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

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Soothing Balm With a Purpose

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I developed this balm for a couple of reasons.

  1. Creating excellence with a minimum of ingredients is my addiction

  2. I was asked to create a series of formulas for a specific purpose

  3. I love balms and cannot find a single reason not to make and use them for just about everything

More to come…

Skincare From the Supermarket

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This is a small batch of dried blackberries infusing. I’ve been working with different dried fruits (without additives) to see how they behave in different types of infusions. It’s not only interesting, but educational and inspirational work. The ‘leftovers’ even get used for different experimental uses (think exfoliants and the likes).

Most of these ingredients are sourced from my local supermarket or health food stores. This has more or less transformed my ‘normal’ grocery shopping into an ongoing expedition for new ingredients to try.

There is no such thing as just popping out to pick up something for dinner any more (much to the consternation of my husband when he accompanies me). Luckily, he enjoys the fruits of my labor (pun entirely intended).

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.

Summer Strawberries For the Nose

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In the dead of winter it is often a real mood lifter to recreate a bit of summer in the lab. Right now I’m working on a few infusions and this one popped right up on my to do list when I came across organic slow-dried strawberries.

To make it a real challenge, these were popped into a jar of vinegar. Stay tuned to the main blog (LisaLiseBlog.com) to see the outcome.

A Rosa Damascena by Any Other Name

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I wax poetic every time I work with this wonderful ingredient, and I work with it a lot.

Rose has so much to offer skincare and general wellbeing that I cannot even begin to imagine being without it. Rose is a constant in my stockroom and personal formulas – as hydrosol, powder, oil, infusion, tincture, wax, or in any other form.

It’s impossible to not love.

So I love.

Which ingredients are your absolute favorites?