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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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As Summer gets closer to coming to a close, I find it important to make the most of what's left. Celebrate the days with outdoor picnics, trips to the beach, and long walks in the woods. By night, treat yourself... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi Michelle, You could certainly scent this recipe with Essential Oil. Just make sure that the oil you choose is safe for lips and properly diluted. Peppermint and Spearmint are my personal favorites for lip balm.
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Hi Michelle, Thanks for visiting The Natural Beauty Workshop. Glycerin is a humectant and helps to draw moisture to the skin. It's also super sticky, which can help make molding your bombs a little easier. It's a totally optional additive though, so feel free to skip it.
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Hi Ms E, Thanks for visiting The Natural Beauty Workshop. I'm so glad to hear that you are enjoying our blog. We're glad to be of help. Thanks again for your comment. I hope we'll hear from you again soon.
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Thanks, Virginia!
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Nothing brings out the natural wave and curl of your hair like a day at the beach. The combination of salt, heat, and humidity naturally teases and tousles your locks. If you're lucky, chance arranges these curls into something out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
A bath tub smoothie sounds like a great idea. I would start off with Yogurt Powder and Honey Powder. You could also add a little Dendritic or Epsom Salt scented with a fruit Fragrance or Essential Oil. You could even incorporate fruit by including a little Raspberry Fruit Seed Powder. Just keep in mind that the Fruit Seed Powder won't dissolve in water, and will probably leave a little bit of mess in the tub.
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Both Borax and Salt can help soften water and reduce surface tension. This is part of what helps Borax stabilize emulsions, so there is a definitely a chance that your theory could work. However, I don't know of anyone ever trying this, so it will have to be an experiment. I would suggest giving it a shot. It never hurts to try, after all. Please let us know how it turns out!
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Lavender buds tend to turn black and bleed a yellow color into MP soaps. When they are embedded inside the soap, they will turn black very quickly. The bleeding usually takes at least a week to develop. When you add the buds as a topping on the soaps, leaving most of the buds exposed to air, they stay pretty a little bit longer, but they too will eventually bleed a yellow tint into the soaps. If you'd like to add them to your soaps, the best way to do so is to add them last, leaving them mostly exposed to the air. Just keep in mind that they won't stay pretty for very long.
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If you ask me, one of the best things about Summer is the bounty of fresh, in-season fruit. Nothing tastes quite like a local peach or a home grown watermelon. If you have a farmer's market nearby, make sure to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi G. If you are making a balm (oils, butters, and wax) the best way to incorporate Aloe would be to do so with an oil-based ingredient, like Aloe Butter or Aloe Vera Oil. Aloe Powder is a whole powdered herb and won't dissolve in a balm or a lotion recipe. Having said that, adding Aloe ingredients to your recipe can help them be extra soothing, calming, and cooling on the skin.
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Hi Ella, Thanks for your comment, and thanks for visiting our blog. We formulated this recipe using the ratios advised in two different books on pet aromatherapy. However, when it comes to pet care, we agree that less is more, and you definitely shouldn't add more essential oil than you are comfortable with. Using half the amounts shown in this recipe would still produce a great shampoo.
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Hi Davey. You can use the ratios in this post to create a lotion formula in either weight or volume measurements. Just make sure to keep your recipe consistent. You can either measure everything by weight or everything by volume, but you shouldn't use both in the same formula.
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We've been searching for a long time for a line of naturally-derived Fragrance Oils that would make a great alternative to synthetics. After researching and sampling countless lines, we finally found a winner. Our new Plant-Based Fragrance Oils smell really... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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We're hard at work behind the scenes at From Nature With Love creating a new and improved web site. As we plan the coming changes, we'd love to hear from you. Do you have any suggestions for our new site?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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We are thrilled to be featuring a post today from Cybele Masterman, author of Blah Blah Magazine. Cybele has shared some really beautiful and creative beauty recipes on her site. From skin soothing lotions to foaming cleansers, Cybele has a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
I believe Gumamela is another name for Hibiscus. If this is the case, then yes, you can certainly use Hibiscus in a foot scrub. I would suggest using powdered dry Hibiscus in addition to salt or sugar.
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Thanks for sharing a link to your site, Darshall!
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Hi Angela, Congratulations on your business! Isn't it wonderful when you can make a living doing something you love? We wish you lots of success!
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Thanks for visiting. I'm glad you enjoyed the post!
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Hi Carlyn. You could add the Neem Oil at either point, but it would probably incorporate more easily if it is added before the clays and oatmeal. Those ingredients will thicken and cool the mixture quite a bit. Adding Neem to the fully hot melted soap will make it easy to dissolve.
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Beet Root Powder is basically dried and pulverized beet root. This powder isn't fully soluble in either oil or water, but it can be infused into either one using heat. The solid particles won't dissolve, but they will bleed color into the oil or water. Beet Root Powder is also used in soaps, bath bombs, and other recipes to add color directly by suspending it throughout the product. Another ingredient that you might come across is Beet Juice Powder, which is made from dehydrated beet juice. Beet Juice Powder is soluble in water, but not in oil. I hope this helps clear up how to use Beet Root Powder and Beet Juice Powder in formulations. If I can help with anything else, please let me know.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2014 on Beet Root Powder at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Hello readers! Mary Helen, your resident blogger here, with some very happy news. I bet you were wondering what all of these prenatal and baby care recipe posts were leading up to? The topic has been near and dear to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi Brenda, While I'm not sure of the exact temperature at which this oil would oxidize, I can tell you that it is a general best practice to keep carrier oils cool and out of direct light for long term storage. Any carrier oil, including Black Cumin Seed Oil will likely oxidize in extreme temperatures, so keeping the oil in storage of 35 - 40 degrees F is ideal. Generally, storing at a basic room temperature of around 70 F is also acceptable. For more tips on ingredient storage, check out this article from our site: https://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/library/storagevegetableoils.asp
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2014 on Black Cumin Seed Oil at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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