White willow bark extract

White willow bark (INCI: Salix alba extract) is a water soluble extract with a two year shelf life. It is an astringent extract – thanks to all those lovely tannins – with anti-inflammatory, anti-reddening, and anti-septic qualities. The main features of white willow bark extract are the salicylic acid and the salicin, a phenolic glucoside…....

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Mineral make-up: Craft group eye shadow from Claire

Claire always comes up with some interesting combinations of colours. This one is a very nice pink, suitable for any occasion. And, yes, I admit, I am terrible at taking pictures, especially under the yellow lights of the library meeting room, and I know this picture does not do her beautiful creation justice. Sorry!MIDNIGHT STAR…...

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Mineral make-up: Craft group eye shadow from Keira

Today’s eye shadow comes to us courtesy of Keira. She’s chosen a very minimalist approach to this colour, but it looks just lovely (I wore a variation of this yesterday with lime green!) CREAMSICLE SWIRL by Keira2 scoops yellow iron oxide4 scoops creamsicle mica6 scoops FD&C lake yellow #52 scoops of baseThis is a great…...

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Salicylic acid or beta-hydroxy acid

Sorry, the post for formulating with chrysanthemum extract got lost somewhere, and I don’t have time to re-write it this morning (craft group went late, and I didn’t get to sleep until MIDNIGHT! Woo! I’m such a party animal). So here’s a post on one of my favourite ingredients, salicylic acid. Salicylic acid (also known…...

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Mineral make-up: Craft group eye shadows from Ariana

Okay, so I brag about them like they were my own, but the girls of my craft group came up with some amazing colour blends that I simply had to share with you! Apparently I cannot take a picture to save my life, so please excuse the awfulness you see before you (the pictures not…...

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Mineral make-up: Eyeshadows from my craft group

It’s time for more mineral make-up fun with the eyeshadows created by the amazing colour blenders in my Chilliwack craft group! These are from the last class – I’ll be posting more in the next few days! All of these start off with the basic eye shadow base. Most of these are very shiny in…...

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Chrysanthemum or feverfew extract

Chrysanthemum extract (also known as feverfew, INCI: Chrysanthemum parthenium flower extract) is considered to be a good anti-inflammatory, astringent, analgesic, and anti-septic (anti-fungal and anti-microbial). It contains tannins, sesquiterpenoids, flavonoids, and more!Camphor contains tannins, specifically gallic acid, which act as good anti-oxidants and wound and burn healers. It contains luteolin (which you might remember from…...

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Comfrey root extract: Formulating fun!

Comfrey root extract is an awesome inclusion in products intended for damaged skin. I like to use comfrey root extract in foot care products – foot lotion or foot cream or thicker foot cream – and I like to use it in the form of comfrey oil in anhydrous lotion bars (substitute 5% to 10%…...

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The great (medical) Botox experiment – day 5

Well, I’m on day 5 of the great Botox experiment to rid my head of pain, and it seems to be working well. I have a little pain around my right ear, but I think that’s because my lymph glands have swollen up and are putting pressure on the area. My eye brows still move…...

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Comfrey root

Comfrey extract can be derived from the roots, leaves, or entire plant, and we can find it at our suppliers in the form of a powder, an oil, or a liquid extract. I’ll be concentrating on the powder, but some of this applies to the oil as well. Comfrey has been used in many forms…...

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