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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.

Rose Exfoliating Paste Demonstration

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A while back on the main blog, I shared how to make a rose exfoliating paste. To my delight, this method has drawn quite a bit of interest and questions, so I did a small film-demonstration of how this exfoliant looks and feels on the hands.

An exfoliating paste of this kind is an upcyling of spent material after an oil infusion. Despite being a kind of ‘re-use’ of used ingredients, if tired properly, the shelf life is about 6 months (depending on the oil you use to infuse with).

Here it is, and if you want to make this paste yourself, you’ll find the how-to right here on the main blog.

Overview of Natural Preservatives - a Free E-Book

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There are so many people who have asked me and my colleague Rebecca Wright about natural preservatives : which are the best, most recommended or most suitable to use?

We wish we could give you a one-size-fits-all answer, but choosing the right preservative is always formula specific. Rebecca and I both recommend studying manufacturer information before deciding which preservative to choose.

To this end, we have complied a free E-book of manufacturer information and pertinent articles about natural preservation. Click the button to download your free copy.

December Raspberries

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Happy December. This is among the darkest of months - especially in Scandinavia.

Luckily, we Scandinavians have lots of candles, fairy lights, and other small compensations we use to fight the Nordic winter darkness.

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a raspberry infusion to bring a little remembrance of the warmer months we were so lucky to have experienced this year.

This infusion is made using dried fruits (the fresh ones were placed to show you the difference in both size and color.

If you use dried fruits to make your own infusions, check the label carefully to ensure there are no additives of any kind. If the labels says: ‘100% dried FRUIT’, then you’re good to go.

Botanical Synergy - It's a Real Thing

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Over the years, I have grown somewhat accustomed to hearing derogatory comments about pretty much anything to do with botanical science – especially in a cosmetics-making setting.

The term ‘botanical synergy’ has been a particularly popular trigger for bringing forth snorts of disdain, mumbles of ‘that’s not real science’, and similar reactions.

But botanical synergy isn’t some expression made up by plant-loving hippies wanting to sound smart.

It’s a Real Thing

Botanical synergy happens when botanical components come together, react with each other and transform into something new.

And although herbalists around the globe have used botanicals in a synergistic way for generations, modern science requires measurable results.

As is happens, there are scientists trying to measure botanical synergy. If you’re interested, there’s a paper on it right here called Synergy Directed Fractionation of Botanical Medicines.