Do you need to measure the pH of your products? If so, do you need a meter, or can the strips work just as well?

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?

How to test pH of our products and more (updated for 2017)

In this post, Weekend Wonderings: Have a question?, Valerie asked: Are there guidelines on to dilute (with distilled water) a sample of a product before testing to get ph test accurate results – like shampoo, lotion etc. I have pH tested my liquid soaps in the past and was instructed to dilute appropriately before testing to … Read moreHow to test pH of our products and more (updated for 2017)

Weekend Wonderings: What kind of colourants would we use for shampoo or conditioner or liquid soap?

In this post, Can I use BTMS-25 in a solid conditioner?, Baby Kat asks: Very interesting point. So far, I have always used btms 50 and it works well for me. I wanted to ask, what kind of colorants would you recommend to add to shampoo/conditioner/liquid soap? I find it more appealing when the color of … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: What kind of colourants would we use for shampoo or conditioner or liquid soap?

Long Weekend Wonderings: When to add Vitamin E and essential oils? How much fragrance or essential oil to use in a product?

WHEN SHOULD I ADD MY VITAMIN E AND ESSENTIAL OILS TO MY PRODUCTS?In this post on anti-oxidants, Rachel asks: Can you please let me know at what temp you would add Vitamin E and EOs to your lotion bar? I added Vit E at 65˚C and it started to set around the globules and was … Read moreLong Weekend Wonderings: When to add Vitamin E and essential oils? How much fragrance or essential oil to use in a product?

Weekend Wonderings: pH with willow bark extract, using Optiphen ND with proteins or goat’s milk, and some administrative things

DOES WILLOW BARK EXTRACT NEED A LOWER pH?In this post on white willow bark, Heela asks: I wonder if this needs to be in a product that has a pH between 3-4 like traditional salicylic acid? Also, if it is in a higher pH formulation, does the salicylic acid become neutralized or can you drop the … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: pH with willow bark extract, using Optiphen ND with proteins or goat’s milk, and some administrative things

(Long) Weekend Wonderings: Altering the pH of our products, freezing fragrance oils, and using butylene glycol as a co-preservative

ALTERING THE pH OF OUR PRODUCTSIn the Weekend Wonderings comment post, Liz asks: First off I have to say your blog is so informative- you are my bath and body hero! And I have a question for you, with summer coming up I wanted to make a sunless tanning lotion. I bought some Dihydroxyacetone and Erythrulose … Read more(Long) Weekend Wonderings: Altering the pH of our products, freezing fragrance oils, and using butylene glycol as a co-preservative

Weekend Wonderings: Magacamianussol?, new ingredients, and the importance of pH in a shampoo

Have a weekend wondering? Have a question for which you can’t find an answer or something that’s been bugging you for weeks? Visit this post and share your weekend wondering with us! DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT MAGACAMIANUSSOL MIGHT BE?In this post, Lise asks: Have you ever come across this ingredient: Magacamianussöl (from an ingredients list … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Magacamianussol?, new ingredients, and the importance of pH in a shampoo

Chemistry Thursday on Friday: Let’s take a look at pH

pH is so important when it comes to creating rinse off and leave in products, especially facial products or those based on foaming and lathery surfactants. Using a product with an out of whack pH on our skin can lead to an increase in scaling, a decrease in hydration, and a possible increase in bacterial … Read moreChemistry Thursday on Friday: Let’s take a look at pH

Question: Can you use castille soap as a facial cleanser?

I’ve had quite a few comments or e-mails about this topic – can you use your hand made soap as a facial cleanser? – and yes, you can use castille soap as a facial cleanser. It’s lovely stuff and cleans nicely! However… Our skin has a pH between 4.7 and 5.5, and we generally formulate … Read moreQuestion: Can you use castille soap as a facial cleanser?