How to Customize a Conditioner Base (Video Tutorial)

Customizing your own conditioner only takes a few minutes! In this DIY video, I show the basic steps of customizing a conditioner base and using it. I also include a before and after, to give you a feeling of how well it works!

Use the code CORNER25 for 25% discount on the ingredients linked under the video, as well as all other products from Moksha Lifestyle Products.

If you want to pair your conditioner with your own customized shampoo base, you can find the instructions here: How to customize a Shampoo Base (Video Tutorial).

Instructions:

  • Measure the desired amount of Conditioner Base (measured in ml.)
  • Mix in up to 2% of Essential Oils of choice (measured in ml.)
  • Stir the mixture until the ingredients are completely dispersed
  • Keep in a bottle or glass jar, like you would any conditioner

Note: ensure that your conditioner base contains a preservative. Otherwise, you will need to add that additionally. Stephenson Shampoo Base already contains a preservative, hence I don’t need to add one.

Shop the Ingredients:

Conditioner Base:

  • Stephenson Conditioner Base (Buy here)

Essential Oil:

  • Grapefruit Essential Oil (Buy it here)

Feel free to leave a comment if you have a question, or just want to give your input to this post!

//Louise

How to customize a Shampoo Base (Video Tutorial)

Customizing a Shampoo Base is just about the easiest DIY projects you’ll ever try! What I really love about it, is that you get to play around with different varieties, until you find your absolute favorite mix of Essential Oils. In this video tutorial, I go through the basics of mixing a Shampoo Cosmetic Base with Essential Oils for three different varieties – Detoxing Peppermint & Tea Tree Shampoo, Relaxing Rosemary & Ylang Ylang Shampoo and Luxurious Rose Shampoo.

Use the code CORNER25 for 25% discount on the ingredients linked under the video, as well as all other products from Moksha Lifestyle Products.

Instructions:

  • Measure the desired amount of Shampoo Base (measured in ml.)
  • Mix in up to 1-2% of Essential Oils of choice (measured in ml.)
  • Stir the mixture until the ingredients are completely dispersed
  • Keep in a bottle or glass jar, like you would any shampoo

Note: ensure that your shampoo base contains a preservative. Otherwise, you will need to add that additionally. Stephenson Shampoo Base already contains a preservative, hence I don’t need to add one.

Shop the Ingredients:

Shampoo Base

  • Stephenson Shampoo Base (Buy here) – made primarily from natural ingredients, certified organic, made using mild surfactants and is pre-thickened.

Detoxing Peppermint & Tea Tree Shampoo

Good for: Treating Dandruff, Fungus, and other Scalp Ailments as well as Preventing and Repelling Lice.

  • Peppermint Essential Oil (Buy here)
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil (Buy here)

Relaxing Rosemary & Ylang Ylang Shampoo

Good for: Conditioning, Promoting Hair Growth and Inducing a Relaxing Feeling because of the Aroma Therapeutic Properties of Rose Mary and Ylang Ylang.

  • Rosemary Essential Oil (Buy here)
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Buy here)

Luxurious Rose Shampoo

  • Rose Essential Oil (Buy here)

Good for: Shine and Hair Loss Prevention by Strengthening the Hair Follicles. Rose also has a Luxurious and Relaxing scent, that lingers in the hair after a wash.

Feel free to leave a comment below. Would love to hear from you if you try this out, or have a question. Until then, happy DIY!

//Louise

Melt & Pour Soap – Layering Matcha & Coffee Grounds

Layered Melt & Pour is super easy to make and it looks beautiful. In this DIY video, I take you through the basic technique of layering using Matcha Powder and Coffee Grounds. You can find the full recipe and instructions below the video.

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Recipe:

  • 200 grams of Stephenson ‘Crystal Goats Milk Soap Base’ (Buy it here)
  • Jasmine Essential Oil (Buy it here)
  • 1 tsp. of Avocado Oil (Buy it here)
  • 1 tsp. of Matcha Powder
  • 1 tsp. of Coffee Ground (Can be used ones as well)

Equipment:

  • Cavity Mould
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Double boiler or Microwave
  • 3 bowls
  • 3-5 small spoons to mix the Soap Base and other ingredients
  • A spatula – to scrape out the last of the soap

Instructions:

  1. Measure out 200 grams of Soap Base
  2. Divide the soap base into two separate bowls – depending on how big you want each layer to be

Layer 1:

  1. Add 1 tsp. of Matcha to 1 tsp. Avocado Oil and mix it until it’s a smooth paste
  2. Melt the 1st part of the Soap Base
  3. Mix the melted Soap Base with the Matcha Paste and mix it
  4. Add 10-20 drops of Jasmine Essential Oil
  5. Pour the Matcha Soap into two spaces in a cavity mold
  6. Spray the surface with Rubbing Alcohol

Layer 2:

  1. Melt the rest of the Soap Base
  2. Mix in 1 tsp. of Coffee Grounds to the melted Soap
  3. Add 10-20 drops of Jasmine Essential Oil
  4. Spray the Matcha soap with rubbing alcohol
  5. Pour it on top of the Matcha Soap in the cavity mold
  6. Spray with rubbing alcohol

Set it aside until it’s completely hardened. Unmould and enjoy!

Feel free to leave a comment below. Would love to hear from you if you try this out, or have a question. Until then, happy soaping!

//Louise

 

3 easy DIY projects for fewer toxins in 2019!

Making your own natural beauty products is a lot easier than one might think! I have gathered a small video with the basic instructions for 3 easy DIY projects, that take less than 30 min to make. Here’s to fewer toxins in 2019!

Use the code CORNER25 for 25% discount on the ingredients linked under the video.

Disclaimer: use Brambleberry’s fragrance calculator to determine the dosage of your chosen Essential Oil in each product. Follow the link: https://goo.gl/jqHdVS.

Products used in the video:

Lip Balm: 

  • Beeswax (Available online)
  • Mango Butter (Buy it here)
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Buy it here)

Get the full instructions on how to make it in the post 3 easy DIY projects (for natural beauty products).

Note: not all essential oils are suitable for products used on the face since they can be photo-toxic.

Clay Face Mask:

  • French Pink Clay (Buy it here)
  • Lavender Essential Oil (Buy it here)

Handmade Soap:

  • Stephenson Crystal WST Opaque White Soap Base (buy it here – Available in India only – this can be substituted for any other Melt & Pour Soap Base)
  • Grapefruit Essential Oil (Buy it here)

Watch the video Melt & Pour – The Basics for the full instructions.

Feel free to leave a comment. I’d be happy to hear if you try this out, or what other DIY projects you have planned. Until then, happy New Year!

//Louise

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Melt & Pour Soap – Christmas Gifts for Him & Her (Video Tutorial)

Want to try out making your own handmade soaps for this years Christmas gifting? Click here to watch the full video. Use the code CORNER25 and get 25% discount at Moksha Lifestyle Products, to shop the ingredients. Moksha is a leading wholesale supplier of 100% Pure, Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and other materials around the world. You can find the recipe below the video. Happy Soaping!

Recipe:

  • 200 grams of Stephenson Crystal WST Opaque White Soap Base (buy it here – Available in India only – this can be substituted for another Melt & Pour Base)
  • 2 teaspoons of French Pink Clay (Buy it here)
  • 2 teaspoons of French Green Clay (Buy it here)
  • 2 teaspoons of Castor Oil (Buy it here)
  • 20 drops Lavender Essential Oil (Buy it here)
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (Buy it here)
  • 10 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil (Buy it here)

How to go about it:

  1. Add the French Pink Clay to one bowl, and the French Green Clay to another
  2. Add 1-2 teaspoons of Castor Oil to each bowl
  3. Mix thoroughly – this will make it easier to mix it with the soap base later
  4. Add 20 drops of French Lavender Essential oil to the French Pink Clay
  5. Add 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil and Grapefruit Essential Oil to the French Green Clay
  6. Melt your Soap Base in a microwave or double boiler
  7. Add the melted soap base evenly to your two bowls
  8. Mix well with two separate teaspoons
  9. Pour each bowl into a cavity soap mold, that fits 100 grams in each cavity
  10. Spray with rubbing alcohol to burst any surface bubbles
  11. Set aside until completely hardened
  12. Un-mould and enjoy your beautiful soaps!

Feel free to leave a comment below if you try this out or have any questions!

//Louise

 

 

The Ayurvedic Collection (Alternative Soap Ingredients)

The Ayurvedic soap collection is a beautiful creation by my friend and founder of Bare Elements Skincare, Anuradha Pant. I wanted to share this collection and it’s ingredients, for some soap inspiration, that celebrates important ingredients in the ancient Indian system of Ayurveda.

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MRIDUL – meaning gentle

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Key ingredient: Basil and Bael

Ingredients: lye, water, goat milk, basil, bael, charcoal powder, coconut oil, palm (RSPO), rice bran, olive oil pomace, shea butter, kokum butter, chlorophyll oleoresin, silk fibers tussah, kaolin clay, Himalayan rock salt, brown unrefined sugar, cedarwood, lime essential oil

SHANTI – meaning peace

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Key ingredient: 100 x washed cow ghee and Wild Turmeric

Ingredients: lye, water, goat milk, 100 x washed cow ghee ( clarified butter), coconut oil, palm (RSPO), rice bran, safflower, olive oil pomace, kokum butter, castor oil, silk fibres tussah, kaolin clay, Himalayan rock salt, brown unrefined sugar, annatto infusion, wild turmeric ( Kasturi Manjal ), cedarwood, ashwagandha, ylang-ylang, pine

CHANDAN – meaning sandalwood

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Key ingredient: Red Sandalwood

Ingredients: lye, water, goat milk, 100 x washed cow ghee (clarified butter), coconut oil, palm (RSPO), rice bran, olive oil pomace, cocoa butter, castor oil, kaolin clay, red sandalwood powder, Himalayan rock salt, brown unrefined sugar, tussah silk fibres, french lavender, peppermint essential oil

KESH – meaning hair

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The key ingredient(s): Brahmi, Amla, Arapu, and Curry leaves

Ingredients: lye, water, coconut oil, safflower, olive oil pomace, shea butter, castor oil, silk fibres tussah, kaolin clay, Himalayan rock salt, brown unrefined sugar, Brahmi powder, amla powder, arupu ( cake oil tree), curry leaves powder, basil, lime, lemon, cedarwood, rosemary essential oils

Hope this will give you some inspiration to explore Indian ingredients for your next soap making session. Feel free to leave a comment below with any thoughts or questions!

//Louise

Homemade all-natural hand sanitizer (Dettol alternative)

Antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers have boomed over the last decade, and ironically enough this has introduced a number of new health concerns.  That being said, keeping good hand hygiene (washing your hands with good old soap and water) is essential to stay healthy. Because I don’t always have access to soap and water when I travel here in India, I have learned to make my own hand sanitizer from all-natural ingredients, that I would like to share with you. But first a little background.

The antibacterial scam

While we are being bombarded with commercials, stating that antibacterial products are more effective than regular soap and water, the reality is more complex. Many antibacterial agents added in commercial products are strong chemicals that do more damage to our health than it prevents. Additionally, tests have shown no evidence they do a better job at cleaning your hands. If you want to read more on this topic, you can start by reading The dangers of antibacterial soap (Dettol).

It’s also important to understand that not all bacteria is bad – actually, we need them to stay healthy! We even need to be exposed to ‘bad’ bacteria to help build up our immune system, which usually happens as we grow up. Though the same process continues every time we get exposed to a new environment. My point is this: don’t take commercial companies on their word. Understand the science, and make an informed decision. I’ve concluded that the best option is natural soap, water, and homemade hand sanitizer.

The Ingredients

Rubbing alcohol – a strong antibacterial agent, often used for disinfecting and sterilizing. It can be left out of the recipe, for a milder hand sanitizer.

Aloe Vera gel – a nourishing gel, that is mild on the skin. It can help treat small rashes and skin irritations.

Essential oil – a selection of EO’s with antibacterial properties – choose between tea tree, cinnamon, Oregano, Thyme, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass and Bergamot, Clove.

(Optional) Glycerin – a moisturizing liquid, known for its ability to ‘attract’ moisture from the air. Rubbing alcohol can be drying, and this is to counter that.

The Recipe

Note: the recipe is not adjusted to children. Do research child safe essential oils, to adjust accordingly.

  • 1 tbs Rubbing Alcohol
  • 5 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
  • 20 drops Essential Oils of choice
  • 1/2 tsp Glycerin

Simply mix the ingredients in a bowl and stir for a few minutes. Keep it in an airtight container. I have re-used an old squeeze bottle, which fits conveniently in my hand bag.

This was all for now. Let me know if you have any questions or comments below. I’d be happy to hear your favorite recipe for homemade hand sanitizer if you have any!

//Louise

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Video tutorial: whipped body butter

This is my second video of all times! To create your own recipe, start by reading the blog post: Whipped Body Butter (with 2 to 4 ingredients).

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Disclaimer: I personally don’t use preservatives in my Body Butter, since it’s only for personal use, but I would recommend researching lotions and preservatives, so you can make your own informed decision.

//Louise

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How to make two types of soap in one batch

The only downside of making soap at home, is that sometimes there’s just too many new (and expensive) things I want to try out – which is actually why I developed the trick I’m about to explain. In this post I will explain how you can make two or more types of soap in one go, in a way that’s simple enough for anyone with basic soap making skills to do so. If you want to see it live, you can check out my last post: Video tutorial: cold process soap making, where I make two types of soaps in one go. I will use the same soap as an example in this post.

Creating your base recipe – but mixing up the rest

I’m sure a lot of soapers can relate to having a ‘go to’ soap recipe, when it comes to the base oils (carrier oils). There might be smaller variations, but all of us have our favorites. I think this is for good reason, because when something works – why change it? But we still need the excitement of changing it up whenever we make soap, which is where the esthetic and experience of the soap comes into the picture – the shape, smell, look and feel can make two soaps seems completely different even if the base is the same. So to make two types of soap, you simply create a base recipe – but plan out different scents, additives and shapes for the two (or more soaps) you want to make. Here is an example of a two soaps in one:

Base recipe – 1000 grams:
  • 250 grams coconut oil
  • 200 grams olive oil
  • 150 grams mango butter
  • 200 grams canola oil
  • 100 grams castor oil
  • 100 grams sesame oil
  • Lye – 141.77 grams
  • Coconut milk – 425.30 grams
The two batches (separated after trace):

Batch 1 – around 800 grams:

This batch will be poured in a loaf mold in a simple swirl with the following ingredients:

  • 50 ml cedar wood oil
  • 25 ml lemon grass oil
  • Aronia berry powder

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Batch 2 – around 200 grams:

This batch will be poured in small muffin molds, unscented with the following one ingredient for color:

  • Paprika powder

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How to go about it

I’ve divided this part in three steps: Planning, Preparation & Timing. Here we go.

Planning

Once you’ve chosen your base recipe, plan out how the two soaps will be different, in a way you are sure you’ll be able to manage. For example if it’s the first time you try this out, start by only changing one element – such as shape or scent. If you’re more experienced you can plan out changing more elements, and even plan to make two different swirls in your two batches. Though whatever you plan, it’s important that it is completely clear before you make your soap. I usually spend some time visualizing my soap, and then write it down on a piece of paper with all the different components and details of each of the batches.

Preparation

Since you will be working with more components than normal, it’s important to prepare as much as you can before you start. Examples of ways to prepare are:

  • Set out as many bowls as you will be dividing the batter into (for two simple batches, prepare two bowls, for two batches with swirls prepare four bowls etc.)
  • Add the additives in the bowls at the preparation stage. If it’s powders, you can mix a little oil in it to make sure they don’t clump when the batter is added. You can either add the essential oil directly in the bowl at preparation, or put it next to to the bowl in a smaller container, so its ready to be added.
  • If you want to pour the soup in different molds, place them so you’ve got plenty of space to work. The batter might be hardening fast, and you wont have time to move things around when you are in the middle of the process.

Timing:

Anyone that has made soap before, knows it’s all about timing, and even more so when you are trying to make two different soaps in one go. The only thing I really do, is to separate the soap batter into the different bowls, a little before it really thickens (trace) and then use a hand whisk for the last thickening. In this way you gain some time to mix in the different additives before they become too thick. A useful pointer is the following: if one mold is a cavity mold, pour that one first. It’s really hard to scoop into a cavity mold (without spending too much time smoothing it out). On the other hand, if you plan a swirl in one of the soaps, pour that first – once it’s too solid, you wont be able to make certain swirls.

Now, that was all for now. Remember, practice makes perfect. I’ve only done this a few times, but I get better every time. And it really keep things interesting when you got the regular process down.

//Louise

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Video tutorial: cold process soap

This is my first attempt of making a video tutorial, so bear with me if some parts of it are explained too fast or I babble a little. Also, at the time of making the video I had been spending some time in Denmark, so my usual Indian accent is mixed with a Danish accent.

Feel free to ask questions in the comment section if something is not clear from the tutorial. I will leave the recipe below for reference.

Base recipe – 1000 grams:

  • 250 grams coconut oil
  • 200 grams olive oil
  • 150 grams mango butter
  • 200 grams canola oil
  • 100 grams castor oil
  • 100 grams sesame oil

Lye & Coconut milk:

  • Lye – 141.77 grams
  • Coconut milk – 425.30 grams

Additives: 

Batch 1 – 800 grams – scented:

  • 50 ml cedarwood oil
  • 25 ml lemongrass oil
  • Aronia powder

Batch 2 – 200 grams – unscented:

  • Paprika powder

//Louise

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