Natural shampoo can come in a liquid soap form as well as a bar form. And Bruce, at Homebrew Soaps, makes an interesting one. I would be inclined to call it liquid soap, rather than shampoo, because it has a distinctly different texture than any other shampoo that I have used.
One of the great advantages of handmade cosmetics is having the ability to speak with the maker about the product. Knowing what is in your cosmetics and what isn’t is as simple as asking the question. And many disclose product ingredients in their entirety, and pride themselves on product safety.
Legislation protects cosmetics wearers in the United States to some degree. But mercury has been found in mascara in as late as 2007 when Minnesota passed a law banning mercury in cosmetics.
Most makeup manufacturers have phased out the use of mercury, but it’s still added legally to some eye products as a preservative and germ-killer, said John Bailey, chief scientist with the Personal Care Products Council in Washington. That group doesn’t track mercury in beauty products and favors a national approach to regulating cosmetics, instead of laws that vary from state to state.
I know you’ve all been wondering, so I won’t keep you in the dark any longer. Below are some of my favorite scents and all are available in soap form.
But first a question: why can’t I find an intensely scented black licorice bath oil? Am I so weird that I’m the only one in the world who would want such a thing? Am I going to have to learn to make it myself. (Related query: can I cause an explosion this way?) Platinum star to anyone who can point me in a good direction :)
By Adoration Soap:
1. Pink Grapefruit Rounds
4. Marmalade and Musk
5. Green Tea and Cucumber
6. Earl Grey Citrus Tea
11. Sparkling Citrus
12. Red Current and Orange
14. Cherry Almond
2. Chocolate Espresso and Almond Soap Bar by BellaSapone.
8. Black Licorice by Squeaky Queen Soap Lab.
9. Pillow Mint by My Birch.
10. Plum Blossom by Mooka.
15. Anise by Lave-Me! Soap Company.
One drawback to ordering handmade goods is that they are not always in stock. As a consumer, I appreciate that this means everything I do order has been freshly produced. However, I choose not to live without black mascara.
I have become a fan of the mineral mascara that Myra makes at Funkey Monkey company. But the last time she listed it, it sold out before I got around to placing an order. And the mascara that I had was about to run out.
I was happy to discover that Lucy at Mum Mum’s Crafts, whose lip balms I tried and liked several weeks ago is also making mascara now. So I tried it. Like the other mascaras that I have recommended it is non-toxic and expires in three months.
The black natural lash building mascara is smooth and creamy. It slides evenly onto the eyelashes. I let it dry, then combed out a clump. I was very pleased that the clump went right onto the brush in one piece, and did not splinter and make a powdery mess on my face, or get into my eyes.
I reapplied the mascara later, for a touch up. And I am pleased about that too. It went on easily, and the brush did not stick or make lumps.
I have not had any problem with the mascara running or flaking. And I even took a shower with it on one day. I tried not to get my face wet. But that usually does not prevent mascara from turning into a splotchy mess. I do not expect that from mineral mascara. I expected to have a wet mess on my face from the steam, to clean it up easily, and then need to reapply.
My past experience has been that any mascara mild enough to provoke no irritation on my skin does not stay on in the shower, or even on humid summer days. So I’ve definitely found my new summer mascara (months away I know.)
One other positive note. I received this mascara five days after I ordered it. I mean exactly five days, not five business days. And yes, I am so ridiculously detailed that I keep track of the shipping time for every handmade order that I place and only recommend those which ship within two weeks.
Happy holidays everyone.
Concealer is not one of those glittery makeup products that draw me in, like colored lip balms. Instead it is necessarily near to flesh color, but not really, and is best when invisible on the skin. It’s that item that you really need when you need it. And the rest of the time don’t give it very much thought.
I haven’t had much luck with concealers in the past. I have found the creams and sticks to be heavy and appear bright against the skin, the liquids to be ineffective, and the powders to cake. And the last thing I want when I haven’t slept is to call attention to the circles under my eyes. It’s hardly a lifter of the spirit.