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Developing and Testing Solid Lotion Bars



These may look like a small collection of pebbles but they are a few of the solid lotion bars I have been developing and testing for a while now. The source of different colors is the carrier oils, essential oils, butters, and waxes used.

Although the base ingredients are somewhat similar in each of these, each bar has a different scent and feel. By tweaking the proportions of the ingredients in a lotion bar, it is possible to create an entire array of tactile differences. Glide, slip, skin feel, and fragrance appeal - everyone has their own preference and needs.

As time has passed I find myself grabbing the yellowish bar as often as I reach for a lip balm, while the white bar has become my go-to for legs and feet. The green bar is an all-over body favorite when my skin is feeling extra dry.

As the green beauty revolution moves forward and we all look to more climate friendly solutions, I predict a growing interest in solid lotions of all kinds.

Cleansing Without Soap



Since I started writing about my cleansing bars in 2012, the concept of these easy to make skin-friendly cleansers seems to have really taken hold and spread around the globe. I still get emails and messages from people who tell me they are ‘just what their sensitive skin needed’ and truly appreciate every single story people are willing to share.

As a bonafide member of the sensitive skin club, the biggest pleasure is experiencing how many people have benefited from making and using such a relatively simple and easy to make DIY skincare product.

The main blog has numerous free cleansing bars how-to’s (check the How To page for a complete list), and the e-book below contains (among many other products) a formula for no-soap cleansing nuggets. The concept has its roots in the original cleansing bars but is updated and refined for ease of use.

Tip: A no soap cleanser is best removed with damp cotton rounds to avoid build-up in pipes and clogged sinks. Enjoy!

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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.

Playing With Clay



Pictured: illite clay in 2 colors. It is quite common to confuse the different types of cosmetics clays, and it’s quite understandable. Clays are not always correctly labelled and even a distributor can be (unintentionally) misinformed by a supplier.

After a fair bit of research and digging, I’ve procured some real Brazilian clay and will be adding it to the collection on this mini-guide to cosmetic clays. as soon as I finish testing (read: playing around with) it.

Meantime, there will be quite a bit of clay playing going on at the Essential Formulation course I am currently teaching at Tisserand Institute. Creating facial masks is lesson 7 and I am looking forward to it immensely.

Let the clay begin!

Ginger Infusion



This is a bit of an experiment: infusing fresh ginger in raw honey. It may prove to be a fabulous facial cleanser (or - judging from the scent - might end up in my tea or drizzled over my yoghurt).

Infusing different herbs into honey is something I have been exploring much of the past 12 months, and I am finding it as addictive as infusing herbs in glycerin, vinegar, alcohol, and oil.

I think we are going to be needing some additional jars around here.

The All Natural Deodorant Plant



This is an amazing little slice of nature. Not only do these herbs grow wild around the globe, but they provide numerous other benefits. Cleavers (Galium aparine) are useful in several ways. The fruits (those round growths you see up there) can be dried, roasted and used to make a drink that is quite similar to coffee - complete with natural content of caffeine.

Among many other benefits, Cleavers is said to even offer anti-aging properties. And although the anti-aging bit has my interest, it is the all-natural deodorizing capabilities of this humble herb that has captured my full attention.

If you’re interested in learning more about cleavers (and the numerous other wonderful herbs and plants that surround us and provide health benefits), visit Medical Herbalist Vivienne Campbell at The Herbal Hub.

And if you want to try making your own all-natural and preservative-free deodorant with cleavers, there are 3 different formulas to choose from in this E-book. They are pictured below to the right of the book.