You know I had to include this video on the blog! I love Portlandia! “We can pickle that!”
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE OTHER INGREDIENTS WHEN THEY EVAPORATE DURING HEAT AND HOLD?In this Weekend Wonderings comment post, Anitra asks: This one’s related to our heated water phases; When compensating for evaporation, do we need to compensate for any of the goodies (panthenol, glycerine, aloe, etc.) added to the heated water phase as well? Or … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Compensating for evaporation, adding water soluble ingredients to a serum, and citronellyl methylcrotonate.
I found this thing called SnapGuide tonight, so I created a guide to making an emulsified sugar scrub. I’ll be posting more on my channel – which is under my name, Susan Barclay Nichols, not Swiftcraftymonkey – when I have time! I only have the one guide so far, but I would love to hear … Read moreWhat do you think of this visual tutorial?
It has been one of those weeks! (Although I’m starting to think it might be one of those lifetimes…) I tripped on the stairs of my best friend’s house, and my herniated disk has been causing me great pain all week. I guess I’m not a Viking (yet). I’m one of those porcelain Victorian dolls … Read moreSorry for the silence…
What’s up with the Dish? I have no idea. If you know, please post something here! WHICH OILS MIGHT BE GOOD FOR OUR HAIR?In this post on which oils might be good for hair, Nancy writes: I have dry dry hair that is fine and fragile. I am trying to give up the expensive salon products … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Oils good for our hair, what does “neat” mean, and how do we stop whipped butters from melting in the heat?
Richard Wright, spammer, posted a link to this product, Tea Tree Oil Creamy Facial Cleanser & Make-up Remover, so I thought I’d give him a little of the promotion he wanted. Let’s take a look at this product. For a mere $24.95 you get: Organic Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Distilled … Read moreReview: Tea Tree Oil Creamy Facial Cleanser & Make-up Remover
Last week we decided we would get to know our oils a little better by testing them neat on our skin and writing down the results. This week, let’s do it! Before we start, prepare a little chart for yourself that outlines the name of the oil, the colour, the viscosity (very light, light, medium, … Read moreNewbie Tuesday: Testing skin feel of our oils
Have something you want to ask? Visit the Weekend Wondering comment post and ask away! COMPENSATION FOR EVAPORATION AFTER HEATING AND HOLDINGIn an e-mail, Brittany asks: I’ve struggled with the heating of the water phase for a while now. You suggest to heat the water phase for 20 minutes, but to add more than the … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Compensation for evaporation, Polawax as a possible replacement for beeswax, and using Epsom salts in bath bombs
PRESERVING FRESH FRUIT IN SUGAR SCRUBSIn this post about honeysuckle extract, Monique asks: Can you use this to preserve fresh puree fruits in sugar scrubs? No. You can’t use this type of powdered honeysuckle extract as a preservative. There is a type of honeysuckle extract that you might be able to use as a preservative, as … Read moreWeekend wonderings: Preserving fresh fruit in products, measuring pH in a conditioner, and determining if an old oil is bad
I was over at the Soap Queen’s blog, and there was a very lively discussion about starting businesses. I saw a few things in the comments that got me thinking and I thought it might make for an interesting discussion here… Experienced soap and bath and body makers will tell you not to run headlong … Read moreA few thoughts about starting a business…