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Balm Ingredients

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As Fall begins to take hold in my Northern part of the globe, balm-making becomes an increasingly frequent activity at the LisaLise lab. There’s something soothing and comforting about balms - be they cleansing balms, beauty balms, massage balms, lip balms, or special-use balms.

Pictured is today’s project: a soothing balm with handcrafted botanically-infused oils and a selection of vegan waxes. This is partly to test out the waxes, but also to try a few different combinations of infused oils.

Orange Peel Infusion

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This was a little test infusion to see if orange peel could overpower the inherently vinegar-y smell that vinegar has. I chose organic oranges for the job as the thought of infusing something that might contain pesticides isn’t the most appealing to me.

Eight oranges were washed, dried, carefully peeled, added to a container of vinegar, and allowed to brew for about a week. Just opening the lid of the container was enough to confirm that orange peel can indeed overpower the vinegar smell and transform it to a fresh, vibrant orange scent with a lovely sunny color.

Next up: testing this solution in a few products.

Instructions on making vinegar infusions for cosmetics are included in this E-book if you want to give this a try.

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!

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…