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Overview of Natural Preservatives - a Free E-Book



There are so many people who have asked me and my colleague Rebecca Wright about natural preservatives : which are the best, most recommended or most suitable to use?

We wish we could give you a one-size-fits-all answer, but choosing the right preservative is always formula specific. Rebecca and I both recommend studying manufacturer information before deciding which preservative to choose.

To this end, we have complied a free E-book of manufacturer information and pertinent articles about natural preservation. Click the button to download your free copy.

December Raspberries



Happy December. This is among the darkest of months - especially in Scandinavia.

Luckily, we Scandinavians have lots of candles, fairy lights, and other small compensations we use to fight the Nordic winter darkness.

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a raspberry infusion to bring a little remembrance of the warmer months we were so lucky to have experienced this year.

This infusion is made using dried fruits (the fresh ones were placed to show you the difference in both size and color.

If you use dried fruits to make your own infusions, check the label carefully to ensure there are no additives of any kind. If the labels says: ‘100% dried FRUIT’, then you’re good to go.

Botanical Synergy - It's a Real Thing



Over the years, I have grown somewhat accustomed to hearing derogatory comments about pretty much anything to do with botanical science – especially in a cosmetics-making setting.

The term ‘botanical synergy’ has been a particularly popular trigger for bringing forth snorts of disdain, mumbles of ‘that’s not real science’, and similar reactions.

But botanical synergy isn’t some expression made up by plant-loving hippies wanting to sound smart.

It’s a Real Thing

Botanical synergy happens when botanical components come together, react with each other and transform into something new.

And although herbalists around the globe have used botanicals in a synergistic way for generations, modern science requires measurable results.

As is happens, there are scientists trying to measure botanical synergy. If you’re interested, there’s a paper on it right here called Synergy Directed Fractionation of Botanical Medicines.

Cleansing Putty - The Next Thing?



The beauty industry is constantly developing and looking for the next ‘it’ thing. We’ve tried all kinds of fun and innovative beauty products over the years – some have had staying power while others fizzled out.

Here’s a peek at an easy to make cleansing product that may just be a coming trend.

It’s called cleansing putty.

Not only is cleansing putty as easy to make as a shampoo bar, but it can be tweaked and tailored numerous ways.

There’s a free how-to right here on the main blog.


A Simple All.Natural Herbal Deodorant



Pictured: a freshly strained infusion ready to be incorporated into a deodorant.

If you are a bit of a green-thinking purist and are up for making your own 100% botanical deodorants using easy-to-source ingredients, you might find this book useful.

Not only does the book contain 3 deodorant formulas, but there are over 35 additional personal care products you can make – every one preservative free yet with a shelf life of months.

The best part? You can make every product in the book with a grand total of 21 ingredients.

Soothing Oat Balm with Ground Oats



I've had a couple of questions about the soothing oat balm in this book: "Can't I use my own ground oats instead of colloidal oatmeal in this balm?"

You can, but you will not get a smooth balm. Pictured below; a small batch I made up to show you what happens.


Even though the balm looks grainy, it goes on surprisingly smoothly and melts right in, so if you can live with the lumpy look, then go for it!