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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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Hello, Readers! Mary Helen, your resident blogger here with an update on the status of my first print book, The Natural Beauty Solution. The Natural Beauty Solution is getting closer and closer to being finished. Over the past two weeks... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi there, Thanks for visiting The Natural Beauty Workshop. The Jojoba Esters 20 have been discontinued. At this time the only Jojoba Esters that we carry are the MP70 which can be found here: http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/soap/product.asp?product_id=OTHJOJOEST70US87 Thanks again for your message. Well certainly keep your interest in mind as we make future decisions on product selection. If we can help with anything else, please let us know. Mary Helen Leonard www.NaturalBeautyWorkshop.com www.FromNatureWithLove.com 341 Christian Street Oxford CT 06478 Tel: 203-702-2500 Fax: 203-702-2501 E-mail: Hostess@NaturalBeautyWorkshop.com Natural Beauty Workshop Readers Save an Extra 7% on their online orders at www.FromNatureWithLove.com using discount code NBWS4277!
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You're welcome, Josiah! I'm glad that we could help.
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You certainly can try experimenting with an 80% Beeswax, 20% Borax combination. I haven't tried making a lotion with that ratio yet, but I do know that Lecithin is really helpful in stabilizing the emulsion. I wouldn't recommend skipping it in general, but that doesn't mean that the emulsion won't work without it. You'll just have to give it a shot and see what happens. If you have a chance, it would be great if you could let us know how it works out for you.
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Whether you are a small business owner just starting out or a professional formulator for a national brand, the shelf life of your products is a major concern. We receive questions about this topic almost every day, and our responses... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi Nora. Sometimes food extracts will provide a light scent in bath fizzies, and while they are safe enough to use that way they usually don't hold up very well. Since food extracts are water soluble they can also disrupt the moisture level in the recipe which could cause your fizzies to explode prematurely or even poop out. It's best to use cosmetic-grade Fragrance Oils or skin-safe Essential Oils in your bath fizzies. You can find a great selection of both on our site at www.fromnaturewithlove.com.
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You can buy all of the ingredients for this recipe, and a wooden soap mold, thermometer, and scale at www.FromNatureWithLove.com. Use the discount code NBWS4277 to save 7% on your order. The other safety gear and supplies can be found at most grocery stores. Lye can be purchased online. Just do a web search for "where to buy lye for soap making" to find some suppliers. The ingredients in this recipe must be measured by weight. If you'd like to weigh the ingredients in metric, please convert them to grams. ML measures by volume which won't be accurate in this recipe.
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Hi Fatima. We strive to offer the best possible selection of ingredients at prices that are fair and competitive. Unfortunately the availability of natural ingredients can change unexpectedly and sometimes we are forced to stop carrying items due to changes beyond our control. I will definitely let our purchasing department know that you asked about the Egg Oil. They will keep your inquiry in mind when making future decisions about offering it again.
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Hi Kim. 3 weeks is a guideline for personal use. If you are formulating products for sale you may want to consider making changes to the formula such as changing out the preservative. Having the formulation challenge tested to determine a more accurate shelf life would also be recommended as it is the best way to accurately determine the shelf life of your finished product. More on Challenge Testing: https://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/library/testlaboratories.asp
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It's hard to believe that in more than seven years of blogging we have never shared a cold processed soap recipe on The Natural Beauty Workshop. We have some really incredible soap makers buying supplies from us and reading our... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Thanks, Tope! We love sharing creative ways to reinvent old favorites.
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2015 on Murumuru Lotion Bars at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Thanks! Please let us know how it turns out for you. If you take a photo we would love to see your batch.
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French Green Clay and Bentonite Clay are both recommended at around 1 tablespoon per pound in soap (as a general rule) so they should be pretty much interchangeable in recipes. The properties, color, and texture do vary a little, but either should both work well in your soap.
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Hi Irenie. I would expect that the shelf life and stability of the lip balm could certainly be affected by the inclusion of milk powder. Most milk powders have a shelf life of around 6 - 12 months, so a 6 month shelf life would be the most I would expect to get from the balm. Of course, the shelf life could be shortened further after the product is used. I'm not completely sure how much it would be affected, so if you are planning to sell the balms you may want to consult a private lab to have your formula tested for stability or to get some advanced formulation advice.
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Hi Samantha. Adding Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils to bath salts is totally optional. You can use any recipe and simply leave out the Essential Oil to make a beautiful batch of unscented bath salts.
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The natural lactic acids in milk make it a wonderful beauty ingredient. These mild acids can gently loosen dead skin cells, allowing them to be rinsed or scrubbed away without damaging skin. Casien, another component of dairy products, can help... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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I don't know about you, but for me, the word winter is synonymous with the word dry. It seems like no matter how much water I drink I am still constantly thirsty. My skin is thirsty too - soaking up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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If you ask me, slathering a dollop of whipped Shea Butter onto dry skin is one of life's great pleasures. This is especially true during the long cold months of Winter when dry air seems to constantly draw moisture out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Thanks so much for sharing your story. I'm so glad that this recipe worked out so well for you and your family!
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Cold processed soap is often the cornerstone of artisan handcrafted skin care businesses - and it's no wonder why. The difference between a well-made natural bar of soap and the stuff you find in a box at the grocery store... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
If you are incorporating a wax as an emulsifier, Beeswax would be the more traditional choice. If the purpose of the wax is to simply firm up the product (as in a balm or water-free butter formulation) than Jojoba Esters MP70 are a great choice. Jojoba Esters provide a hard texture with a less waxy/sticky feel than Beeswax.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2015 on Jojoba Esters at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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In general, emulsions work as long as the overall ratio for oils, emulsifiers, and waters is sound. In theory, you should be able to swap out the portion of Emulsifying Wax with an equal portion of Beexwas Lecithin Borax mixture (80% Beeswax, 10% Lecithin, 10% Borax). For example, if a recipe called for 10 grams of Emulsifying Wax you could try using 8 grams Beeswax, 1 gram Borax, and 1 gram Lecithin. Of course, some formulations are more tricky than others and swapping out one emulsifier for another may not always be successful. I'd suggest testing your new formula in a small batch before making a larger amount.
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Hi Lindsy. Adding Essential Oil to an already scented soap could result in a soap that is over-scented. That has the possibility of irritating your skin or even exposing you to an unsafe dosage of Essential Oil. I would recommend starting off with an unscented Castile Soap instead. If you can't find one locally, check out our selection at www.FromNatureWithLove.com. Here's a direct link to the page that offers Castile Soap Base: http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/soap/product.asp?product_id=ORGLIQCASTILEUS108
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View image | gettyimages.com Have you tried Murumuru Butter yet? The virtues of Murumuru Butter are plentiful. Take a look at its benefits and you'll see why this exotic ingredient is so easy to love. Great texture -This rich, moisturizing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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As we say hello to the new year it's nice to take a moment to remember all there was to love about 2014. As usual we shared plenty of recipes, my personal favorite being Lavender Macaron Lip Balms. Yum! We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at The Natural Beauty Workshop