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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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We're thrilled to announce our support for Uncommon Scents, a new documentary about aromatherapy! This educational film will offer insight into the nature and benefits of aromatherapy from leading experts in the essential oils and aromatherapy industry. With public enthusiasm... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Organic Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood Essential Oil, a sustainable alternative to Indian sandalwood! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Adorable pink fizzing bath treats scented with Wild Rose Plant-Based Fragrance Oil and topped with candy sprinkles. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Valentine's Day is right around the corner. If you are a bath and body artisan that probably means it's time to fill your shelves with bright, colorful, and romantic products. Crafters and hobbyists can also get in on the fun... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi Evelyn. While Arnica is definitely my first choice for this recipe you can certainly substitute another type of CO2 Extract or Essential Oil that complements hair formulations. My favorites would be Rosemary Essential Oil or Yarrow Essential Oil.
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One of the latest and greatest natural hair care ingredients to gain popularity is Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Ours is made by roasting, grinding, and boiling all natural castor seeds to extract their pure, potent oil. The process yields a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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It's been a great year here on The Natural Beauty Workshop. Join us as we look back on our favorite posts from the past year! Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Normally when we feature a favorite selection from the FNWL Bookstore we do so by writing a review. Today we're doing something a little different. I wrote this book myself - so as you might imagine I felt a little... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Whipped Body Butter | The Natural Beauty Solution from Mary Helen Leonard on Vimeo. Mary Helen, our resident blogger and author of The Natural Beauty Solution created this gorgeous video showing the step-by-step process for creating Whipped Body Butter. This... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Filling your home with the warm and fragrant scents of the holiday season doesn't have to mean saturating the air with chemical fresheners or mass-produced potpourri. There are lots of different ways to add a touch of holiday aroma to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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For many artisans and small businesses, formulating personal and home care products for the Winter and holiday season is a huge priority. Sales during this busy time of year can be crucial to an operation's success. Many soap makers and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Water soluble pomades are usually made with a lot of heavy-duty emulsifiers, silicones, and preservatives so they are a little outside of our wheel-house. I don't know if I have personally ever seen an all-natural water-soluble pomade, but finding one would be the first step toward cracking this code. Take a close look at the ingredients they are using and see if you can figure out the ratios and techniques they use to achieve the final product. Good luck! If you come up with a recipe please let us know. We would love a guest post!
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Your butter sounds lovely! I love the combination of sweet citrus and creamy coconut. Yum! Water getting into the butter could definitely have an affect on the texture - not to mention the stability of the recipe. Another possibility is that the butter in the recipe has crystalized. This is not uncommon in vegetable butters. It happens most often to Shea Butter, but crystallization can also occur in Mango Butter, Cocoa Butter, and other vegetable butters too. Basically, tiny crystals form in the structure of the butter when it is melted and hardened again - sort of like what happens when you melt chocolate. We have some instructions on how to pre-treat your butters before formulation to help stop this from happening in new batches. Here's a link: http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/library/vegetablebuttercrystalization.asp
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There is a chance this could work but my concern would be over-heating the milk and spoiling it. Milk contains quite a bit of natural sugar which could easily be affected by heat. The best thing to do to tackle moisture, in my opinion, would be to make sure that all of the other ingredients in the formula are 100% dry (salts, for example) and that the product is packaged in an airtight container. And yes, the heating could also affect the EO. Essential Oils are volatile meaning they can morph and evaporate when exposed to air and heat.
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Hi Rene. Borax is a type of mineral salt. While it isn't available as a certified organic ingredient it is generally considered natural. The blog, Crunchy Betty, has a really helpful post about Borax and her concerns on using it here: http://www.crunchybetty.com/getting-to-the-bottom-of-borax-is-it-safe-or-not Unfortunately there are not a whole lot of natural alternatives when it comes to emulsifiers. My personal favorite emulsifier other than the beeswax, borax, lecithin combination is Emulsifying Wax - a soy wax pre-blended with cetyl alcohol. It is not natural, but it is non-toxic and very easy to work with. I hope this helps, Rene. If any other readers have a suggestion for a borax substitute please leave a reply!
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It sounds like the first thing you'll want to do is verify that what you have is pure Beeswax. If the ingredient is blended with something other than Beeswax that might explain why it is behaving so strangely. Generally Beeswax and Oil melt together very easily with no emulsifier. I can't think of any reason why that might happen with pure Beeswax. Is it possible for you to contact the manufacturer or supplier of this wax for more information about it?
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Hi Khadeeja. Most starch powders work well. If silk powder or arrowroot powder aren't available, you can try using cornstarch or oat starch instead. We have all four of these products available for sale on our web site at www.fromnaturewithlove.com. You can use the code NBWS4277 to save an extra 7% on your online order.
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Lotion Bars do have a tendency to melt in hot climates. You can try increasing the amount of wax and hard butter in the recipe to help make them more firm, but the texture and feel on the skin will also change as a result. A body butter or lotion in a jar might be a better choice for gifts that need to be transported to a warmer climate. Check out our post on making whipped body butter to find some ideas. http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2013/02/how-to-make-whipped-body-butters-1.html
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Hi Kali. We do have some recipes for washing grains. Check out our Kyoto Facial Scrub Recipe here: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2008/03/kyoto-scrub.html And check out our Everyday Facial Cleanser post here: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2011/09/creating-everyday-facial-cleansers-from-natural-ingredients.html You can also make a super-simple washing grain mixture by combining Rice Bran Powder or Adzuki Bean Powder with water. I like to make a slightly more complex version by combining 1/2 cup grain powder with 3 tablespoons of cosmetic clay, and a few drops of essential oil.
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Thanks, Bertha. We're so glad you enjoyed the article!
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Hi Ellen. Pearlescent Micas don't usually permanently stain surfaces, linens or fixtures when they are used in cosmetic formulations such as bath salts, but it's always best to error on the side of safety and proceed with caution if your surfaces are prone to staining. If they are used too heavily it could be a possibility. Micas that contain FD&C or D&C dyes are more likely to stain than others so I would recommend avoiding those is stains are a concern. You also might want to test your formulation in a small sink to test the concentration of color. If it stains your hands or fingernails that is a good sign that you are using too much colorant.
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Hi Antoinette. In the past, we used the name Organic Virgin Coconut Cream Oil for what is now sold as Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. It is the same ingredient - just with a less lengthy name. You can find a wonderful variety of this oil on our site. www.fromnaturewithlove.com. Use the discount code NBWS4277 to save 7% on your order.
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You could certainly try using an immersion blender to mix a whipped butter but the result won't be exactly the same as what you would achieve with a whip attachment. I would recommend trying it out with a small batch to see how you like the finished texture. If it doesn't turn out how you expected you might want to consider using a handheld mixer with a whip attachment as an alternative. Or, you could split the batch into smaller portions to make it easier to work with.
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Hi Evelyn. Extracts are often added to formulations at a rate of between 1 - 5%. In general, 3% is a good place to start. While you are calculating your usage rate just keep in mind that some extracts are concentrated. For example, an extract marked 4:1 is concentrated at 4 times its normal strength - meaning you'll only need 1/4 what you would add if using an unconcentrated extract.
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Our seasonal Fall sale is now underway, featuring a huge selection of soap making and personal care ingredients at discounts of up to 50%! Our Fall sale is a great opportunity to stock up on favorite and most-used ingredients or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop