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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.

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!

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.

Waxing Poetic about Hair Wax

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I have had an off and on relationship with hair wax for years and it seems to be directly connected with the length of my hair at any given time.

My hair has a tendency to lie down flat and my desire is generally to get it to stand up (why do we always seem to want the exact opposite of what he have when it comes to hair?)

So, when my hair is shorter (as it normally is during summer months), I will make (and use) hair wax..

Here is a peek at my most recent batch. The formula includes some of my favorite oils for hair (argan, broccoli seed) and has been performing quite well- providing just enough body and not leaving a greasy or sticky feeling.

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…