Saturday, June 24, 2017

Tincture Making Failure


Tinctures with vinegars and alcohols, oil macerations and glycerites have been filling my stockroom and taking lots of lab time for well over a year now. It's because I have been doing a pile of research for of some upcoming publications (more on that soon).

Today, we're going to look at a tincture making blooper.

Above: a lovely herbal tincture in vinegar from earlier this year. At the time I started this brew, there were so many jars and bottles in use, I mindlessly grabbed what was on the shelf - a glass pickling jar with a metal lid.

You've probably already figured out what's coming, but it took me a while before I realized my mistake.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

How To: Calming Skin Mist for Sensitive Skin


Sooo, you've got super sensitive skin and are prone to spontaneous rashy redness from things such as putting on a piece of clothing, eh?

Not to worry. There is help to be had. You will be misting away rash in no time with your own handcrafted skin mist.

Not only that, you can choose from a wide range of possible ingredients.

Cool, huh?

Let's make mist!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Living With Sensitive Skin

People with super sensitive skin experience all kinds of fun quirkiness – like an instant rash from the act of simply putting on a piece of clothing.

Sometimes, even the softest, kindest materials – with no scratchy bits – even with every torturous label removed immediately after purchase – will cause what you see above.

And just to be clear: the top is made of 100% knit silk and is washed by hand using the gentlest of cleansers.

Luckily, this doesn't happen every time I get dressed, but it does happen often enough to where I felt the need to create a product for instant skin-calming relief.

That product turned out to be a skin mist.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Positive Side of Portable Make-up


This has been my make-up 'table' for a while now. Think it looks cool? Organised?

Look again.