Dual layer sunglasses case

I love having two pairs of glasses in one case – although my reading glasses will be joining me in craft group for now on because I can’t thread a needle any more!!! – but you could carry an iPod or other important device in the other side. (Oh there’s a surprise, I’ve made a...

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Adding slip to conditioners with oils or butters

An easy way to add slip or lubricity to your conditioners is through the use of oils and butters. We’re actually spoiled for choice here as there are so many we could include that are hair friendly. Ideally, you’ll choose something that won’t go rancid in a short period of time (or something you’ll use...

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Craft group: Sunglasses cases

It’s summer – oh, boy is it ever summer around here with a “once in a lifetime” heat wave – so you’ll need a case to store your sunglasses! So here is pattern for making your own sunglasses case (pdf). And here’s a PDF of the instructions. If you’ve sewn before, you might want to...

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Cationic quaternary compounds: Incroquat CR

As I’ve been writing these posts on conditioner, I realize I’ve left out Incroquat CR as a great option for making very basic conditioners without oils and silicones. Incroquat CR is a cationic quaternary compound, like BTMS and cetab, but it won’t emulsify much on its own. (The manufacturers claim it is an emulsifying system,...

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Liquid Germall Plus in spray formulations

Mich asked the following question in a comment:I do have a question: I have seen that Liquid Germall Plus should NOT be used in products that are to be aerosolized. Link from Lotioncrafters on Liquid Germall Plus. Do you think that would include using it in ANY type of spray formula, or just something you’re...

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Cationic quaternary compounds: Cetrimonium chloride

If you’ve read any of the posts on this blog, you’ll know I love this stuff in hair care products! It’s a cationic quaternary compound, like BTMS and cetrimonium bromide, but it isn’t a great one on its own. It has a chain of 16 carbons, which means it isn’t as lubricating as BTMS or...

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Mineral make-up Wednesday…won’t be seen today

Mineral make-up Wednesday has been postponed because I haven’t had time to work on new colour combinations because the once in a lifetime heat wave we’re experiencing in the Fraser Valley is keeping me out of the workshop and in my air conditioned room. Join me next week when we’ll start building some foundations, blushes,...

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Cationic quaternary compounds: Cetrimonium bromide

PLEASE NOTE: I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE TO BUY CETRIMONIUM BROMIDE ANY MORE. IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA, PLEASE SHARE IT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW, PREFERABLY WITH A LINK TO THE ITEM IN A SHOP! THANKS! (Sorry for yelling, but I really wanted to get your attention!)  Cetrimonium bromide is a cationic quaternary compound used...

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Cationic quaternary compounds: Incroquat BTMS-50 (updated)

If any of this seems like Greek to you, please read the post on how conditioners work first… To me, Incroquat Benehyl TMS-50 (INCI: Behentrimonium methosulfate (and) cetyl alcohol (and) butylene glycol) or BTMS is the grandmother of all cationic quaternary compounds. It’s easy to find, easy to use, and it emulsifies silicones and oils...

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Naming things in chemistry

I know, this probably isn’t a post you’d normally read, but I think it’s something useful for the next few posts. In talking about cationic quaternary compounds, the number of carbon atoms in the chain is vital in learning how conditioning something might be. So here’s a little primer on how to figure out how...

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