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?
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!
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?
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?
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?
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?
I always say I gain confidence from my successes but learn more from my failures, but this doesn’t mean I love to see a lotion fall apart or a conditioner start weeping oil a week or two later. I admit to getting more than a little peeved when I only have a few hours in … Read moreDiscussion: What did you learn from a spectacular fail?
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?
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?
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