Newbie Tuesday: Next week’s project!

If you’re interested in joining on the fun with next week’s body butter project, click here to learn more about the supplies you’ll need. If you made last week’s lotion, then you have what you need! BASIC BODY BUTTER RECIPEHEATED WATER PHASE59% water2% sodium lactate HEATED OIL PHASE10% oils15% butter3% cetyl alcohol7% Polawax (e-wax) COOL...

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Newbie Tuesday: You made lotion!

I can’t tell you how wonderful it has been to wake up every morning to your e-mails and comments about your first time lotions! (And Lise is right – the excitement of seeing your emulsification happen never gets dull!) This we’ll rejoice in your successes and trouble shoot some issues, then do it all again...

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A few administrative things for the blog on a slightly rainy Monday morning…

I’m in the workshop today – it’s finally warm enough! – stocking up on just about everything I need! I’m out of or just about out of shampoo bars, conditioner bars, intense conditioner with coconut oil, winter hair custard, intense conditioner with all my conditioning agents, leave in conditioner, body butter, body wash, bubble bath, cuticle balm,...

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When should you use a preservative?

I’m getting a lot comments and e-mail from newbies lately – welcome! – asking about preservatives. The answer is – whenever you have a product that contains water or might be exposed to water, you must add a preservative. If you want to make an oil in water lotion (what we normally make), you must...

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Are you a newbie who has made some lotion?

Are you a newbie who has been following Newbie Tuesday? Have you made your first lotion recently? Want to share your success or troubleshoot your failure? Then write to me (swiftcraftymonkey@swiftcraftymonkey.blog) or visit this post and comment and we’ll get to it on Tuesday, January 31st! (I like the e-mailing ’cause I get to see...

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How can you tell it’s a good recipe? Do the math! (updated)

Jenna wrote as a comment in this post on recipes: I have created this recipe and have made it before. There were moments that it worked and moments that it didn’t. So after finding your blog a short time ago, I finally have the courage to ask about my recipe.  water 300g  ewax 25g shea butter...

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Heating, holding, freezing, and thawing our ingredients!

The temperature of our ingredients is a hot topic these days, so let’s take a look at a few questions I’ve been posed in the last few weeks… If we heat carrier oils, will they go rancid quicker? Are we destroying the goodness in them? I answered this question last year in this post, but...

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Newbie Tuesday: It’s time to make lotion (updated)

It’s Tuesday! Did your supplies arrive? Are you ready to make a lotion? Do you have your supplies ready? All right! Let’s go! Sorry I didn’t have a video ready – it’s been hovering around 0˚C in my workshop and the heater only brought it to 9˚C on a good day! I’ll try for the...

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Points of interest relating to the cold on a very snowy Friday

I haven’t written about it much this week, but apparently I’m living in the “Freezer Valley” now (as opposed to the Fraser Valley – ha ha ha, it’s a pun or play on words!). The snow started on Saturday, January 14th, and has continued throughout the week. I’ve had to cancel four craft groups, and...

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Essential oil: Rosemary essential oil – anti-inflammatory studies

Rosemary essential oil is regularly referred to as an anti-inflammatory, but does this claim stand up when we take a look at the science? “The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of rosemary essential oil (REO) on experimental models of nociception and inflammation in animals. These data suggest that REO possesses anti-inflammatory...

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