Discussion: Have you had a product morph over time?

I’m trying to do some writing for the blog and e-zine, and I thought I’d share this picture of various thickeners I’ve been trying with all kinds of surfactants, including Miracare Soft 313 (from Lotioncrafter). I started these experiments in the summer, but I need to watch what I make for months and months as … Read moreDiscussion: Have you had a product morph over time?

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!

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?

Discussion: How do you sanitize your workspace before formulating?

In the January 2018 Patreon Q&A post, Sima asked:  How do you sterilise your equipment such as pyrex jugs, beakers, spoons, spatulas, workbench etc before making a product? Can I start by saying I think it’s lovely that anyone would think I would know anything about being tidy given the state of my workshop? I … Read moreDiscussion: How do you sanitize your workspace before formulating?

Discussion: What do you wish you’d have known when you started making products?

I remember being so excited when I started making products, and I had to make every formula I found. I would sit at the coffee shop near my office every morning to plan out what I’d make next. I would find a formula – something like sweet almond & aloe hand lotion – and I’d … Read moreDiscussion: What do you wish you’d have known when you started making products?

Discussion: What small tip made a huge difference for you?

I’ve never been a very visual person, and making my products look nice is a massive struggle. But regardless, I want to add labels to things to make them look nice and tell whoever might use it what it’s all about. I remember reading a suggestion on the Dish forum to spray your container with alcohol … Read moreDiscussion: What small tip made a huge difference for you?

Discussion: How do you organize your workshop?

In the January Q&A, Camirra asked: I’m not sure if you have posted about this already, but how do you organize your workshop? I am struggling to organize my ingredients in my workshop in a meaningful way. Right now they are just thrown in boxes and I hunt for what I want when I formulate=bad system. … Read moreDiscussion: How do you organize your workshop?

Discussion: What are your goals and hopes for 2018?

As you know, I’ve been asking for more participation and engagement, and one of my goals for 2018 is to create a space where we can connect and share. So to foster that sense of community, I thought I could start some of these discussions or open thread where we could share our thoughts, techniques, fails, … Read moreDiscussion: What are your goals and hopes for 2018?