Mineral make up- Part 9: Blue sheens

I am going to be honest…I’m not a fan of blue. When someone mentions blue, I think of the girls in my high school who wore tons of blue eye shadow right up to their eye brows, and it makes me cringe. I think there are far too many matte blues out there and too…...

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Coconut oil and hair products

Yeah, I know these aren’t coconuts…but coconuts aren’t that pretty! So enjoy some pineapple shaped bath bombs instead! One of my favourite sites – The Beauty Brains – weighs in on coconut oil. Visit the post on their site to learn more! (To summarize: coconut oil will penetrate the hair’s cortex because it’s similar to…...

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Lotions: Is it a good recipe? (updated)

Are you making a table of treats or a tableau of terror? How to pick a good recipe?   By now you have either tried a lotion or are itching to try one. You’ve probably done some searches on the Intertron for recipes, and you’ve got a binder (or bookmark file in your browser) filled…...

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Choosing the perfect fragrance for your creations

One of my new Saturday night things…Black Amber Lavender (a Brambleberry fragrance, available from Soapcraft.ca if you’re in Canada!)I’m a fragrance junkie! I love thinking about what scents I’ll include in my creations, and sometimes I’ll separate a larger batch so I can play with 3 or 4 scents. So what kind of fragrance person…...

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Anti-oxidants!

Keep your scrubs and lotions longer with anti-oxidants! Yesterday we talked about preservatives, now let’s talk about anti-oxidants. So what’s the purpose of anti-oxidants, other than the skin care benefits? They retard rancidity in your oils!Why do oils go rancid and what the heck does “rancid” mean? Oils are really triglycerides, which is to say…...

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Preservatives!

Please note that I have an entire section of this blog devoted to preservatives, which lists all kinds of different ones, what goes into a preservative, and a downloadable comparison chart, to name a few things. Before commenting, please consider looking at that section as I think the question you have may be answered there. …...

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Lotion: Adding the additives!

If you read this when first posted, you probably realized I had not included any of the new exciting ingredients from the speciality ingredients post! I guess the painkillers from the knee injury are making my brain woozy! So let’s tweak our original recipe to include these exciting new ingredients! My changes are in green…...

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Lotions: Exciting facial moisturizer additives!

So you like your moisturizer, but you want those extra fancy ingredients to treat specific issues you might have…so what to do?There are literally thousands of ingredients you can add in small amounts to your moisturizers, and, as much as I’d like to, I can’t spend the rest of my natural life reviewing them (hey,…...

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Lotions: Facial moisturizers (updated)

Yeah, I know, once you find a moisturizer you like, it’s really hard to try a new one. I was forced to make my own after my favourite decided to change an ingredient and my acne prone skin broke out like silly! So what is the difference between a light lotion and a moisturizer? The…...

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Lotions: Make a light lotion

We’ve made a regular lotion (about 70% water) and we’ve made a thick cream (about 60% water), so let’s take a look at light lotions. They are great for body and face – you might call them a moisturizing milk or a facial moisturizer. They’re fine for bottling in non-pump bottles as they are quite…...

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