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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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You can certainly use Powdered Extracts in your facial recipes. For sensitive skin I would suggest checking out the Oatstraw and Burdock Root Extracts.
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We're glad you enjoyed the post, Jessica!
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Your hands are two of your body's most important assets. They work hard for us everyday, but how often do we return the favor? It's all too easy to take our hands for granted - subjecting them to everyday abuse... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Natural Beauty Workshop
I wouldn't recommend adding fresh fruit pulp to melt & pour soap. The base probably can't handle the high amount of moisture and sugar involved. Instead, try adding dried powdered fruit. If you'd like to add fresh fruit to soap, it would work better in Cold Processed Soap. You can learn more about Cold Processed Soap Making here: http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/library/coldprocess.asp
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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 Aug 20, 2014 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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