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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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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 3 days ago 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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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