Confounding factors or why we need to test our products for a while

My hair always feels softer after washing it on Monday morning. Why? It could be that I always use my intense conditioner on Monday. It could be Monday is exfoliation day (I do love my sugar scrubs!), which means the conditioner stays on my hair longer or that the ends of my hair get some...

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I’m still alive!

Thank you to my wonderful readers for showing such concern about where I went! I didn’t go anywhere – I’m here, I’m just really busy. I’ve started working out – aquafit four times a week, weights twice a week – to help with my sore back, which means my mornings are about getting to the...

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Thought for the day: Trying recipes!

If you’ve never made a recipe before, try staying as closely to it as you can. On my blog, there are generally a few different versions of the recipe to be found! Let’s say you like this recipe for my emulsified sugar scrub, click on the links in the post or click on the labels...

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Experiments in the workshop: Making an eye cream (part 1)

For about a year now, I’ve been messing around with eye creams. I made one last year that I really liked, but my mom felt it was a bit heavy for her tastes. I made an anhydrous version with the cera bellina, which I quite liked as well, but I wanted to use some water...

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Question: How do I prevent my lotions from getting a bit of oil on the top?

From a post that wasn’t ready for prime time, Anonymous asked: I find a lot of my emulsions get little bit of oil leaking out after several days or even longer. Is there anything that can be done to prevent this? I never see that happening to store bought products, and those are on shelves for...

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Newbie Tuesday: A few tweaks to consider…

Welcome back to part two of this week’s Newbie Tuesday. Did you figure out your hair type? Have you taken a look at some ingredients that you might like to use? All right, let’s get to it, then! Let’s say you have normal thickness, dry, slightly curly hair that you dry with a hair dryer....

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Newbie Tuesday: Tweaks and questions

If you’re just joining us, we made conditioner on Newbie Tuesday two weeks ago, and last week we bragged about it. Last week was all about the questions, and this week is about the tweaking! You’ve made your conditioner, but now you’re looking for a few ideas on how to customize it to your hair type. Where to start?...

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Argh!

Anyone else suffering with this cold from hell? It hit me out of the blue on Tuesday and I’ve been off for the last few days, even cancelling craft group last night! I know I have to rest – it is the only real treatment for a cold – but it’s so boring! Keep those...

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Newbie Tuesday: Conditioner – questions and comments

You made conditioner, but you had some questions and comments about the recipe. So let’s take a look at those, then consider some tweaks we might try for next week! If you’re just joining us, we made conditioner on Newbie Tuesday two weeks ago, and last week we bragged about it. This week is all...

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Ramblings: Making your own detergents, Game of Thrones, and food for thought

If you really want to make your own laundry or dishwashing detergents, there are a few blogs you should visit. A quick disclaimer: I really don’t recommend making your own products to put in machines like dishwashers or washing machines because these are picky appliances and expensive to replace! A friend of mine used non-high...

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