A mascara update and a rant about cosmetic sales people

Thanks to everyone who made suggestions helping me not get mascara all over my eye lids! I tried a few things, but nothing seemed to work. I tried putting the mascara in the fridge – this kind of worked, but it still remained really wet. I’ve tried a ton of different brands. I even tried...

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Heat isn’t a bad thing (except for me in the summer! I’m melting!)

Something strange has happened in the last year…people are worried about destroying oils and butters with heat. I think it’s something to think about, but it’s really not an issue for the oils and butters we use. If you’re in doubt, look up the smoke point of the oil or the fatty acid.  You will be...

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Ignore the previous post!

If you subscribe by e-mail, you might have seen a post called “how much are you getting of each ingredient per application?” I’ve removed it because it wasn’t ready for prime time yet. It’s something that was going through my head, and I thought I would write it up and put a random date on...

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Chemistry of oils: Triglycerides and fatty acids

If you’re new to chemistry, I encourage you to read this post on molecules and this one on covalent bonding. These are modifications of posts I’ve written in the past with more chemistry information and more asides!  TRIGLYCERIDES! This beautiful molecule to the left is a triglyceride (castor oil, to be exact). It is a molecule...

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Question: How can grapeseed oil have a one year shelf life?

Julie wrote this great comment in this post, and I had to address it! (I’m editing a bit for length…definitely visit the post to see the conversation in full!) Hi Susan! I looked at my Crafter’s Choice Grape Seed Oil I purchased from WSP about 2 months ago. It says on the bottle it is good for...

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Question: What am I doing wrong?

I’ve started wearing eye shadow more frequently, but I seem to be unable to apply mascara without getting it all over my eyelids! I’ve tried a few different brands – L’Oreal telescoping (lengthening), LashBlast (volumizing), New York Colour City Curls (curling), Big Curls Don’t Cry (waterproof, curling), and Maybelline Great Lash (volumizing), to name a...

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I’m not dead yet! I think I’m getting better!

We followed up the well attended mineral make-up group last Thursday – 41 kids, which is a record! – with 19 kids at the Yarrow groups happily making bubble bath and fragrance sprays yesterday. (That’s also a record!) I’m preparing for the tween and teen groups tomorrow in which we’ll be enjoying polymer clay! As...

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Question: How do you know how and what to substitute?

I get a lot of e-mails asking me to natural up my products, and I thought I’d go over how we can figure out what each ingredient brings to the party so you can make substitutions with the ingredients you prefer. Let’s try an easy one first – my favourite emulsified sugar scrub with Ritamulse...

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A few quick note about formulating or tweaking recipes!

I’m getting a lot of people lately wanting to make products for the first time from a recipe they’ve created. They’re writing to me to help them write it, figure out ratios, and so on. If you’re new to making bath & body products, please choose a recipe from a reputable site and try that...

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Mineral make-up page added!

Since I’m going to be writing a few posts on mineral make-up, I thought it was time to give it its own section on the blog! You can find all the posts on mineral make-up in a section I called…wait for it…mineral make-up! (I know! I’m so creative!) In this section you’ll find recipes for...

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