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LisaLise offers custom cosmetics and formulations using predominately plant-based ingredients

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Suffering From Tincturitis and Making Up Words

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Above: the definition of Tincturitis: a condition I have ‘suffered’ from for quite a while and which continues to increase with no end in sight. (The pictured tincture is with fresh, wildcrafted cleavers).

My Instagram account has a few more posts with these ‘wordifications’.

Wordifications? That’s my term for making up words. This is another affliction I have had for years and something I have only relatively recently come to terms with. Making up words happens a lot while I am working (many botanical ingredients seem to want to chat and some can even be quite vocal about providing input and inspiration).

I have sometimes wondered if this kind of thing is more commonly found in people who speak more than one language. I will sometimes get ‘stuck’ between languages and suddenly a brand new term will present itself out of the blue.

If you are a word-maker-upper too, I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on the matter!

Find more wordification fun on my Instagram account.

This Deodorant is 100% Botanical, Preservative Free, and You Can Make it Yourself

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The formula for this and 2 additional botanical deodorants are in my book Make Your Own Preservative Free Cosmetics With 21 Ingredients (yes, I know it’s a long title but it was hard to explain the entire contents with fewer words).

Even though they are all preservative free, these deodorants have a shelf life of about 6 months. Pictured is the peppermint version. One of the ingredients in this peppermint deodorant is a handcrafted tincture with peppermint. Although you can use both dried and fresh plants to make the infusion, a clear liquid with a proper punch of peppermint is best achieved by using fresh peppermint leaves.

My own test team were happy with how long they worked (between 8 and 16 hours), and since the book was published, I’ve been getting feedback from folks who have started making and using these deodorants. I’m happy to say the feedback has been mostly positive. Of course I would have loved to tell you these deodorants work for every single person on the planet, but then, I don’t think any company can pride themselves in having a deodorant that fits that bill.

Meantime, I appreciate all of the feedback you have given me, and please feel free to keep it coming.

If you want to try making these deodorants, the formulas are available in this book.

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Naturally Flavored Lip Balm

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If you like making infused oils, you can use the oils to create all natural flavors for your lip balms. Pictured is a small collection I made to test a few ideas - all with handcrafted flavors. The light colored balms include vanilla-infused oil and a dash of plum oil for extra richness. The green balms are a mix of pepper and mint (see what I did there?) for a surprisingly spicy-fresh flavor, and the bright orange balms have both their color and flavor from the chili-infused oil that delivers a warming after-burn.

Learn how to make vanilla-infused oil on the main blog. There’s also a chili-infused oil how to on the main blog as well.

Do you have any favorite herbs you use to create flavors for your lip balms?

Chili for Skincare

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Handcrafted chili oil has been useful in several products I have made over the past winter season. (think soothing muscle rub, spicy lip balm or warming foot rub).

Generally, oils for infusion should have a long shelf life, although there can be benefits from using a specific oil with a specific ingredient for infusion and then using the entire batch within a short time of making it.

If you’re interested in giving this a try, there’s a chili-oil how to right here on the main blog. Depending on the strength you are looking for, vary the type and amount of chilis you work with. There is tangible difference in heat and effect depending on which ingredients you choose.

Summer Strawberries For the Nose

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In the dead of winter it is often a real mood lifter to recreate a bit of summer in the lab. Right now I’m working on a few infusions and this one popped right up on my to do list when I came across organic slow-dried strawberries.

To make it a real challenge, these were popped into a jar of vinegar. Stay tuned to the main blog (LisaLiseBlog.com) to see the outcome.

A Rosa Damascena by Any Other Name

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I wax poetic every time I work with this wonderful ingredient, and I work with it a lot.

Rose has so much to offer skincare and general wellbeing that I cannot even begin to imagine being without it. Rose is a constant in my stockroom and personal formulas – as hydrosol, powder, oil, infusion, tincture, wax, or in any other form.

It’s impossible to not love.

So I love.

Which ingredients are your absolute favorites?