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Tahitian Natural Hair & Skin Care

By |Aromatherapy|

Coconut "White Gold" of Tahiti Tahitian Natural Hair & Skin Care To be successful with a natural hair or organic skin care line, the niche needs to be very focused and narrow. One niche is to focus on using plants for the skin and hair from traditional cultures. Previously, I shared about Hawaiian natural hair and skincare and the uses of plants for hair and

Fruit Enzymes for Radiant Skin

By |Aromatherapy|

Fruit Enzymes for Skincare The upper layer of our skin, the epidermis is composed of mostly dead skin cells. These dead skin cells contain keratin protein. When we apply enzymes to our skin, the keratin protein will break down and leave our skin smoother. Fruit enzymes are excellent for radiant skin because they are naturally derived and can be more gentle on the skin. Tropical

Hawaiian Natural Hair & Skincare

By |Aromatherapy, Hair Care, Ingredients|

Plumeria, one of my favorite flowers and scents Hawaiian Natural Hair & Skincare On my birth island, Kaua’i. All of the plant photos I took on Kaua’i. I was born on Kaua’i, Hawai’i and partly raised on this majestic island on a sugar plantation and then next to Mt. Waialeale. We wore moo moo’s, went barefoot and played and looked for treasures in the forest

Natural Preservatives in Cosmetic Formulations

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

Natural Cosmetic Formulator Joan Morais Natural Preservatives I have been using natural preservatives effectively in my cosmetic formulations for over 10 years. Here are some common and important questions and points that every cosmetic formulator and product maker should consider with natural preservatives. When I refer to cosmetics, I am referring to body, hair and skin care products. Preservatives in cosmetics are a topic with

Fresh Organic Skin Care

By |Uncategorized|

Organic Fruits Fresh Organic Skin Care One thing I know from trying thousands of ingredients on my skin and in formulations is the power of plants and fresh organic skin care. I want to share my experience with plant-based ingredients that produce an immediate result with a natural vibrancy, softness and glow to the skin. You will be amazed at the softening of your skin and the instant glow. 

The Natural Product Association Standards

By |Cosmetic Formulating, Uncategorized|

About The Natural Product Association, NPA Founded in 1936, NPA represents more than 10,000 companies of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids.  USA Standard, Certification. The NPA Essence The NPA Natural Standard is based on natural ingredients, safety, responsibility and sustainability. Natural Ingredients: A product labeled “natural” should be made up of only, or almost only, natural ingredients. Will be manufactured with

Bamboo: Plant-Based Silicone

By |Hair Care|

Leave-in conditioner with plant-based silicone. Bamboo You can find Plant-based Silicone in Bamboo, Bambusa vulgaris. Bamboo is a primitive grass and in the grass family. It is a highly renewable resource. The foliage and grass can be extracted sustainably, thus making it an excellent green and eco-friendly choice for your skin and hair care formulations.

Formulate Leave-in Hair Conditioner

By |Hair Care|

Purpose of Leave-in Conditioner To formulate a leave-in hair conditioner, you need to know the purpose and how it is used on the hair. The conditioner is applied after you shampoo and condition. Generally, you apply to towel-dried hair before detangling and styling. This will provide extra moisture and an easy comb through. The conditioner should always be light in consistency, almost like a hair

Benefits of Skin Toners

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

Balancing Facial Skin Toner Why use a Skin Toner? Is it really beneficial to use a skin toner after cleansing your skin? The benefits of using a toner can range from balancing to hydrating resulting with more radiant and glowing skin. There are several types of skin toners depending on the formulation. Skin toners add immediate hydration to the skin, freshening, vitamins, toning and cleansing.

Baobab Beard Oil

By |Hair Care|

Beard Oil formulated with Baobab Oil About Baobab Baobab oil comes from trees grown in Africa and Australia. These trees are known as the "Trees of Life" because they have very deep roots that can absorb a high amount of nutrients and water. With the capabilities to store gallons of water, these trees are drought resistant and can live 500+ years. The tree produces a

Skin Tools for Glowing Skin

By |Aromatherapy|

Glowing Skin Rose Quartz Skin Tools These are tools I use for skin care. Rose Quartz Face Roller and Gua Sha. I use these to give myself a facial massage, increase circulation and to add an immediate glow to my skin. You can use these daily and add as a part of your skin care routine. Rose quartz is a crystal that dates back to

Summer Skin Care Tips

By |Aromatherapy, Candles & Perfume|

Seasonal Light Moisturizer Protect, Hydrate and Glow During the Summer Season, it’s important to have proper protection to ward off skin ailments as well as to prevent premature aging of the skin, wrinkles and sunspots. Read our Summer Skin Care Tips below. Protect Cover up: Wear a hat and sunglasses. Wear light layers to minimize your skin exposure to the sun. There are also sunshield

How to Formulate Eye Cream

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

How to Formulate Eye Cream When formulating an eye cream, first, you need to know how to use an eye cream. You only need a small drop of eye cream. Pat the cream into the skin around the eye. It is best to apply the cream with your pinky finger because the skin by the eye is very delicate so you want to be very

3 Top Butters for Natural Hair

By |Hair Care|

What is Hair Butter? The blend of of high percentage of natural plant butters and organic oils. This hair product acts a sealant, protecting the hair while providing deep moisture, nourishment, sheen, and shine. My Top 3 Butters Cocoa ButterCupuacu ButterShea Butter In almost 20 years of formulating, I have used almost every natural butter available. Natural butters are some of the most beautiful skin and hair

Organic and Natural Certifications for Cosmetics

By |Organic|

Various jars and bottles of skin care products with orchid flower Organic Certifications The market for natural, green, eco-friendly and "organic" cosmetics has grown in popularity. There are many programs and organizations that can provide organic or other certifications for your cosmetics. Our previous post, Organic Cosmetic Labeling, went over the advantages and disadvantages of Organic Certification from USDA, NOP. Read more on labeling and

Organic Cosmetic Labeling

By |Organic|

Should you get your Natural Cosmetics Organic Certified? Advantages: Clearly shows your products contain organic ingredients Sets your natural products apart from othersBe recognized and earn customer's trust Can market to those who purchase organic cosmetics Disadvantages It is costly. From applying, meeting requirements and maintaining certification.There are many regulations and rules to follow. You want to make sure your current products and future products

How to Make Piñon Pine Salve

By |DIY Recipes: Body & Hair|

Joan’s Plant-Based Piñon Pine Salve I was inspired to make a plant-based Piñon Pine Salve after my trip to Sedona, Arizona. Read about my spiritual trip and about the special Piñon Pine Tree here. Piñon Pine Salve Piñon Pine salve is used to soothe and speed healing of minor cuts, scrapes and burns. I was unable to find a plant-based salve so I made one.

Piñon Pine Salve

By |Aromatherapy|

I made a plant-based Piñon Pine salve after my recent trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. I was so inspired by the Piñon Pine Tree from my visit. I am fascinated and love traditional medicines by indigenous people. I learned about Native American medicinal herbs and how they have been and are still being used for healing. Indigenous people and traditional medicine both have so much

How to Choose the Best Natural Emulsifier

By |Cosmetic Formulating|

What is an Emulsifier? An emulsifier is a type of surfactant. It is a compound that stabilizes emulsions and keeps water ingredients and oil ingredients mixed together. It creates the perfect blend. Lotions, creams and hair conditioners contain an emulsifier or an emulsification system, to create a stable emulsion; to hold the water and oil together in a homogenous mixture, a mixture that stays together. Learn

Natural Hair Serum

By |Cosmetic Formulating, Hair Care|

What is Hair Serum? Hair serum is concentrated and nutrient rich formulation. It coats the hair to protect from heat styling and environmental issues. Benefits of Hair Serum Seals the cuticleNourishesCreates silkiness and slipAdds shineProtects from humidity, the environment and heat stylingSmoothes hairControls frizz Which Serum is Best for your Hair? It is important to pick the right serum for your hair type. Do you

How To Make Candles with Essential Oils

By |Candles & Perfume|

How To Make Candles with Essential Oils Learning how to make candles with essential oils is an art and a science. Creating a scent one needs creativity for scent combinations and an understanding, testing and study of how the essential oil scent changes when the candle is burning. Here are some tips to make candles with essential oils. I have experimented a lot with plant

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