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

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All Natural Bourbon Vanilla Flavor

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Here is a peek at a lip balm I keep getting requests for: all-natural bourbon vanilla. This is a relatively simple lip balm formula with handcrafted vanilla-infused oil. The flavor and scent are all natural and luxuriously delicious and probably what makes my clients, friends and family keep asking for more.

If you want to try making your own vanilla-infused oil, there is a free how-to on the main blog right here.

The Art of Stacking Soap

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Handcrafted soap is something to treasure - a labor of love by artisans who cares about the materials, method and outcome of every bar they make.

I am lucky to know several makers of cold process soap. Every time I have been gifted with a bar, I cannot bear throwing the last bit away and will ‘glue’ it to a new bar. This has developed into what I have dubbed artful soap stacking. One doesn’t just attach a random new bar, one carefully selects the next bar, considering color and textures. The result: an aesthetically pleasing ‘soap stack’.

Above: a triple decker stack of goat milk soap, charcoal soap and coffee soap.

Sun Powered Oil Infusion

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This is a peek at the windowsill in my lab where a few oil infusions are underway. Even though there are several oil infusion methods that will all produce successful results, I tend to return to this, my favorite method: sun infusion.

Hardcore sun infusion fans believe the gentle power of a slow infusion utilizing sunlight creates the most potent and vibrant end product. And although I am not sure science has looked into this (or even has anything to say about it), I tend to agree.

I find it inherently satisfying to ‘greet’ my infusions every morning during the daily agitation and monitor how the mixture is coming along.

When an infusion is ready for straining, it usually lets you know.

Minimalist Excellence

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I am often asked if it is really possible to create excellent skincare (or even skincare that is ‘good enough’) with a bare minimum of ingredients. My answer is always the same: yes, it is.

There is, of course, a little more to it than that, but here are the headlines:

Working with quality ingredients gives you a far better chance of acheiving a quality end result.

Knowing and understanding the ingredients you are working with allows you to tweak, change, customize and make substitutions.

Yes, there is a lot of trial and testing, research and study involved, but if you are working with something you are passionate about, all of that is a labor of love and excellence becomes a natural result.

Glycerite Season is Here

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That title is a bit misleading. In my book, glycerite season is pretty much year round, but when the warmer seasons approach, there is definitely a bigger selection of fresh materials to work with.

Pictured is a batch of lavender glycerite from last year. Just looking at this color makes me all excited about the coming lavender harvest.

Why?

Because my lovely friend who grows organic everything gifted me with a bucketful of fresh lavender last year, and she has promised me a fresh batch this year.

If you’re curious about making your own glycerites, I’ve written a book about it that you can get right here.

Infusion Straining Tip: Double Filter

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Pictured: a small batch of vanilla infused oil ready to strain on left and stacked filters on right. By using a tea filter (the small one) inside a coffee filter (the bigger one), you double up straining effect in one pass. This method is especially useful for vanilla-infused oil and has become my go-to method for small batch straining.

What to do with the vanilla after straining? Don’t discard it just yet! Add it to a coffee-in-oil infusion for a warm and extra rich dimension to the scent (and flavor). What to use the infused coffee oil for? Think naturally flavored lip balm.

You’re welcome.