Separation in surfactant based products, like shampoo or body wash? Let’s troubleshoot it!

I’ve also been receiving so many questions about surfactant based products, like shampoo, body wash, facial cleanser, and bubble bath, separating, and I don’t think I know what you mean by that term “separate”. I’ve only once had something that appeared to be separation in a body wash, and that was one that had glycol … Read moreSeparation in surfactant based products, like shampoo or body wash? Let’s troubleshoot it!

Using powdered surfactants like SCI or SLSa in liquid products

I’ve been receiving quite a number of questions over the last few months about adding solid surfactants like sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI) and sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (SLSa) to liquid products, like bubble baths or body washes. The short answer is that you can’t incorporate these powders well into liquid products as they will either re-solidify … Read moreUsing powdered surfactants like SCI or SLSa in liquid products

A few thoughts and a digest of posts February 7th to February 11th, 2018

I’m sorry I haven’t written more this week, but my lower back/hip has been killing me, making it hard to sit up or even balance my laptop on my knees in bed. I had to cancel at class at Voyageur Soap & Candle yesterday as I can’t stand for long periods of time, which was … Read moreA few thoughts and a digest of posts February 7th to February 11th, 2018

Discussion: How do you clean up after a day of formulating?

In the post, Discussion: How do you sanitize your workspace before formulating, Sarah wondered: Does anyone here have a favorite grease-cutting cleanser/method for cleaning little glass bottles and jars? I’ve tried very hot water, dish detergent and d-Limonene, but it still took many round of cleaning and I still don’t think it’s enough…am I going to … Read moreDiscussion: How do you clean up after a day of formulating?

I love the love! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this white chocolate & babassu massage bar

We had such a blast creating Valentine’s Day products at Voyageur Soap & Candle last week, and I thought I’d share a few formulas I thought might be nice for the one you love! As an aside, I hate that February is all about Valentine’s Day as some people choose not to celebrate it while … Read moreI love the love! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this white chocolate & babassu massage bar

Digest of posts February 2nd to February 6th, 2018

I’m having such great fun sharing those things I’ve learned falling down rabbit holes as I research some of the questions you’ve posed or ingredients I’ve found. I had a great question from Derek about liposomes I’ve been researching for the better part of a month that’s making me re-write all I’ve shared about the … Read moreDigest of posts February 2nd to February 6th, 2018