I’m so happy when I hear people want to use preservatives, but a few questions have been posed to me lately that I thought required a blog post. Preservatives are ingredients we add to our products that contain water soluble ingredients or will be exposed to water. They prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, yeast, … Read morePoint of Interest: Preservatives!
Two weeks ago we talked about adding chemical exfoliants in our cleansers: Today we’ll look at turning them into foaming facial products using these cute foamer bottles. Sorry for being a week late on this. As you know, things have been pretty awful around here and we’re still trying to figure out how to do … Read moreNewbie Tuesday: Modifying your facial cleanser into a foamer bottle recipe
I’ve just put out my Christmas e-zine – It’s the most wonderful time of the year! – filled with all kinds of ideas for Christmas presents, like wax tarts, whipped butters, bath salts, lip balm, and more! (Click here for the table of contents! or click here to buy!) I put these e-zines or short e-books … Read moreNew e-zine! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
In this post – Preservative chart download – Susan asks: Help! Ok, I see your preservative chart and I read the Brambleberry interview regarding Optiphen. I also read the article- Optiphen revisited. I am confused as the chart was not updated. Bottom line: Can you use Optiphen in sugar scrubs? In this post, Optiphen revisited, … Read moreWeekday Wonderings: Can we use Optiphen in sugar scrubs?
In this post, Preservatives: Liquid Germall Plus, zignorp asks: I went to Lotioncrafter to order more liquid germall plus, and I notice that in the EU it’s restricted from being used in body lotion or body cream. Do you have any idea why that is? I contacted Jen at Lotioncrafter, and she sent me so … Read moreWeekday Wonderings: Why does the EU restrict the use of liquid Germall Plus?
I know sometimes when people see the word “chemical” they stress out, but it shouldn’t! The word chemical only means “something that contains elements“, which is to say everything on earth. Your hair, your window, your cup of tea, arsenic, mushrooms – everything on earth is a chemical. So when we talk about chemical exfoliants, … Read moreNewbie Tuesday: Turning your cleanser into an exfoliating cleanser with chemical exfoliants in the form of powdered extracts
In this post, Equipment for newbies, Nerium asks: I have been a long time reader and finally took the plunge and made my first solid shampoo and conditioner today using your recipes and tutorials for guidance. Thank you so much for sharing all of this excellent information. Unfortunately, it’s not feasible for me to have … Read moreWeekday Wonderings: Do we need to use product-only equipment?
Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday. Sorry I haven’t been around much lately, but I’ve finally had a chance to sit down and read the comments. I’ve really enjoyed reading your questions and suggsestions, and I’m getting through them one by one. I continue to ask your patience as I’m still in October, … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Condensation in bottles, and filling them!
How do we turn the facial cleanser with botanical extracts (part three) into an exfoliating cleanser by adding a physical exfoliant? I’m so glad you asked! Check out the first part of this post by clicking this link, or scroll down to see the other posts in this series. HONEY, CHAMOMILE & CUCUMBER FACIAL CLEANSER … Read moreNewbie Tuesday on Wednesday: Turning your cleanser into an exfoliating cleanser (part two)
I’m experimenting in the workshop with various emulsifiers and gellants, and I’m wondering what ingredients interest you? What would you love to try on your face, body, hair? What do you spend the big bucks on or what fancy thing caught your eye? I’m curious to know what you like or want to know more … Read moreWhat ingredients do you love?