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Developing and Testing Solid Lotion Bars

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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.

Botanical Bath

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Maybe it’s not quite fair to label this picture ‘botanical bath’ as there are more minerals than botanicals pictured here. Nonetheless, that modest portion of powdered rose is the star ingredient of this bath product under development and therefore allowed to dominate.

It is the rose that adds color (the first thing we notice), a touch of all natural scent (the first thing we check for) and the skin pampering extra boost this bath product is going to offer.

Strengthening the Star Ingredient

It is not too difficult to further bring out rose’s star qualities by including a carefully combined blend of essential oils in a base that will disperse evenly in the bath and work well with the dry ingredients. Adding rose essential oil to a bath product may seem like a crazy-expensive luxury, but there are ways to ‘extend’ and ‘strengthen’ rose’s fabulous floral fragrance. By combining rose essential oil with essential oils that won’t break the budget (geranium is one option), it is possible to create an all-natural botanical bath to delight both the nose and skin.

Testing Solubility

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I’ve been making and testing numerous formulas and ingredients that have to do with essential oils this year.

A lot of this came about when I was asked to put together and teach a course for Tisserand Institute. (The course – Essential Formulation – is closed now but will be offered again in 2020).

The Institute made me aware of how many people are under the mistaken understanding that essential oils can safely be added directly to a bath - that they will somehow ‘dissipate’ all by themselves into the water. But as we all know, oil and water don’t mix and essential oils are, well, oils.

So that’s what I’ve been working on: getting essential oils to play nice with water – preferably without too terrible much fuss. The keyword here: solubility. Making oils solubilize into water seamlessly.

Sounds more straightforward than it is, but this kind of work is my kind of fun!

Do Essential Oils and Honey Mix?

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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

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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.

Playing With Clay

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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!