Thursday, March 31, 2016

How to: Cucumber Glycerin Extract - 1



MarĂ­a gets full credit for being the inspiration for this post. Not long ago, she left a comment about having successfully made glycerine extract with both fresh cucumber and fresh strawberries.

That was enough to get me all excited about giving this a try.

Glycerine extracts are useful alternatives for folks who may not want to use tinctures (alcohol extracts) in their products. And even though a glycerine extract won't last as long (suggested 6 - 8 months) as an alcohol extract (4 - 5 years), it does offer other plusses.


With a glycerine extract, you have a dual-functional ingredient: a humectant with 'added botanical power'.

It's definitely a desirable alternative to formulating with fresh food.

Let's make a glycerine extract using fresh, organic cucumber!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Bare Basic Soap



That bar of soap up there may not look like much, but it's a unique piece of hand-crafted skin care.

It was made in Crete.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

How To - Hair Rinse with Horsetail



I promised you at the beginning of this year that we were going to get busy making a few final rinses. Today, we begin!

For our first final rinse, I've chosen an ingredient with a hair-loving reputation: horsetail (INCI: Equisitum Arvense).

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Make-Up - Foundation Stick First Batch


This was a test. I've never made a foundation stick before, and thought it was about time I gave it a whirl.

I started this all backwards – by taking a look at my stock to see which ingredients I had at hand – and then formulating from there.

Before you get all impressed at my amazing formulating capabilities, let me just say, this batch was a fail.

But, we'll get to that in a minute.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Unrefined Shea vs Refined Shea - Sneak Peek Test



While waiting for my order of refined shea to arrive, I decided to whip up a quick batch with the unrefined shea - just to get a feel for it.

Above: a quick peek at the difference. The jar on the left is refined shea (from another supplier and previously made) and on the right is the new batch with unrefined shea.

These 2 batches were not made using the same method or additional ingredients, so it's not quite fair to be comparing them .. yet.

But we will!

As soon as my order of refined shea arrives, we'll get busy with some proper comparison testing.

Stay tuned!

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Mister's Mister - an Anti-itch Body Mist


Here's a peek at product I developed last year for a lovely gent. He presented me with a particularly uncomfortable problem: full body after-shower itchiness.

Not only did the itchiness 'start like clockwork' after his evening shower, it was impossible for him to find relief.

"I don't take hot or long showers. I've tried using baby soap, less soap, and even NO soap - nothing makes a difference. I itch so badly I can't fall asleep. I'm going crazy from all the twisting, turning, and scratching."

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

How To: Pineapple and Amla Face Cleanser


Combine these few simple fruit powders and in 5 minutes flat you're all set to cleanse and gently exfoliate your face and neck and while treating your nose to a citrussy-fresh scent.

This modular mix can be combined with any number of liquids for an instant face wash – or try it with this cleansing gel for an instant nourishing mask.

Does it get any easier than this? I don't believe it does!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Formulating with Food - Cucumber Serum Under Scrutiny


Here are 2 batches of soothing cucumber eye serum. They both contain real-live, freshly-grated organic cucumber juice. The left-most tall bottle is batch 1 –  a serum made with juiced unpeeled cucumber. The middle bottle is serum batch 2 – made with juiced peeled cucumber the day after batch 1 was made.

The small spray bottle contains preserved pure juice (no peel). This was partly to monitor how the juice behaved (and to try it out as a refreshing face spritzer).

Let's have a look at how these serums and spritzer fared, shall we?