I’m away for a few days…

I’ll be away for a few days – probably until Thursday or Friday – on our end of summer camping trip. Not really sure where we’ll end up as we plan to pack up the car with all the stuff we need and we’ll start driving. When we get somewhere we like, we’ll stop driving...

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Thank you so much for your support this summer!

This summer has been immensely successful for our youth programs. Thanks to your contributions to the Rated T for Teen group by purchasing my e-books , we offered… At the Yarrow library– 4 craft groups – scrapbooking, jewellery making, chocolate making, cupcake & cookie decorating– 1 board & card games night (13 participating)– 1 video game afternoon...

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Question: Cosmetics Info vs. EWG (updated)

Cordy wrote this comment in this post: Hi Susan, I get what you’re saying (and would tend to agree with you that there’s a lot of “greenwashing” out there, or pseudo-science) but I have a question:  The website you linked to is funded by cosmetics companies. Now, that may not mean that there’s a conflict of interest...

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Question: BTMS-25 and products not emulsifying

Kathy wrote to me to ask why a recipe similar to this one wasn’t working for her. I knew right away that BTMS-25 was the culprit! If you’re using Incroquat BTMS as your emulsifier, please ensure you’re using BTMS-50 – not BTMS-25 – as your emulsifier! BTMS-25 contains 25% behentrimonium methosulfate, the active ingredient in...

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Question: Are the ingredients I mention on this blog safe to use in beauty products? (updated)

Anonymous wrote in this post: Are phosphate esters derived from chemical or organic? Are they safe in beauty products? As there are really two questions here, let’s take a look at each one. The quick answers are no, and yes. From the post: Phosphate esters are a category of anionic surfactants that include alkyl phosphates and...

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Question: Are floral waters and hydrosols the same?

What a week! The pickling cucumbers aren’t at their peak yet, so another week goes by without us making some awesome kosher dills! But we did get to be on the TV (the interview isn’t on the site yet, but I’ll link to it when it is!), and we had a great class with the...

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Almost Friday

It’s been a great but busy week as I’ve been offering craft groups every day! Yesterday, our local TV station stopped by to interview Raymond and me about our groups, the blog, and my obsession with cosmetic chemistry. Today we had 19 tweens make bubble bath from scratch followed by 26 teens making mud masks,...

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Millions of peaches (and tomatoes) for me!

We had such a great day on Sunday with all the making of peach salsa with heirloom tomatoes and tomato ketchup with Okanagan sweet tomatoes! I had to share our results! The ketchup recipe is from the book Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It and Other Cooking Projects from Karen Solomon. We used the Okanagan...

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A pep talk for a Monday morning

Why are you scared to make a lotion, a shampoo bar, a conditioner (and so on)? What’s holding you back from getting into the workshop and trying something new? I know, there’s the chance of wasting supplies, and wasting time, but those wastes will teach you something you can use for your next project, which...

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Sunday is all about the peaches!

The Presidents of the United States had it right when they sang about peaches – there are indeed million of peaches, peaches for me and Raymond and Wanda and my mom and everyone else I know! (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click here for the video, which is a good representation of a...

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