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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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Antioxidants, fatty acids, vitamins, and phytonutrients: these are the things that keep our skin and hair (not to mention the rest of our body) in great shape from the inside out. Working super foods packed with beauty boosting nutrients into... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi Julie. Thanks for spotting that typo! The Borax is only necessary for those using the Organic Emulsifying Wax. In that case, you'd need to add a teaspoon of Borax to the recipe dissolved into the Hydrosol.
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Hi Viv. We carry a Cucumber Seed Oil for cosmetic purposes at From Nature With Love. We re-package our Oils in a facility that is cosmetic grade, so we cant recommend any of our ingredients for consumption. We dont have a food oil supplier that we can direct you to. Id suggest doing some web searches for buy cucumber oil and look for cucumber seed oil specifically - avoiding any perfume oils or fragrance oils. Cucumber Seed Oil at From Nature With Love: http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/soap/product.asp?product_id=OILCUCSDCPCL497 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!
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2014 on Cucumber Seed Oil at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Hi Glenda. Start off with equal parts of the dry ingredients to make a simple cleanser, adding just enough hydrosol to make a smooth paste. You can adjust the ratio of dry ingredients to suit your taste, or add a base ingredient like Oat Flour or Rice Bran Powder to bulk it up. We have some more information on making these kinds of powdered cleansers here: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2011/09/creating-everyday-facial-cleansers-from-natural-ingredients.html 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!
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2014 on Organic Honey Powder at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Chickpea Flour, also called Garbanzo Flour, has been a traditional ingredient in Indian beauty and skin care for generations. It has a soft, gentle texture that lends itself perfectly to body scrubs. When paired with sugar, Chickpea Flour can polish... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi Nhi, Thanks for visiting The Natural Beauty Workshop. From what I understand, Mulberry Extract is used in skin care products as a lightening agent. It may have some antioxidant value as well as some ability to inhibit darkening. We dont carry this extract so my knowledge on it is limited. I would suggest contacting the manufacturer or supplier you are interested in and asking for some literature on the ingredient. Thanks again for stopping by, Nhi. Please let me know if I can help with anything else.
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Rose Hip Seeds are packed with goodness, and their cold-pressed oil is one of the best all-around ingredients you can have in your natural beauty stash. Add Rose Hip Seed Oil to hair care recipes to pamper your scalp or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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Lip Balms are easy to make and perfect for gift-giving. These tiny little treats can be popped into stockings, goodie bags, gift baskets, or anywhere a small dainty is needed. These five projects use natural butters, oils, and waxes to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Thanks, Anne-Marie! It's my favorite ingredient for foot recipes too. The only other place I love peppermint quite so much is in shampoo. It feels wonderful on your scalp.
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Hi Stephanie. In general, plain waxes like Beeswax and Candelilla require the use of Borax and Lecithin in order to emulsify lotion and cream recipes. You could certainly try using the wax on its own, but I think you'll find more success by including those two additives.
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Usage for each ingredient varies by type. While Carrier Oils can be used directly on the skin as-is, Essential Oils and CO2 Extracts must be diluted in Carrier Oils first. To make an oil blend for your face, start by blending together up to four Carrier Oils (you can use equal portions to make this easy). Essential Oils and/or CO2 Extracts can be added to the blend at a rate of 6 - 18 drops for every ounce of Carrier Oil. For more information on blending facial oils, check out this article from our blog: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2007/12/creating-moistu.html
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For those of us who love a good bath, there is no better way to wind down before bed time. This simple bath oil, made with moisturizing Macadamia Nut Oil and a special blend of Essential Oils is just the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
I'm really sorry that this recipe didn't work out for you. Bath fizzies can sometimes be unpredictable because they are so sensitive to moisture. The humidity in the air can sometimes be enough to set them off, or soften them. Fizzies that include Butters or Oils can be especially tricky during warm weather, as the butters or oils might not want to harden or set. If you're looking for a way to salvage the ingredients, I'd suggest turning them into non-fizzing bath cookies. This can be done by crumbling them up, adding a little more Mango Butter, then pushing them into small molds. Silicone Ice Cube trays work really well for this. Pop the molds into the fridge for about an hour before un-molding them. If it's still warm where you live, you might want to also add a pinch or two of Beeswax or Jojoba Esters to the additional Mango Butter to help them set up. Thanks so much for trying out the recipe, and for letting me know how it went for you. I hope you can find a way to make use of the ingredients, and again, I'm sorry that it didn't work out for you.
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Hi G. There's no official recommended usage rate for this ingredient, but I'd suggest adding it at around 5% of your total recipe. If you need some help calculating how much that would be in regards to your recipe, check out this article from our library: http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/library/guide-to-working-with-percentages.asp
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Halloween is right around the corner. Before we know it the time will come for spooky costumes and wild makeup. While costumes and jack-o-lanterns might get a little creepy now and then - it's the dangers that might be lurking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
That's great, Simone. Getting an emulsion to stabilize with just Beeswax can be tricky. Congratulations on a job well done!
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We've discontinued Egg Oil, but we carry quite a few other oils that are great for hair care - including Ungurahui, Pequi, Virgin Olive, and Oat Oil. I would suggest replacing the Egg Oil in this recipe with one of those. You can read about our favorite Carrier Oils for hair care here: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2014/06/our-favorite-carrier-oils-for-natural-hair-care.html
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Hi Donna. That is definitely true of Polysorbate when ingested. I'm not sure if it has the same effect topically, but you can certainly omit it from this recipe if you prefer. Just add a little extra oil to make up the difference.
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Adding Vitamin E T50 won't necessarily extend the recipe's shelf life, but it will help to ensure that it reaches its full potential shelf life by stopping it from premature oxidization. The estimated shelf life for the ingredients in this recipe are all 2 years or more. This means that the butter could stay fresh for just under two years - depending on proper storage. Adding Vitamin E T50 will help make sure it reaches that full shelf life. One thing to keep in mind with this recipe is that the color is likely to fade long before the ingredients go rancid. The dye in the Jojoba Wax Beads is likely to fade within 1-3 months or so. Vitamin E T50 won't prevent that from happening.
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Let's face it. Our feet can get a little on the icky side now and then. If they are getting a bit too aromatic for your liking, they might benefit from a lotion with some anti-funk benefits. Karanja Oil and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
I haven't heard of the OCM being used for body care. One reason might be that it would be difficult to reproduce the hot washcloth technique over the whole body. That technique is really important to the success of the OCM, and the oils used are fairly heavy and will actually clog the pores if they aren't removed effectively. If you're looking for a soap-free alternative body wash, I'd suggest checking out Aritha Powder (Soap Nuts) or Oatmeal. You can find a recipe for a simple Aritha Body Wash here: https://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/product.asp?product_id=herbaritha You can find a recipe for a simple Oatmeal Body Scrub here: http://www.natural-homeremedies-for-life.com/oatmeal-scrub.html If you are open to using a mild soap, Liquid Castile is great. It can be diluted with water or Hydrosol to make it extra gentle. We have a recipe for a Sensitive Skin Body Sash made with Castile here: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2014/05/cistus-witch-hazel-body-wash-for-super-sensitive-skin.html
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That's right. The Silk Powder can be added to the oil phase of your recipe. I've personally never added Silk Powder to lip products so I'm not sure if the slip would be pleasant on the lips or not. It's certainly worth experimenting with. Another way that I like to add smoothness and adhesion to lip products is by including Liquid Lecithin at 2-5%. Lecithin increases adhesion and gives products an extra creamy texture.
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You can certainly use the Kaolin Clay and Oatmeal as cleansers, either separately, or mixed together.
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2014 on Kaolin Clays at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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To make a slurry, just add an equal amount of oil from your recipe to the silk powder, then mix to form a paste. Add a little more oil, a few drops at a time, until a smooth paste forms. This paste can be mixed into the rest of the recipe more easily than adding the powder directly. As far as how much Silk Powder to use, 5% of your total recipe is a great place to start. You can experiment from there by adding less or more to your taste. The Silk Powder shouldn't cause a gritty texture. It should give the Body Butter a nice soft slip.
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Hi Viem. Usually when I add Essential Oils to a Milk Bath, I mix them in with something really absorbent, like Baking Soda or Dendritic Salt, than add that scented powder to the Milk Powder. This helps keep the Milk Powder from getting moistened by the oils. When incorporated in this way, the shelf life of the Milk Bath shouldn't be affected very much by the inclusion of Essential Oil. When adding Milk Powder to a balm formula (oil and wax) it can shorten the shelf life. Since oil and milk don't mix terribly well, I wouldn't recommend adding Milk Powder to balms in general.
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