Experiments in the workshop: Min-maxing your toner.

I do love my toners (do a search and you’ll be a little overwhelmed), primarily because I use it as both a toner and a moisturizer as my oily, rosacea prone skin really doesn’t like oil based lotions or sera! So I decided to get into the workshop and see just how many interesting things...

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Experiments in the workshop: Anhydrous butter & body butter modification

So I’ve decided. I’m making a whipped butter for my best friend with the aloe butter and some lovely oils. Part of this is that my back hurts a lot so I can’t be in the workshop for a long period of time while I make a lotion and part of this is that I...

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Arnica, calendula, and comfrey oils

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m on a quest to make some lovely products to help my best friend’s foot heal after surgery. So I’m turning to three oils I’ve heard might help – arnica, calendula, and comfrey. I’ve written about comfrey extract in the past, so let’s just go for a summary here. Comfrey oil...

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Experiments in the workshop: Healing products for my best friend

As I may have mentioned, my best friend, Wanda, had an operation on her foot about 6 weeks ago, and she is need of some soothing foot products, so I’ve turned to a few different ingredients to help moisturize the skin around the bandages and to help speed the healing (although I’d never make a...

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Better crafting through chemistry: Sorbitol

In this post on humectants, Aesthete asks: I was re-reading this post on humectants and was wondering if you’ve ever formulated with sorbital? It’s described as having “excellent plasticizing & thickening effects providing viscosity & texture, stabilizes gels & provides good clarity, effective moisturizing properties, good smoothing & conditioning effects.” It almost sounds too good...

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Experiments in the workshop: Golden shea butter sugar scrub

I think we all know by now what I think of emulsified sugar scrubs. (Do a search for sugar scrub and you’ll find a ton of them), so I thought I’d try this recipe using the golden shea butter. For some reason – and I’m not sure why now – I decided to use 25% golden...

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Experiments in the workshop: Whipped golden shea butter

I admit I’m not normally a fan of unrefined shea butter. It can go grainy much more easily than the refined stuff I use, and sometimes there’s a smoky nutty kind of scent that doesn’t seem to agree with me. So I was a little apprehensive about using golden shea butter, sent to me by...

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Experiments in the workshop: Black cocoa butter emulsified sugar scrub

I had such great success with the yesterday’s black cocoa butter solid scrub bar, I had to try it in a sugar scrub! I figured the increased meltiness of the cocoa butter would be an awesome moisturizing ingredient, but I did worry it might be too melty in the container! Using this recipe, I figured...

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Experiments in the workshop: Using black cocoa butter in a scrub bar.

Randi of Creations from Eden sent me this amazing black African Natural cocoa butter. It’s so much easier to chop into little pieces than regular cocoa butter because it’s softer with a lower melting point. My knife just cut into this cocoa butter – normally, I wish for a hammer when I’m breaking up cocoa...

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Experiments in the workshop: A short series of whatever I feel like making that morning.

Whipped golden shea butter I’ve purchased or been sent a ton of new supplies lately, ingredients with which I’ve never worked, so I thought it would be fun to do a kind of random series of posts on what I’ve been making lately in my workshop with those ingredients while I do more research for...

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