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Copenhagen, Capital Region of Denmark,
Denmark

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

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A look inside the LisaLise lab with product how-to's, tips, sneak peeks, and more.

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Plant based make-up

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It feels like I just barely got started developing plant-based make-up, but looking back over my notes reveals this has been ongoing for almost 5 years.

Plant colorants are quite demanding to work with and can be incredibly tricky, but offer benefits I’d love to incorporate.

So, while the work of cracking the code of plant-color-stability continues, I thought I’d share this recent batch of foundation and blush sticks with you.

Progress?

Yes indeed.

More work ahead?

Yes indeed.

More to come…

From Balm to Ointment

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This soothing balm is so soft and unctuous, some might call it an ointment. Depending on how the ingredients are proportioned, this products can be made super soft (as shown here) or solid enough to be poured into tubes.

I developed this formula for the course: Essential Formulation, oil-based products and aqueous sprays that is open for enrollment at Tisserand Institute until June 30th.

If you’re interested in learning more (and signing up), please visit this information page at Tisserand Institute

Naturally Flavored Lip Balm

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If you like making infused oils, you can use the oils to create all natural flavors for your lip balms. Pictured is a small collection I made to test a few ideas - all with handcrafted flavors. The light colored balms include vanilla-infused oil and a dash of plum oil for extra richness. The green balms are a mix of pepper and mint (see what I did there?) for a surprisingly spicy-fresh flavor, and the bright orange balms have both their color and flavor from the chili-infused oil that delivers a warming after-burn.

Learn how to make vanilla-infused oil on the main blog. There’s also a chili-infused oil how to on the main blog as well.

Do you have any favorite herbs you use to create flavors for your lip balms?

A Quiet Cleanser

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If you have been following me and my work for a while, you are probably already aware of my love of minimalism. My approach to almost every formula is to pare back as far as possible without sacrificing function.

Sometimes it takes more effort than one might imagine to create the perfect ‘less-is-more’ formula, but that’s what makes it such interesting work.

Above is an example of a very ‘quiet’ and simple cleanser that does an effective job without causing a fuss. Developed for sensitive skin, tested, and approved.

Afterburn Lip Balm

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When I tested this lip balm with my own handcrafted chili-infused oil for the first time, I expected to feel like my lips were on fire, but there was no immediate heat.

Instead, it crept up quite slowly and increased in strength until there was no question in my mind: this lip balm was destined to be named Afterburn.

This lip balm is 100% plant-based - even the color - which is the result of a combination of oils infused with Turkish Paprika and Chili Peppers.

Are you signed up for my newsletter? Cool, cuz then you can look forward to an adaptable balm formula with chili-infused oil. Want to sign up? Excellent! Visit this page to join the upcoming chili-balm fun!

Herbal Magic

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The inherent power and benefits of botanicals never ceases to amaze me. If one were inclined to dismiss the science of it all, one might be tempted to call it herbal magic.

Pictured: rooibos ready to become part of an infusion that will become part of a skincare product for a special person with sensitive skin and a love of all things botanical.

That description fits all of my clients come to think of it.

The glass wand is a handcrafted stirring rod from a talented glass artist in the UK.