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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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Creating customized cleansing oils is as easy as 1-2-3! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Colorful glycerin soap bars embedded with natural nut, seed, and grain powders. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Discover five all-new Exfoliants for use in soaps and scrubs. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Our top picks for foundation learning on soap making and handmade bath and body formulation. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Wondering what to do with your crushed or broken bath bombs or bath fizzies? We can help. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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A warm and stimulating body scrub made with Ginger Essential Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Sea Salt, and Pure Cane Sugar. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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A quick and easy guide to choosing the best natural exfoliant for your formulation. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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An herbal blend used to open pores, refresh the skin, and delight the user. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Our Spring sale is now underway, featuring a huge selection of soap making and personal care ingredients at discounts of up to 50%! Our Spring sale is a great opportunity to stock up on favorite and most-used ingredients or try... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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A cold processed soap recipe for a cheerfully scented, rich lathering bar soap. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Discover seven brand new Organic Hydrosols including Cucumber, Lime, Douglas Fir, and Rosehip! Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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One of the best things about the online soap making and cosmetic formulation community is being inspired by fellow artisans. That's why we've started asking our followers on Twitter and Facebook to tag their project and product photos with the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi Cindy. Since I'm not an esthitician or a dermatologist I try not to give too much specific advice to an individual's skin care issues, but I can tell you that as a general rule of thumb it is always wise to perform patch tests on sensitive skin. That would mean trying a very small amount of each carrier oil on an inconspicuous patch of skin to see if there is any negative reaction. (Just be sure to dilute any essential oils before using them this way as they should not be used at full strength.) From a formulator's standpoint the blend you mentioned sounds lovely, but until you try it out you won't know how your own skin will react! Keep track of how it feels on your skin and how your skin reacts after using it. As for ratio, I'd recommend starting with a good amount of Rose Hip and Evening Primrose - using them as your base oils. They could make up around half of the recipe and the other fruit and vegetable oils could be combined to make the other half. The essential oil should be added at a maximum of 1-3%. Start there with a very small batch of facial oil and adjust further batches as needed. Keep notes as you go and you'll soon end up with a blend you love. Good luck!
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Hi Kimberly. You can expect this kind of scrub to remain stable, as-is at room temperature for about three to six months. That is, if the product is unopened and uncontaminated to start. The trouble with stability in scrubs often comes from how they are handled, which is why it is often recommended to add a preservative even though the base formulation is fairy stable. You can learn more here: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2011/05/emulsion-the-magic-trick-of-creams-and-lotions.html
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2016 on Using Preservatives at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Hi Rose. Those ingredients are all fairly gentle so using them daily shouldn't be a big problem. However, if you are looking for a daily cleansing method that doesn't use exfoliation at all I would consider using either a very gentle natural soap or the Oil Cleansing Method, which you can learn more about here: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2014/02/the-oil-cleansing-method.html
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Hi Vanessa. Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm so glad that we are helping you! You can definitely try adding a powdered ingredient to enhance your butter's texture. Starches like Arrowroot or Cornstarch can help make the texture less greasy while Silk Powder can help give the product a soft, slippery slip. Any of these can be added at a rate of about 1 teaspoon to every 1-2 ounces of butter you are making. You can find out more about these tips (and more) at the following link: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2013/02/how-to-make-whipped-body-butters-1.html
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Yes! We love inventory for just this reason.
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You can definitely swap out the essential oil but be careful to choose one that is safe for this application. Steaming an essential oil in the shower is a powerful delivery method so it's important to do your research on this one. As for color, try adding a little mineral-based color, such as Ultramarine or Oxide to tint the tablets.
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Sure! Hemp Seed Butter is highly moisturizing and full of lovely fatty acids. The butter has a soft texture that can be scooped by hand and used as-is or in formulations.
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Thanks, Anne-Marie! We'll be sure to pass on your kind words to Kelly.
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Hi Linda. I'm afraid my experience working with raw Shea is somewhat limited so I can't recommend a specific temperature for you to work at. However, it does sound like you are on the right track by trying to keep the butter cool. If the butter isn't crystalized before you whip you might want to try whipping it cold instead of melting it. This can be done similarly to how one would cream butter in a stand mixer to make frosting. As for the butter flopping, softening, and settling in warm temperatures this is totally typical of whipped shea. Some formulators won't even sell whipped shea outside of Winter months for just this reason. Some formulators try to harden the shea by melting it down with wax and harder oils/butters, but that is totally optional.
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Hi Adela! This is totally typical behavior for any kind of solid balm or butter. The heat from the melted product pulls inward as the product cools creating a cavity in the top of the product. One way to avoid this is to try and pour at a cooler temperature. That isn't always possible, so some formulators use a different solution. They reserve a small amount of product, re-melt it after the balms have cooled, then pour it over the cooled balms - topping off the products!
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Thanks, Lisa. We are excited to offer it!
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Great advice, Jenn!
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You're welcome, Missy. I'm so glad we could help!
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