I’m a big fan of being local – shopping at local stores, using local ingredients, supporting local crafters – and I was so excited to see raspberry oil on sale at some of our suppliers! I live in the Fraser Valley, and we’re known for our berries – raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and others – and … Read moreRaspberry oil!
As is normal in my world, I’ve taken on more than I can handle and am having trouble getting posts written for the blog. I’m working in the facial products e-book, and this is taking up all my writing time. Plus, I need a good day or two in the workshop to try out some … Read moreI’m still around, just really busy!
I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at ingredient lists again for a moment to get an idea of where the miscellaneous category begins. When we’re analyzing an ingredient list, it helps to know where the 1% section of the list comes in so we can figure out where they have used small … Read moreReading ingredient lists: The 1% or miscellaneous category
I’ve seen quite a few comments and e-mails recently from people asking about making products with greener ingredients, like this one from Lucy: I STILL (!) haven’t been able to make a shampoo with greenish ingredients that doesn’t irritate my scalp. Tried the taurates/ isethionate but when I tried decyl & coco betaine…not cleansing enough…help..what can … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: It’s not easy being green…
In this post, Newbie links, Shawna asks: Is there a post on how/why you started making your own beauty products? If not I was just curious as to what started your journey. Just because… or did you want control over the ingredients in your skin care? I’ve noticed that you include some ingredients that are included in … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: How do I research ingredients and make decisions about what ingredients to use?
The question was posed to me in the What interests you? post – what is your background? So I thought I’d take a moment to answer that as best I can… I graduated from university with a degree in English and Canadian studies with the intention of teaching. It was the middle of the recession … Read moreWhat interests you? My background
I’m still researching and thinking and experimenting in the workshop, so look for new posts starting this weekend! Between my third cold of the year, my lovely medication related stomach ulcer, teaching classes at Voyageur Soap & Candle, and youth program stuff, I haven’t had time to sit at the computer and compose. Thanks for … Read moreA few thoughts for the day…
Why am I so obsessed with science? Why do I believe so much in posting references and studies for the things I write? Because without those things, we end up with posts like this one I found at Salis Skincare entitled Why I don’t ever use coconut oil on my face. Allow me to quote, … Read moreWhy I’m all about evidence based information: This post on coconut oil from Salis Skincare
In the What interests you? post, Lucy asks: Is it possible to make an anhydrous body butter type product but that does not block pores? Would sucragel work? Here’s the question – what does it mean to block pores? I think a general idea is that something is in the pore of your skin keeping it … Read moreWhat interests you? Can we make an anhydrous body butter that doesn’t block pores?
In the Still collecting your thoughts! post, Carl asks: How can the producers of cosmetics (ex. lotions) add all the different plant extracts to their formulas and still keep the product white without using titanium dioxide? Not all plant extracts are heavily coloured! Take a look at this container of green tea extract (oil soluble) from … Read moreWhat interests you? How do lotions stay white when using all those