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

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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.

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!

Ginger Infusion

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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

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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.

Soothing Balm With a Purpose

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I developed this balm for a couple of reasons.

  1. Creating excellence with a minimum of ingredients is my addiction

  2. I was asked to create a series of formulas for a specific purpose

  3. I love balms and cannot find a single reason not to make and use them for just about everything

More to come…

Skincare From the Supermarket

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This is a small batch of dried blackberries infusing. I’ve been working with different dried fruits (without additives) to see how they behave in different types of infusions. It’s not only interesting, but educational and inspirational work. The ‘leftovers’ even get used for different experimental uses (think exfoliants and the likes).

Most of these ingredients are sourced from my local supermarket or health food stores. This has more or less transformed my ‘normal’ grocery shopping into an ongoing expedition for new ingredients to try.

There is no such thing as just popping out to pick up something for dinner any more (much to the consternation of my husband when he accompanies me). Luckily, he enjoys the fruits of my labor (pun entirely intended).