• Face,  Tips and tricks

    The secrets of clay

    What is clay? Since the dawn of time, clay has played a key role in the development of various civilizations. It has been used in countless important ways such as to make mortar, tiles, ceramics, and porcelain. Industrially, it is used to filter, deodorize, and mold. Clay is also used in spas around the world as an essential ingredient in natural body care products. There are approximately 1,500 types of clay, but in this article we will focus on the seven clays most commonly used for cosmetics and skin care. After reading this article, you’ll be able to choose the clay best suited to your needs and skin type and…

  • How to chose clay for my skin
    Tips and tricks,  Tutorials and recipes

    How to choose clay?

    Which clay is best for my skin? Let’s take a look at the special characteristics of the seven clays most commonly used: kaolin clay (white), green, red, yellow, pink, ghassoul, and bentonite. White clay (kaolin) INCI: Kaolin Source: United Kingdom White clay is the softest and least drying to the skin. It is best for people with dry and sensitive skin and can even be used instead of talcum powder to prevent diaper rash. It covers well and is used in natural cosmetics. It is also often used in body care products such as toothpaste, deodorant, and shaving cream. In hair masks, it can be used to revitalize dry and…

  • Tips and tricks

    The nanoparticle debate

    Generally speaking, nanoparticles are extremely tiny particles = less than 100 nanometers in size. The prefix “nano” means “one billionth,” so a nanometer (nm) is one billionth of a meter. To give you an idea of what this means, a sheet of paper has a thickness of about 100,000 (a hundred thousand!) nanometers; a human hair has a thickness of 50,000 to 100,000 nm; and our red blood cells measure between 6,000 and 10.000 nm. In our body, to find an example on a nanometric scale, we would have to look at viruses, which range from between 20 and 30 nm; a DNA molecule has a width of about 2.5…

  • Candles,  Tips and tricks

    Making candles: everything you need to know about ingredients

    It’s true there are candles for every reason and every season (just think of citronella in summer and cinnamon in winter), but fall brings us special opportunities to appreciate their warmth and fragrance, not to mention the cozy atmosphere they help create. And of course they make fast and easy gifts that can be personalized to your heart’s content: something to think about next time you’re scratching your head, wondering what to give that hard-to-buy-for person. Here’s a guide for both beginners and more experienced candle makers: everything you need to know when choosing ingredients to make candles that will evoke “oohs” and “ahs” of surprise and delight! A few…

  • Candles,  Tips and tricks

    Making candles: molding and decorating your creations

    You have in mind a custom-designed candle with a carefully chosen scent and colour. Now it’s time to decide on a distinctive shape and appearance. Here are a few ideas we’ve picked up here and there. Molding candles The first (and easiest) way to shape your candles is to use molds (square, round, votive, floating). The most basic molds are round or square, but more interesting shapes are also available. The best wax to use for pillar candles is EcoSoya wax. Once hardened, unmold the candle, and enjoy! Container candles Container candles are candles made in non-flammable containers. Finding just the right container might seem challenging, but with a little…