Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Why Shirodhara Made my Bucket List


What's happening here? Something that made my bucket list not too long ago. The woman pictured above is receiving a stress-relieving treatment called shirodhara.

The process is quite simple: warm oil (or other liquids) are gently poured over the forehead for a period of time. This simple treatment is said to induce a relaxed state of awareness, erasing fatigue and even making headaches disappear.

The purpose of shirodhara is to reestablish balance in unbalanced chakras.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

When Rhassoul isn't All That


I was chatting online with a client about rhassoul clay recently and a few things came up in the conversation that just didn't jive with my experiences. The mention of 'white' rhassoul was one.

I'd never heard of white rhassoul before. 

A new ingredient?

Interested and intrigued!

It wasn't long before I received a sample from my client. That's it up there on the right. Definitely lighter than the rhassoul I have in stock.

Let's put it to the test!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Difference 3 Drops Make


This happened last Fall while I was formulating a series of products for a client.

Part of the series included 2 versions of a balm: one unscented, one scented.

The balm ingredients consisted of butters, waxes, and a combination of special fixed oils.

Pictured: batch 1 of both versions. The little S sticker on the lid is the scented version. And I know you've already guessed what the U stands for.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Drain Saving Tip on Cleaning Up Fats



Every time I make melt-and-pour products such as balms, butters, or anything containing wax, there is an unavoidable film left in the beaker after pouring up.

Here's a quick and easy way to clean butter or wax-coated beakers and equipment that has always worked well for me.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Dear Science - Are You Sure About The Test Results on Those Allergens?


I've written about this before a few years ago, and have been researching it on and off ever since, because quite frankly, there are some things that

just

don't

add

up.

What's worse, I keep hitting walls in my research. So I'll just throw the question out there – again.