We be jamming!

Today’s post will be delayed as we be jamming strawberries while they’re still in season! We’re planning to make regular strawberry, strawberry and pineapple, and strawberry with balsamic vinegar. As well, we need to make our awesome cherry relish with walnuts, which is freakin’ amazing on meats or Raymond’s baguettes with Boursin cheese! I’m in...

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Question: Is it cheaper to make your own products? Part one!

Last year, Patrick and Will posed this question – what is the cheapest lotion you could make? We took a look at various ingredients we would use in a lotion and tried to figure out how to reduce costs. This morning, I found this comment from Catherine (click and scroll down to read the entire...

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Question: How do oils in a serum stay combined?

In this post, Nancy asks: Okay, here goes. I feel so dumb asking this question. If you make a facial serum out of oils and extracts with vastly different specific gravity, how do they stay together without shaking, or an emulsifier? I’ve seen plenty of shops on Etsy selling these. I make a product, but I...

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Question: How to use BTMS-25 in place of BTMS-50?

A few questions have come up around using BTMS-25 in a conditioner when you don’t have access to BTMS-50, so let’s take a look at what we could do here! (Click here for the post on substitutions, click for the post on emulsifiers!) What’s the difference between BTMS-25 and BTMS-50? BTMS-50 is behentrimonium methosulfate (and) cetyl...

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There are no stupid questions!

Julie was embarrassed to use her name when she asked the question – what happens if our recipe totals more than 100%? – because she felt it was a stupid question. ‘Twas not a stupid question, Julie. It was a great one that hadn’t been addressed before. Stay curious! Ask questions! The only stupid question...

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Question: Why did this lotion fail?

Catherine wrote to me in this post with these concerns: Hi. I’ve had my first epic lotion fail. My question: Can I still use this broken emulsion lotion packed with cosmeceuticals? It has preservative in it so I figure, even if it’s not pretty, I assume I can still use it? Just shake it up...

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Question: What happens if our recipe totals more than 100%?

In this post, Anonymous asks: Hey Susan, This probably is a very weird question, but I was wondering, just for curiosity’s sake, what would happen if you made a change in a lotion recipe, say added extra of an ingredient in the oil phase but didnt reduce the percentage in the water phase (so the recipe didnt...

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A couple of administrative things…

I don’t know if you noticed, but in the FAQ I noted that if you asked an awesome question, I might send the writer an e-book…but the last few have been posted as anonymous. You don’t have to have a Blogger account when you post, but could you put your name your comment? Something like...

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Question: Is there any science to using a vinegar rinse on your hair?

Anonymous asks in this post: I was wondering if there might be any science to back up using a vinegar rinse? I agree that using baking soda to wash hair is a terrible idea, but I have found a vinegar rinse (after shampooing, before conditioning) invaluable. My hair is much smoother and more manageable. I...

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A few thoughts for the first Friday of summer!

I can’t believe it’s summer already. I’m still working on Christmas presents I didn’t get time to make! Here are a few thoughts for the day before I spend the rest of the morning in the workshop!  Please please please don’t make your own sunscreen. I know it’s tempting to think that all we have...

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