It’s been a busy month with teaching classes and youth programs during Spring Break, so it’s been hard to get to writing some posts. I’m hoping to catch up this Easter long weekend on the messages and comments you’ve been sending me! I also hope to get some of the great National Craft Month submissions … Read moreWhat do you want to know?
When March ends, so does National Craft month, and I’m holding a little contest to celebrate! (Check out the full details in this post!) Send me a picture of your craft with a bit of information – for instance, is this your first time with this product, this recipe, this craft? – and I’ll enter … Read moreQuick post: National Craft Month is almost over!
In this post, Much maligned ingredients: Propylene glycol, Katt asks: Recently I was in a soap group on Facebook and a woman asked me if i used propylene glycol. At the time I had no clue what it was ’til I looked it up on your site. Besides the fact I don’t use petroleum derived … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Where to get reputable information?
I had great fun at Voyageur Soap & Candle to teaching a hair care class yesterday! If you’re interested in taking a class with me or in learning anything to do with bath & body products, including cold process soap, check out their spring class schedule to see when you can attend! This is what we … Read moreA few notes for the day…
In this post, How to make a longer lasting lotion?, Susanna Originals asks: Can you use glycerine in an anhydrous recipe? For instance, if you were making a body bar could you replace 2 or 3% of the oil with glycerine? The short answer is no. The long answer? As I note in this post, … Read moreWeekday Wonderings: Can you add glycerin to an anhydrous bar?
In this post, More information on calculations, Chris B from the Dish asks: I was just wondering what oils/butters you recommend adding to a lotion to make the lotion last longer on the skin? I have tried many of your formulas (love a few of them) but after about two hours, the moisturizing effect is gone … Read moreWeekday Wonderings: How to make a longer lasting lotion?
In this post, Lotions: A basic recipe, Helga asks: 1) does lotion need vitamin E? 2) is the percentage of preservative and fragrance based on the absolute total produced with those included or of the foundation of the recipe without those? I include Vitamin E for two reasons. The first is because it’s lovely for your … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Do we need to use Vitamin E? Is the preservative and fragrance part of the 100%?
It’s been a very long week with loads of activity and not much time to think about anything, let alone write. Sorry for the lack of posts! Happy Pi Day! Today is 3.14/15, so I encourage you to celebrate by measuring some circles and eating a tart or two. Quiche counts! Like this shirt? Find … Read moreIt’s been a long week!
In this post, Surfactants: A conditioning shampoo with SCI for normal to oily hair, Fatima asks: Can you tell me why another surfactant is needed? Wouldn’t this work perfectly fine with just the two? Great question! We use different surfactants blended together because each brings something different to the mix. Take a look at decyl … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Why use three surfactant blends in products?
In this post, Question: Determining how much to use when working with powders, there’s a discussion going on about calculations. Let’s take a look at a few calculations today! BASIC FIRST LOTION RECIPE68.5% water16% oil (sunflower, soy bean, rice bran, or olive oil)5% shea or mango butter3% cetyl alcohol6% emulsifier (BTMS or Polawax)1% fragrance or … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: More information on calculations