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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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The concept of deep-cleansing one's face with an oil-based serum might seem a little counter-intuitive, but the practice of oil-cleansing actually makes a lot of sense. Sebum, skin's natural lubricant and protectant, can be readily dissolved by the right ratio... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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It's finally here! The Natural Beauty Solution will be officially released on June 30! Our blogger, Mary Helen Leonard, is thrilled to share her first book with the world. The Natural Beauty Solution is a step-by-step guide to replacing commercial... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Dead Sea Mud is a wonderful ingredient. I'm sure you'll love it, Whedan!
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Hi Amanda. Yes, our Vanilla CO2 Extract is suitable for use in lip products.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2015 on CO2 Extracts at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Hi Mahima. Unfortunately, without a suspension base there isn't much you can do to stop solid ingredients from either floating or settling. If you are making a liquid soap than you'll need to shake it before use.
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Hi Meaux. Any other type of Milk Powder should do nicely. You might want to try Buttermilk or Coconut Milk Powder instead. If Milk Powder is totally unavailable you can simply omit that ingredient.
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Hi Marsha. If you are using the same formula as you usually do I would recommend melting them down and whipping them again. It's possible that this most recent batch just didn't get enough air whipped into it as it cooled. If you've changed the formula at all that could explain the difference in texture too. Using higher ratios of Wax or hard Oils and Butters can change the texture of a formulation dramatically.
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Hi Arlo. It really depends on your formula, but in general, yes. You can often use Carnauba Wax as a thickener.
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Hi Monique. Both clays are kaolin based and tinted with natural oxides. They are also both fairly gentle and suitable for most skin types. The biggest difference between the two would be in color. Rose Clay has a dustier, earthier color while Pink Kaolin is a brighter shade.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2015 on Rose Clay at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Hi Pam. Unfortunately products that are oil and butter based - like body butters and bath truffles - do have a tendency to melt readily. Without adding additional hard waxes or synthetic stabilizers it ends up being an issue when warm weather starts. Some formulators stop selling these kinds of products in the summer while others find creative shipping solutions or choose to reformulate their products to make them extra hard.
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Thank you, Rose. I'm so happy you are enjoying our blog! Whenever you add an ingredient like milk powder to a scrub you do run the risk of decreasing its shelf life. If you are working in small batches and using the product quickly (for personal use) than this isn't usually a huge problem with coconut milk powder. However, if you are formulating products for sale and need long-term stability for shelf life you may need to add a preservative. We have some great reading on using preservatives at the following link: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/preservatives.html
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It sounds like what you'd like to make would be a fresh lotion or cream. Lotions and creams use a technique called emulsion to bond the water and oil phases of the formulations together. You can learn about how to craft your own custom emulsions here: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2011/05/emulsion-the-magic-trick-of-creams-and-lotions.html
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Hi Yvonne. This sounds like a rather advanced formulation issue so I'm not sure how much I can help - but I can tell you that emulsions usually work best when both the oil and water phases are heated. If you are emulsifying with the shea butter at room temperature that could be the problem. If you end up needing more help with this I would suggest talking with a private label cosmetics lab. They are experts at stabilizing emulsions and shelf life issues.
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Hi Harold. I would recommend starting off with your base, then adding an exfoliant, like Walnut Shell Powder to it. You can try formulating a liquid soap or a facial cream as a base, or you can try working with a pre-made base instead. We carry both cream and liquid soap bases at www.fromnaturewithlove.com. As for preservation, most recipes that include water or any ingredients that contain water or are water-based do require a preservative. Often essential oils are not enough to act as effective preservatives. To learn more about using preservatives, check out the links at the following page: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/preservatives.html
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2015 on Walnut Shell Powder at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Hi Pam. Yes, definitely keep practicing. The timing can be a little tricky but the more you work with balms the quicker you will become at getting them into their containers. If you plan to increase the scent just be careful not to exceed the recommended usage rate for the Fragrance or Flavor Oil you are using. In this case, that is 4%, and the recipe above calls for the maximum allowed.
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Glad that you are enjoying it. Thanks for stopping by!
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That is correct, Marina. If you'd like to use a natural emulsifier I recommend checking out liquid castile soap.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2015 on Jojoba Salt Scrubs at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Hi Valerie. Liquid Castile does have a natural aroma characteristic of most olive-based natural soaps. While you may not be able to mask the scent you could try complimenting it instead. Citrus is a great choice. You can also try any other skin-safe essential oil. Pretty much anything that would be suitable for bar soap can also be used in liquid soap. A few that I would suggest checking out at Bergamot, Neroli, Geranium, Spearmint, and Lemongrass.
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These molds were purchased on Amazon, but you can usually find a nice variety in local craft shops as well.
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2015 on Murumuru Lotion Bars at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Hi Jodi. That's a great idea! I would definitely give that a try and see how you like it.
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Hi Vidhya. There aren't any recipes that I know of that focus on brightening a child's complexion. One thing to keep in mind is that children's complexions can change with age so you may just want to wait and see if she grows into a more even tone. If you're concerned that the difference in skin tone could be a medical issue I would recommend seeing a doctor to have it checked out.
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Specialty Carrier Oils can add a boost of active benefits to skin and hair care formulations. Try incorporating the following Oils at just 5 - 20% to add value and interest to products like serums, creams, salves, balms, and facials.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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You may think that once you've smelled one vanilla you've smelled them all. The assumption is understandable but far from accurate. Different varieties and batches of aromatic ingredients like Essential Oils, CO2 Extracts, and Absolutes not only vary greatly in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
That's correct. An eight ounce jar may hold a totally different amount by weight depending on the volume of a product. It's best to label your product by whichever measurement is most accurate. You can either weigh the jars as you fill them and sell them by their actual weight or you can measure them by volume and sell them that way. As far as I know, as long as your labels are consistent and accurate it should be fine.
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We've recently entered that magical point of the year right in between Spring and Summer. The air is warming up. The skies are drying out, and fruit trees are beginning to come into their own. The mighty peach tree, for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop