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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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Hi Maya. I'm so glad to hear that you are enjoying the blog. Congratulations on your journey into natural skin care. It can be a challenge, but so worthwhile! If you have any questions please feel free to reach out anytime.
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I'm so glad you are enjoying our site! If you have any questions please let me know.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Pistachio Butter at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Sangre de Drago Extract is a good ingredient for salves and ointments, but it wouldn't be my first choice for anti-aging formulations. If you'd like to create something for mature skin I suggest checking out the following article which highlights some of our favorite ingredients for that purpose. Best Ingredients for Mature Skin http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2013/01/best-ingredients-for-mature-skin.html The ingredients featured on this blog and sold on www.FromNatureWithLove.com are meant for cosmetic formulation only. We don't recommend any of our ingredients, including the Sangre De Drago for consumption.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Sangre de Drago at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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It's not usually possible to truly stabilize a cream after the initial emulsion fails, but you may be able to re-mix it as a quick temporary fix. Try warming the mixture gently then whipping it for five to ten minutes. It may separate again, but that might give you a usable texture for a little while.
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Looking to up your soap making game? Have a question that you just can't find an answer for on your trusty search engine? Need a recommendation on a new technique or ingredient? Sometimes you need a community that shares your... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi Rhonda. You can add a preservative such as Grapefruit Seed Extract, Optiphen, Phenonip, or Liquapar Oil to help keep a scrub stable. For more information on working with preservatives, check out the following link: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/preservatives.html
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Hi Amy. That's a tough one. Honey is naturally pretty stable on its own, so if you aren't adding any water-based ingredients to your recipe you may not need a preservative. I'm afraid I'm not 100% sure whether or not a preservative would be necessary in this case. If the product is for personal use I would recommend just making it in small batches and using it up quickly. If it is intended for sale you may want to consult a cosmetics lab for some formulation help and/or challenge testing.
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2015 on Using Preservatives at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Hi Alicia. I don't think using infant formula would be harmful in any way since it is edible, but in my experience it has a rather strong odor due to the iron supplement that is often added to it. For that reason I don't think it would be a great choice. It may also give the bath a different texture than expected since formula isn't usually made of pure milk - but contains additional ingredients.
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I'm glad my suggestion helped! I find that to be a really great solution for my own formulations. Sometimes it's easier to simplify things than add more.
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2015 on Using Preservatives at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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The simplest way to keep products stable on the shelf is to use only dry ingredients. Facial scrubs are great for this method because they can usually be hydrated with water, milk, oil, or hydrosol, just before use. If you have water or water-based ingredients present in your formulation you will probably need some heavy-duty preservatives or heat processes to keep the recipe stable for long term storage. In that case I would suggest consulting a private label lab or cosmetics formulating lab for help. These kinds of facilities can offer advanced formulation help that can make sure your recipe is safe and stable.
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2015 on Using Preservatives at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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The presence of water in this recipe is what causes it to have a short shelf life. If you'd like to keep the recipe stored for longer than a week I would suggest leaving it dry, and then adding the oils and hydrosol before use.
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2015 on Milk & Honey Facial at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Nothing beats a good long soak in the bath - especially when the tub is scented with the relaxing aroma of lavender. This simple formula combines purple colored bath salts with a soothing milk bath. Three layers of lavender goodness... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Jojoba Wax Beads are made of hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, which is a natural substance. They degrade similarly to other natural waxes like beeswax or candelilla. The following statement regarding environmental effects comes from the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for this product: "This material is readily biodegradable and unlikely to accumulate in the aquatic environment. Discharge of large quantities into the aquatic environment may kill fish and other aquatic organisms by oxygen depletion caused by rapid biodegradation." Basically, that means that products using Wax Beads, like scrubs or body washes, shouldn't pose a serious environmental concern, but dumping an entire tub of beads into a lake certainly could. I hope this helps clarify the nature of these ingredients a bit. As far as I know, the microbeads that are notorious for causing environmental issues are made of plastic. Since they don't biodegrade they can seriously harm wildlife and ecosystems.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2015 on Jojoba Wax Beads at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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There is a soap making workshop in Bellingham named Otion, which is about 1 hour from Seattle. (http://www.otionsoap.com/) They may offer classes on bath bombs as well. As far as classes in Seattle proper, I'm afraid I don't know of any to recommend. You can check out of Instructor Directory for more options. I believe there are some other instructors in Washington listed there. https://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/instructordirectory/default.asp
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Since Body Butters don't contain water they will always be slower to absorb than lotions or creams. Even homemade lotions and creams are often thicker and greasier than commercial products due to their containing whole ingredients instead of additives and fillers. That being said, there are a few things you can do to help make these kinds of products slightly less greasy or more easily absorbed. Additives like Silk Peptide Powder, Arrowroot Powder, Cornstarch, or Oat Starch can be added at around 1 - 5% to help give the products a drier, silkier slip. Using light Oils and Butters also helps. Shea is wonderful for the skin, but is very thick. Coconut Oil and Almond Oil are both fairly light, but you could try using Watermelon Seed Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, or Rice Bran Oil, which are all very light in texture instead.
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You can certainly add a moisturizing Butter or Oil, so long as it is sold at room temperature. Of course, it will change the texture quite a bit and stop the salts from being free-flowing. If you'd like to add a moisturizer you may be better off whipping up a batch of bath truffles or bath melts. Our Coconut Milk Bath Bars formula is a great example of what I mean. http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2014/03/coconut-milk-bath-bars.html
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The Jojoba Wax Beads in this recipe are only present to add color - though they do add a bit of exfoliation as well. Feel free to omit them from the recipe. It will still be great!
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Thanks very much! I have a few different wooden boards that I keep on hand for photography. They are each about 3 feet wide and 4 feet long. There are quite a few tutorials available for creating these kinds of backdrops. Here is a link to one of my favorites: http://tikkido.com/node/969
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In many ways, making soap can be akin to making art. Those who have mastered the craft create artful swirls, velvety smooth bars, and captivating landscapes of waves, textures, and colors. It can be very frustrating when the beauty of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Hi. You have a lot of exotic oils. Amazing selection. I am new to making soap and lotions. Would some of the exotic oils work in cold process soap making? Or are they geared for lotions etc? - Laura M.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi Maureen. I can't speak to your specific formulation, but the ingredients most commonly used to thicken water-based formulations are starches such as Cornstarch, Oat Starch, or Arrowroot Powder. These can be mixed into water-based ingredients and heated to thicken. Depending on your formula you might also consider creating an emulsion such as a lotion or cream by including fats, waxes, and emulsifiers. You can learn about crafting an emulsion at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/qxd3hvs Vegetable Gums, like Guar or Xanthan can also be used as thickeners in some formulas. I'd suggest looking into each of these ingredients then picking a few to experiment with.
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Hi Traci. All of our Fruit Powders and Fruit Seed Powders are made from whole seeds and fruits. This means that they won't be soluble in water. Placing them in a Tea Bag is a great way to help keep them from getting too messy in the tub. In our experience, a little bit of insoluble fiber in a bath product doesn't create a major issue, but it can certainly become a problem if the Fruit Powder takes up a large portion of the recipe. I'd recommend experimenting with it a little to get a feel for the ratios that do and do not work well.
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Rich, creamy Vegetable Butters can add intense moisture to almost any kind of skin or hair care formulation. They can even be added to handmade soaps to increase their conditioning benefits. But which Butter should you choose for your next... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
I don't know of any published list of essential oils that thicken or thin liquid soap, but it would be great if there was one! I'll keep an eye out during my searches online. If I see one out there I will certainly let you know.
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I'm afraid I don't have much information to offer you regarding Japanese Mud Bath Salts. From what I could find the mud used comes from a hot spring in Japan that is believed to have beneficial properties. I have not used these myself, but it sounds like the products being sold as Japanese Mud Bath Salts may be a mixture of dried mud and salt, or dried mud that already contains salt. You could probably create something similar using Dead Sea Salt and Sea Clay.
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