Facial scrubs: Which exfoliant to choose? Physical exfoliants (part 1)

We’ve decided we want to make a facial scrub, but we aren’t yet sure what kind of scrub we want to make or what exfoliants we want to use. Let’s take a look at the different scrubbies we could include in a facial scrub, then take a look at the different kinds of scrubs we...

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Facial products: Scrubs!

Rosi suggested we take a look at making some facial scrubs, and I thought we’d start with some oil based scrubs then move to some surfactant based ones after Christmas. As usual, let’s review what we should know before we start! Why use a scrub? What’s the goal of this product? The goal is to...

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It’s not the end of the world…

Did you really think it would be? For my 11th birthday I was given a hard copy version of the Book of Lists 3 in which it was mentioned that the end of the world could happen on December 21, 2012, my 43rd birthday. “Yeah, whatever. I’ll be dead by then.” (I was a nihilistic...

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A few comments I missed: Emulsifiers, scrubs, and facial scrubs!

As you probably know, I’ve been really busy over the last few months, and I missed some great comments. I’m going back through the archives to see what I missed…and here are a few that caught my attention!   In this post on modifying the eye cream to include different oils, Robert asks: Also, great work...

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A few comments I missed: Preservatives

In this post, Shell asked: Hi, I’m VERY MUCH a newbie to making bath & body products. I would like to give them away as Christmas gifts but I cannot make them the night before… I also would like to tell the recipients of these gifts how long they will last and how to properly take...

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Substitutions: Only six days to go until Christmas!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and if you’re like me, you’re frantically rushing to finish the last of your Christmas presents only to find you’re missing an ingredient and there’s no time or opportunity to visit a local supplier. No fear – let’s take a look at some substitutions you can make...

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Converting to and from metric!

I get a lot of email asking me to convert my recipes into non-metric measurements. I can’t. I don’t have the time and my brain doesn’t think that way. I’ve been metric since grade one, and I measure in Celsius and grams. (Although I can’t figure out how to do height and weight in anything...

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Question: Is it okay to use small amounts of lots of oils.

In this post, Art asked: In order to make a whipped body butter, I have been reading up about the benefits of lots of different oils. I have come up with a recipe that includes four different types of butters (avocado, mango, shea, and aloe) and about 7 different types of oils (olive, sweet almond,...

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A few questions about lotion fails…

I created an epic lotion fail the other day using Ritamulse SCG incorrectly, and it raised some questions. Let’s take a look at those this morning… Jesse wrote: Sorry this could sound silly, but does that means the failed lotion can not be used? Hi Jesse! No silly questions, although they can be asked silly-ily if...

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Hodor! Hodor! Hodor?

Although I’ve finished A Song of Ice and Fire for now (aka Game of Thrones), I’m still in love with Hodor. There is a particularly awesome passage in A Storm of Swords that made me fall for this gentle giant. A thunderstorm has made Hodor particularly upset. He is running about yelling, “Hodor! Hodor! Hodor!”...

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