I’m doing science and I’m still alive!

Wow, I’m really flaky lately, saying I’m going to write some posts, then not doing it, then showing up again to say I’m going to write some posts then not doing it and so on. I’ve been double-plus-ultra-mega-super busy lately (I’ve done at least two youth groups of some kind Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday this...

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Question: Why would I suggest using silicones for the co-washing method?

Anonymous asked this interesting question about co-washing or the no shampoo method in this post: I happen to come across your intesting post regarding cleansing conditioner. I am currently starting the co-wash method however I sometime use products with silicones. So my questions is if I am trying to remove silicones build up then why use...

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Questions: Preserving scrubs

Just so you know, this scrub uses melt & pour soap and is from this challenge (click for the post to find the recipes) as Petra and I tried to duplicate a Lush product. I used this mold from Voyageur – click here – one I use for a lot of things! In this post,...

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Question: How can I increase the lather and foam in a facial cleanser?

In this post, The Fawn writes: I currently have coco glucoside on hand and would like to make a facial cleanser for myself. But I find that with coco glucoside at 30% as the single surfactant, there’s very little bubble/lather and no foam at all. I am one of those people who wants LOTS of foam and lather if...

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My bloody big (not really) ice cream

Being lactose intolerant is hardest in the summer – ice cream – and the winter – egg nog – and those lactase tablets do nothing for me (and yes, I’ve tried the Ultra Lactaid with no success). So Raymond went on a quest to find an iced treat I could enjoy without the agony and...

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Questions: Adding goat’s milk and using BTMS in a lotion

I’m asked regularly about making goats’ milk lotions, and all I can say is that I don’t know. This is what I know about goats – they’re cute, they’re cuddly, they seem to enjoy eating tin cans, and this video about the baby goat stampede makes me smile. I hate anything to do with goat...

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Sewing: Cool ties for summer (updated)

After a lot of rain and cooler days, we’re coming into the heat of summer around here. I start getting uncomfortable around 24˚C (including our high humidity), so I need to find ways of keeping cool when I’m visiting homes without even so much as a fan! Here’s my dishevelled Blondie dog modelling one of...

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Question: Can we create our own botanical extract systems?

Anonymous wrote in the pineapple extract post: Your blog is great and you are super smart so I figured you would know the answer to this question: I really want to start incorporating extracts into my lotions. I was wondering if I could make my own botanical extract system by mixing together, for example, pineapple...

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Questions, questions, questions!

I haven’t had time to answer your comments and e-mails lately, so I’m going to take the next few days to get to quite a few of them. If you have a question that you’ve been dying to pose, e-mail me or post them in this comment and I’ll see what I can do. I’m...

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Super busy…sorry!

I didn’t realize that being away from work for four days would lead to such busy-ness! Sorry there haven’t been any new posts. I wrote a ton of them while I was on holiday, but they all need links and pictures and other things that take up time that I don’t have right now, so...

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