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

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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.

What Calendula Adds to a Balm

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Here’s another ‘wordification’ from my Instagram feed: Soothiness

Calendula Officinalis has an amazing natural built-in power of soothiness that it happily imparts when infused into an oil and is added to a balm.

It has demonstrated this many times to me over the years, but science is also starting to catch up and has an increasing amount of documentation of the many traditional medicinal uses of calendula.

Want to learn more about what calendula has to offer? I’ve written about it on the main blog:

Extracting the Medicinal Powers of Calendula

Calendula, the Healing Flower

Suffering From Tincturitis and Making Up Words

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Above: the definition of Tincturitis: a condition I have ‘suffered’ from for quite a while and which continues to increase with no end in sight. (The pictured tincture is with fresh, wildcrafted cleavers).

My Instagram account has a few more posts with these ‘wordifications’.

Wordifications? That’s my term for making up words. This is another affliction I have had for years and something I have only relatively recently come to terms with. Making up words happens a lot while I am working (many botanical ingredients seem to want to chat and some can even be quite vocal about providing input and inspiration).

I have sometimes wondered if this kind of thing is more commonly found in people who speak more than one language. I will sometimes get ‘stuck’ between languages and suddenly a brand new term will present itself out of the blue.

If you are a word-maker-upper too, I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on the matter!

Find more wordification fun on my Instagram account.

A Quiet Cleanser

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If you have been following me and my work for a while, you are probably already aware of my love of minimalism. My approach to almost every formula is to pare back as far as possible without sacrificing function.

Sometimes it takes more effort than one might imagine to create the perfect ‘less-is-more’ formula, but that’s what makes it such interesting work.

Above is an example of a very ‘quiet’ and simple cleanser that does an effective job without causing a fuss. Developed for sensitive skin, tested, and approved.

Happy Natural New Year!

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Happy New Year!

I’m off to get gussied up with my natural make-up and dressed to party with good friends to ring out the old year and ring in the new.

Next year is looking exciting already, but more on that when we’re finished with this one.

Thanks for sticking around this year and peeking over my shoulder as I work. I hope you’ll want to continue in 2019.

Meantime - have a Happy New Years Eve!

Merry Hibiscus - How to Pronounce the Danish Letter Ø

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It’s ‘little Christmas Eve’ in Denmark tonight (yes, really) and everyone is preparing for family get-togetherness and cozy time. This often includes a hot Scandinavian drink.

Gløgg is a traditional drink that translates to ‘mulled wine’, and while this picture is not mulled wine but a hibiscus infusion, the color is quite similar.

You’ll find a recipe for mulled wine you if you visit this post at the Drink Blog.

Now, as to pronouncing the name gløgg - the hardest part is that funny O with the slash through it in the middle of the word.

If you can pronounce that letter, you can pronounce the rest of the word. So in the spirit of Merry Hibiscus-ness, I’m going to teach you how to pronounce the Danish letter Ø.

Follow these steps:

  • Say HER out loud

  • Don’t pronounce the H

  • Stop before you finish saying R

  • That’s how you say Ø

  • Now say gløgg

(did it sound a little bit like ‘glerg’ ?)

Then you said it right!

Cheers!