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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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Is there anything more inspiring to the creative mind than a clean and well-organized work space? For me, starting my day's work with a blank palette and everything I need within reach is a tried and true recipe for productivity.... Continue reading
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"I'm planning on experimenting with an insect repellent bar and was wondering what scent combinations you would suggest." - Kate Shilling, of Little Granolas from St. Albans, VT, All of the following Essential Oils are known to offer some degree... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
I'm afraid I can't offer any specific advice for individuals regarding their skin but I think if you check out this article and the others linked toward the bottom you'll find just about all of the information you could need to learn everything about the Oil Cleansing Method. If you need more help I'd recommend reaching out to a skin care discussion group on Facebook or a Community page on G+ where you can get advice from other people with similar experiences.
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Another ingredient for a great reddish violet color is Alkanet Root powder. Alkanet provides a really rich color and tends to work well in most formulation while beet root powder has turned out to be a little finicky. Check out the following article for some more suggestions on coloring products with herbs. We carry a few different options that can provide a range of color. Natural Tinting Herbs: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2008/03/using-natural-h.html
Toggle Commented May 10, 2015 on Beet Root Powder at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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I would recommend checking out some whipped butter recipes. Body butters that are whipped as they cool end up having a creamy, spreadable texture while still providing the intense conditioning found in a balm. To cut down on the greasiness of your formulations try adding a starch such as Cornstarch or Oat Starch or Silk Powder at around 3-5% of the total formulation. Check out our complete recipe list here: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/the-natural-beauty-workshops-recipe-article-guide.html
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I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. I love trying new things with my photos so I'm always on the lookout for new tricks. Photography is definitely one of those things that you never stop learning about.
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When I first started working at From Nature With Love I was instantly captivated by the huge selection of Pearlescent Micas. The rainbow of shimmering colors put glitter to shame. I couldn't wait to start adding them to colorful soaps... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Pre-orders are now available for The Natural Beauty Solution, a step-by-step guide to DIY natural beauty written by our very own resident blogger, Mary Helen Leonard! Pre-order your copy through Mary Helen's shop and receive a special pre-order bonus: a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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 Apr 26, 2015 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 Apr 26, 2015 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 Apr 24, 2015 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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