No post this morning…but a question

Let me know what you want to know! With Christmas coming soon – yeah, I know, it’s three months away, but when you’re a crafter you have to start thinking about these things in July, so I’m really two months late – and the busy craft class teaching season upon us, I need to get...

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Question: How do I modify the recipe when I add or subtract an ingredient? (updated)

This question comes up a lot, and although I thought I’d covered it before, I figured this question deserved its own post! How do I modify a recipe when I add or subtract an ingredient? For the most part, we take the same percentage from the water in the heated water phase. A few examples…...

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Question: How do we know what version of an ingredient to use and how to substitute it?

Ellbie writes in this post: Hi Susan. I have a question that is a little off topic but seems to fit into this series of posts. Some ingredients are available in liquid or solid so when you are looking at a recipe how do you know which is listed? AND how do figure out how much to...

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Creating products: Questions about Polawax versus other emulsifying waxes (updated)

We’ve had some great questions and comments come out of the creating products series so far, so I thought I’d share them with you over the next few days! Please feel free to share your thoughts on any post by writing in the comments box (and I don’t care how old the post might be...

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Creating products: Equipment for measuring pH (updated)

pH indicators: You can get pH strips from your local supplier, and there always seems to be a great debate about whether or not they are useful. There’s always a place for testing your pH in bath and body products, but my experiences with strips have been spotty at best. I’ve tried three different kinds...

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Creating products: Equipment (part 2) (updated)

Let’s get back to our look at equipment! Mixers: There’s always this great debate about mixers – do we go with a stick blender, hand mixer, Kitchenaid, or whisking by hand? Yes. I went into a little detail in this post about mixers, and you can use any of those mixers listed above when making lotions....

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Creating products: Equipment (part 1) (updated)

The more you create, the more it seems you need to buy special equipment for your crafting…but it doesn’t have to be that way. I’ll give you an idea of which things I feel I really need and which I don’t (and I hope you’ll chime in with your favourite toys for the workshop) Scale:...

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Creating products: Assembling your ingredients – weighing and measuring (updated)

When I’ve prepared my space by cleaning and tidying it up, I get ready to measure! I like to get some fresh water into my double boiler, then set the dial to the highest setting to get it to the boiling point. (If you want to learn more about my electric fondue pot that I...

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Creating products: Assembling your ingredients – preparing your space (updated)

I’m not an organized woman, but I think I’m doing okay in the workshop. I have all my ingredients organized into different bins. If you look at at this picture, on the bottom row (from left to right) I have boxes of surfactants, oils, extracts and hydrosols, other ingredients, and powdered ingredients that aren’t salts...

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Creating products: Assembling your ingredients – obtaining supplies (updated)

The second step in creating products is to assemble and weigh your ingredients into the proper containers. Let’s take a look at obtaining our ingredients in this post. Where can you buy ingredients? At a bath & body product retailer, of course! I’m fortunate in that I have three retailers within driving distance – Suds &...

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