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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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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 4 days ago 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
Hi Amber. This recipe is pretty stable because it doesn't contain any water-based ingredients. You can expect it to last at least 6 - 12 months depending on storage and handling conditions.
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This whipped butter recipe doesn't contain any water-based ingredients so it is fairly stable as-is. The main ingredients have estimated shelf lives of 1-3 years, so it would be reasonable to expect the finished butter to last at least 6 - 12 months. You could add an antioxidant such as Vitamin E T50 or Rosemary Oil Extract to help reinforce the stability of the oils, but that's totally optional. Of course the only way to be absolutely certain of the shelf life would be to have the recipe lab-tested. That's a great extra step to take if you plan on producing large quantities of a formulation like this one.
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Hi Wendy, This recipe works best on dry hair, but it could certainly be used on damp hair as well.
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Hello readers! Mary Helen, your resident blogger here. I'd like to take a moment to thank all of our amazing customers and readers for their continued support. We're about to enter into the eighth year of publishing The Natural Beauty... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Hi Julie, Thanks so much for visiting The Natural Beauty Workshop and for taking the time to leave your comment. I am so glad to hear that this recipe was helpful for your family.
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I'm so glad you like the recipe. You would definitely want to let people know that this contains nut oil. The oils could potentially cause a reaction for anyone with a nut allergy.
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Chickpea Flour is called "Besan" in India where the simple powder is used as a main ingredient in skin care treatments for the face and body. Recipes for besan facials or "face packs" come in countless varieties, being easily customized... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
The wax in this particular recipe is an essential ingredient as it acts as an emulsifier. Emulsifiers mix oils and waters together to form creams and lotions. If youd like to avoid using wax Id suggest creating a body oil instead. Body oils are easy to make and highly moisturizing. Just combine whichever carrier oils you like in a bottle and shake well. Essential Oils can be added at a rate of 1 - 3% if desired. Thanks again for your comment. If I can help with anything else please let me know.
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Hi Alicia. I'm so glad you are enjoying the site! For a facial oil it's best to stick to oil-based ingredients only, so I'd leave out the Witch Hazel. If you'd like to make a facial cream instead, you can certainly use those ingredients as a base, along with an emulsifier like emulsifying wax or a beeswax, lecithin, borax combo. Xanthan Gum can be used to thicken creams, but it won't bind the water and oil on its own. We have some instructions for creating handmade creams here: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2011/05/emulsion-the-magic-trick-of-creams-and-lotions.html And we have some recommendations for ingredients to use with acne prone skin here: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2009/07/taming-troubled-skin-naturally.html
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We have an article on our blog that I think might come in handy for you. It lists some of the best ingredients we carry to help with acne prone skin. Taming Troubled Skin, Naturally: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2009/07/taming-troubled-skin-naturally.html In general, my favorites for acne-prone skin are oils that carry both antiseptic or antibacterial qualities and anti-inflammatory qualities. Perilla Seed Oil, Black Cumin Seed Oil, and Andiroba Oil are a few great examples.
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There are definitely some different techniques out there for tempering Shea Butter. Although we've found ours to work pretty consistently it never hurts to experiment. Cooling the butter quickly can help quite a bit in avoiding the butter recrystallizing, but sometimes it just seems to happen no matter what you do. Working with Shea can be a pain sometimes, but otherwise it is such a lovely ingredient!
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The holidays are a great time to make DIY gifts for friends and family. Whether you are making a special present for a certain someone or mass producing small tokens for teachers, co-workers, and stockings, homemade bath and body products... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
Thanks, Vanessa. I hope they will too! Have fun making your gifts.
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Hi George. Thanks! I'm glad you are enjoying the recipes. Shea Butter would not be a good substitute for the wax in this recipe. Wax is an essential part of this formula because it helps for an emulsion - the "magic trick" that mixes oils and fats together to form lotion. If you'd like to add Shea Butter to this recipe try swapping out the Murumuru Butter instead. Our blogger, Mary Helen, has a book coming out on natural beauty this Spring. You can learn more about that project and sign up to receive updates on its release here: http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2014/09/book.html
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Every year as the holiday season arrives it seems that our entire world is saturated with spicy, woody, and citrusy scents. Cookies are baked, potpourris are simmered, and candies are devoured with reckless abandon. It's only natural that we should... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at The Natural Beauty Workshop
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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 Nov 19, 2014 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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