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The Natural Beauty Workshop
Oxford, CT
Natural and handmade skin care expert
Interests: health, beauty, herbalism, aromatherapy, soapmaking, environmentalism, natural skin care, crafts, life, green living
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For those of us who love a good bath, there is no better way to wind down before bed time. This simple bath oil, made with moisturizing Macadamia Nut Oil and a special blend of Essential Oils is just the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Natural Beauty Workshop
I'm really sorry that this recipe didn't work out for you. Bath fizzies can sometimes be unpredictable because they are so sensitive to moisture. The humidity in the air can sometimes be enough to set them off, or soften them. Fizzies that include Butters or Oils can be especially tricky during warm weather, as the butters or oils might not want to harden or set. If you're looking for a way to salvage the ingredients, I'd suggest turning them into non-fizzing bath cookies. This can be done by crumbling them up, adding a little more Mango Butter, then pushing them into small molds. Silicone Ice Cube trays work really well for this. Pop the molds into the fridge for about an hour before un-molding them. If it's still warm where you live, you might want to also add a pinch or two of Beeswax or Jojoba Esters to the additional Mango Butter to help them set up. Thanks so much for trying out the recipe, and for letting me know how it went for you. I hope you can find a way to make use of the ingredients, and again, I'm sorry that it didn't work out for you.
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Hi G. There's no official recommended usage rate for this ingredient, but I'd suggest adding it at around 5% of your total recipe. If you need some help calculating how much that would be in regards to your recipe, check out this article from our library: http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/library/guide-to-working-with-percentages.asp
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Halloween is right around the corner. Before we know it the time will come for spooky costumes and wild makeup. While costumes and jack-o-lanterns might get a little creepy now and then - it's the dangers that might be lurking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
That's great, Simone. Getting an emulsion to stabilize with just Beeswax can be tricky. Congratulations on a job well done!
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We've discontinued Egg Oil, but we carry quite a few other oils that are great for hair care - including Ungurahui, Pequi, Virgin Olive, and Oat Oil. I would suggest replacing the Egg Oil in this recipe with one of those. You can read about our favorite Carrier Oils for hair care here: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2014/06/our-favorite-carrier-oils-for-natural-hair-care.html
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Hi Donna. That is definitely true of Polysorbate when ingested. I'm not sure if it has the same effect topically, but you can certainly omit it from this recipe if you prefer. Just add a little extra oil to make up the difference.
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Adding Vitamin E T50 won't necessarily extend the recipe's shelf life, but it will help to ensure that it reaches its full potential shelf life by stopping it from premature oxidization. The estimated shelf life for the ingredients in this recipe are all 2 years or more. This means that the butter could stay fresh for just under two years - depending on proper storage. Adding Vitamin E T50 will help make sure it reaches that full shelf life. One thing to keep in mind with this recipe is that the color is likely to fade long before the ingredients go rancid. The dye in the Jojoba Wax Beads is likely to fade within 1-3 months or so. Vitamin E T50 won't prevent that from happening.
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Let's face it. Our feet can get a little on the icky side now and then. If they are getting a bit too aromatic for your liking, they might benefit from a lotion with some anti-funk benefits. Karanja Oil and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
I haven't heard of the OCM being used for body care. One reason might be that it would be difficult to reproduce the hot washcloth technique over the whole body. That technique is really important to the success of the OCM, and the oils used are fairly heavy and will actually clog the pores if they aren't removed effectively. If you're looking for a soap-free alternative body wash, I'd suggest checking out Aritha Powder (Soap Nuts) or Oatmeal. You can find a recipe for a simple Aritha Body Wash here: https://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/product.asp?product_id=herbaritha You can find a recipe for a simple Oatmeal Body Scrub here: http://www.natural-homeremedies-for-life.com/oatmeal-scrub.html If you are open to using a mild soap, Liquid Castile is great. It can be diluted with water or Hydrosol to make it extra gentle. We have a recipe for a Sensitive Skin Body Sash made with Castile here: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2014/05/cistus-witch-hazel-body-wash-for-super-sensitive-skin.html
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That's right. The Silk Powder can be added to the oil phase of your recipe. I've personally never added Silk Powder to lip products so I'm not sure if the slip would be pleasant on the lips or not. It's certainly worth experimenting with. Another way that I like to add smoothness and adhesion to lip products is by including Liquid Lecithin at 2-5%. Lecithin increases adhesion and gives products an extra creamy texture.
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You can certainly use the Kaolin Clay and Oatmeal as cleansers, either separately, or mixed together.
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2014 on Kaolin Clays at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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To make a slurry, just add an equal amount of oil from your recipe to the silk powder, then mix to form a paste. Add a little more oil, a few drops at a time, until a smooth paste forms. This paste can be mixed into the rest of the recipe more easily than adding the powder directly. As far as how much Silk Powder to use, 5% of your total recipe is a great place to start. You can experiment from there by adding less or more to your taste. The Silk Powder shouldn't cause a gritty texture. It should give the Body Butter a nice soft slip.
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Hi Viem. Usually when I add Essential Oils to a Milk Bath, I mix them in with something really absorbent, like Baking Soda or Dendritic Salt, than add that scented powder to the Milk Powder. This helps keep the Milk Powder from getting moistened by the oils. When incorporated in this way, the shelf life of the Milk Bath shouldn't be affected very much by the inclusion of Essential Oil. When adding Milk Powder to a balm formula (oil and wax) it can shorten the shelf life. Since oil and milk don't mix terribly well, I wouldn't recommend adding Milk Powder to balms in general.
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The old adage, "you are what you eat" is hardly more true than when it comes to natural beauty. There's almost nothing better to support a great head of hair than a healthy body fueled by excellent nutrition. Eating a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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The Natural Beauty Workshop's author, Mary Helen Leonard, is hard at work on her very first print book! Natural Beauty Reset: How to Break Free From Commercial Beauty Products Using Simple Recipes and Natural Ingredients will serve as a step-by-step... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi Geraldine. You can expect a balm like this to remain fresh for about 3 - 6 months, if not longer. You can help reinforce the shelf life by adding an antioxidant ingredient, such as Vitamin E T50 or Rosemary Oil Extract. That would help the product reach its potential shelf life with a little more certainty.
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I'm only four months into motherhood, but I've already learned that it's not always a glamorous endeavor. Between diaper mishaps, feeding fumbles, and drool it can sometimes feel like a dirty job. After my little one developed a few extra... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Nothing beats a really great massage. The right touch can help your muscles to relax, your circulation to flow more freely, and your emotional state to calm and settle. While the skill of the massouse is probably the most important... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Have fun experimenting, Becky. Thanks for stopping by!
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Thanks, Sandra! Let us know how it works out for you.
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Shealoe Butter has a very unique consistency, so changing out that ingredient would alter the texture of this scrub pretty dramatically. The Beeswax is present to make the scrub a little more firm. You could leave it out, but you'll have a softer texture in the finished product. You certainly could make a scrub with Organic Virgin Coconut Cream Oil with or without wax. Just keep in mind that it will look and feel very different from the original recipe.
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Melt & Pour soap can be a lot of fun. As far as soap making methods go, this one probably offers the widest range of complexity. You can keep things easy by making a solid colored soap, or spice things... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Would it be possible for you to share the recipe you are using with me? It's hard for me to guess what might be going wrong without seeing the whole picture. I'm not actually familiar with any liquid soap recipes that use Emulsifying Wax in this way. I look forward to learning more about your recipe and hopefully being of some help!
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You can try substituting the Jojoba Esters in this recipe with 1 - 2 teaspoons of White Beeswax, but you'll find the texture to be a little heavier and stickier than it would be with Jojoba. It's definitely worth experimenting with though, so I would suggest giving it a shot. Let us know how it turns out, or if you have any other questions.
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