I'm pretty sure you've already guessed what 2 of them are.

Are you ready to try making your own rose and milk face wash?

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Spring in a Bottle - May Chang


If it was humanly possible to coax out the sun, bring on the warmth, and fast forward to Spring, that's exactly what I would be doing right now.

Luckily, there is a next best thing – capturing the properties and scents of fresh blossoms and fruits into precious liquids and bottling them.

With these liquids, it becomes possible – even in the deepest, darkest winter month – to transport onself to a Spring garden morning with a mere whiff, or a single a gentle application.

All this in one bottle – or maybe 2.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Steam Distillation of Plants: One Process, Two Products, and a Million Possiblities


Over the past many years, plants have continued to fascinate me - not so much for their beauty (which is, of course, a joy) but for their endless uses and benefits.

Today, we're going to focus on a process used to 'capture the power' of plants. This single process results in 2 end products - each carrying their own part of the plants different components.

This process is called distillation.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

How to: All Natural DIY Conditioning Hair Cleanser





Not only is this pure simplicity to make and a snap to use, but I'm betting you'll be bowled over by how beautifully this little combo is going to cleanse and condition your hair - in one simple process.

Bowled. Over.

If I hadn't tried this mix numerous times with repeated identical fabulous results, I wouldn't have believed it was possible to cleanse and condition the hair and scalp so effectively.

But I have.

And it is an absolute winner.

Are you ready to be bowled over?

Then let's get busy!