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Lipsticks and Formula Botanica

Just a quick little post about the fun afternoon I had with Karen, my Formula Botanica study buddy. We played around making lipsticks 💄💋 and I wanted to show you some pictures. ​ […]

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Testing emulsifiers

Making emulsions can be daunting, especially with the many different emulsifying systems available on the market. Which one should you use? How do they differ? To make things easier, I’ve tested five of the most common oil-in-water (O/W) emulsifiers available here in New Zealand. […]

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I have an idea….

Thought I’d share a ‘I have an idea’ video. This came to me last night, middle of the night, and I thought I’d give it a try this morning. This is one idea, no planning, no testing, not even prepared. Just grab pot and start making. This is NOT recommended if you want your result to be something that you can use/sell/give away. But this is how most of my soap tutorials and DIY boxes start out. With an idea. […]

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Watermelons and sun burn

Summer time is watermelon time! Fresh, cooling, hydrating and low in fat and calories – it’s the perfect thirst quenching summer food! Watermelon contains about 92% water and is high in many valuable vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, particularly lycopene. In fact, watermelon contains more lycopene than tomatoes, and this is what I want to talk about. […]

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FREE Love Heart knitting pattern for Valentine’s Day

Sweet little love hearts that are fun to knit with a small amount of yarn. Perfect to use up your leftover stash! The hearts are knitted in one piece, starting at the bottom and finishing at the top, with only very little sewing to be done. They look gorgeous knitted up or they can be felted into cuddly little love hearts. These are a wonderful quick little knit and sure to put a smile on your Valentine! […]

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Make your own biltong

Make your own biltong! Ok, so this is not exactly soap, but why not give it a try anyway. Biltong is a South African dried meat speciality, and it’s delicious! And it’s so easy to make […]

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Free online course – I need your help!

Ok, so I’m brave enough to start online courses, and I want to offer a free mini course first so I can iron out any wrinkles and fix it before people start paying me. But…. here’s where you come in: What would you like me to offer? Comment with your ideas and suggestions! What do you want to learn? […]