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Balm Ingredients



As Fall begins to take hold in my Northern part of the globe, balm-making becomes an increasingly frequent activity at the LisaLise lab. There’s something soothing and comforting about balms - be they cleansing balms, beauty balms, massage balms, lip balms, or special-use balms.

Pictured is today’s project: a soothing balm with handcrafted botanically-infused oils and a selection of vegan waxes. This is partly to test out the waxes, but also to try a few different combinations of infused oils.

Orange Peel Infusion



This was a little test infusion to see if orange peel could overpower the inherently vinegar-y smell that vinegar has. I chose organic oranges for the job as the thought of infusing something that might contain pesticides isn’t the most appealing to me.

Eight oranges were washed, dried, carefully peeled, added to a container of vinegar, and allowed to brew for about a week. Just opening the lid of the container was enough to confirm that orange peel can indeed overpower the vinegar smell and transform it to a fresh, vibrant orange scent with a lovely sunny color.

Next up: testing this solution in a few products.

Instructions on making vinegar infusions for cosmetics are included in this E-book if you want to give this a try.

Lavender 'Perfume'



A lovely young lady (who happens to be the daughter of a steady client) put in a request for her own personal lavender perfume not very long ago.

When I say young, I do mean quite young. Her age hasn’t reached ‘double digits’ yet. Formulating a ‘perfume’ for someone under 10 years of age takes a little thought.

The young lady loves the scent of lavender, and even though lavender essential oil is quite well tolerated, it is still a very concentrated ingredient. One might be tempted to use a hydrosol/hydrolate, but lavender hydrosol just doesn’t have the same scent as the essential oil.

After careful deliberation, the ‘perfume’ was duly formulated to be extremely mild and skin friendly, yet offer the fresh scent of lavender she loves. The look on her face was a clear indication the brief had been met.

Make Something Fabulous



There is a thriving community of artisan cosmetics makers who are also handcrafting and using their own extracts in both skin and haircare products. With the many possibilities botanical ingredients offer along with the range of solvents to choose from, it’s no wonder the age old practices of capturing the power of plants are seeing a renewed interest with the green beauty revolution generation.

Instagram seems to be the place to be for sharing creative ideas and products of this type – the inspiration is positively addictive! If you’re on Instagram and making extracts for your cosmetics, please feel free to tag me (@lisaliseskincare) and show me what you’re working on!

Thank you for sharing the passion!

Are you curious to know a bit more about making extracts? Visit the shop and have a browse around for e-books that will show you how to get started making your own.

Do Essential Oils and Honey Mix?



As I have been knee deep in formulating specifically with essential oils since the end of last year, and am addicted to making infusions of all types, this was a question that popped into existence all by itself one day: testing whether infusing honey with essential oils was at all possible.

Pictured above: the first attempt. A ‘dollop’ of raw honey was ‘introduced’ to bit of essential oil (I’d have to check my notes for exact amounts, but speaking from memory, it was 2/3 honey to 1/3 oil). The little cup you see above was the test vessel. After adding the essential oils, it was covered with a cling-type film and left to stand at room temperature.

Within 48 hours there was visible result. Find the rest of this story on the main blog.

Piri Piri Chili Balm



This is a balm with piri piri chili - created specifically for the purpose of testing whether or not it can relieve pain. Capsaicin (the active ingredient in chilis) is showing some impressive pain-relieving results in scientific tests, and that was enough to get me curious about trying out if it were possible to create a soothing balm using chili-infused oil as one of the ingredients.

Piri piri chili is one of many chilis I am working with at the moment, and the scoville units in the LisaLise lab have been off the charts high, but I’m getting a bit ahead of myself.

If you want to read the initial feedback from my tester group using this balm, please visit the main blog right here.