I have two things I would love to own – a mixer that I don’t have to hold and a magnestic stirring hot plate. The magnetic stirring hot plate would do two things – stir and heat, which would be awesome. You get a little metal capsule, which you put into the beaker, then it … Read moreDiscussion: What piece of equipment are you hankering for?
We took a look at various pH meters yesterday, so let’s ask the most important question of all today – Do you need a pH meter? And what’s the advantage of using a pH meter over pH strips? The first question should be – Do you need to measure the pH of your products? If you’re making … Read moreDo you need to measure the pH of your products? If so, do you need a meter, or can the strips work just as well?
I’ve been talking a lot about testing the pH of our products as it’s so important when we start using different surfactants, conditioners, and active ingredients. I purchased three pH meters from Amazon. I chose them according to the reviews I saw left on the site. My goal is to calibrate each of them and … Read moreTesting pH meters – let’s compare a few!
Yesterday, we made some suggestions for gifts you could give to your favourite crafter. I can’t believe I forgot all about mixers! Click here for another post on ideas for presents! When it comes to hand mixers, I like to have one that has loads of attachments. When I’m teaching at Voyageur Soap & Candle, we … Read morePresent ideas for crafters – mixers!
Everyone I know tells me it’s hard to shop for me as I make everything I want, so I thought I’d share a list of things you could buy for the bath & body crafter in your world. I wrote about this topic a few years ago, and thought I’d update it for 2017. Please … Read moreChristmas present ideas for the crafters in your world – stuff for your workshop
I know it’s only a few weeks until Christmas and Hannukah (and my birthday, hint hint), so I thought I’d share some ideas for presents you could get for bath & body crafters or yourself. (I encourage you to look at this post on presents for crafters from 2014 as I have many more ideas there … Read morePresents for crafters: Mixing and measuring
If you’re following along with our upcoming Newbie Tuesday series for making facial products, here’s your equipment list. (If you take $20 and go down to the dollar store, you’ll get just about everything you need there!) Digital scale: You’ll want something that can weigh 1 gram (meaning there’s no decimal on the scale). You … Read moreNewbie Tuesday on Sunday: Equipment list
In the What do you want to know post, FC Brooks asks: My question has to do with the heating and holding part. It sounds important and useful: How exactly can you control the temperature to keep it stable for 20 minutes? There are many ways to keep the heated oil and heated water phases … Read moreWhat do you want to know? How can we control our heating and holding temperatures?
My midterm went well – an A! – and life is getting less busy, so I thought I’d start this Friday off with some comments you’ve made over the last two weeks! I love hearing from you, so please comment wherever you can and I’ll be sure to see it! Or visit the Weekend Wonderings … Read more(Early) Weekend Wonderings: Using Honeyquat in a sugar scrub and creating a double boiler
If I thought I was scaring you with Chemistry Thursday, I must be terrifying you with Physics Friday! Please keep reading…it’s really interesting and relevant stuff! Recently someone asked me if using a giant mixing device on a drill was a good idea for larger batches of products! (See this post…) He brought up the … Read morePhysics Friday: Shear