These are a few of my favourites things! Morning routine

I started thinking about the products I use every day when Lise asked me about my preferences, so I thought I would share my daily routine. What I use changes by season, weather, and whim, so this is what I’m loving on January 31st, a generally very wet time in south west BC. (I’m still...

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A few thoughts for Monday!

I’ve been fighting this flu all week and it hit me again today. Sorry for the short post!  The facial cleanser/scrub recipes I’ve been posting lately are gentle enough to use very day, but a lot of skin types cannot handle every day exfoliation. Therefore, although I consider the surfactant based cleansers gentle enough for...

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A few non-bath & body related things for a lazy, dog dangling Sunday morning!

Hi to members of Pinterest! I really appreciate all the pinning you’ve been doing about this blog, and I’m suitably impressed by your choices of blog posts. I can’t believe how many of you have been posting about the need for preservatives. (It feels like we’re finally winning that battle!) Thanks so much for sharing...

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Question: What’s my favourite facial cleanser recipe?

In this post, Lise asked: Thanks for this series on cleansers which has me all curious about your own preferred face cleanser. I ask because I have personally never had any real success using surfactant based face cleansers. (not sure if it’s sensitivity or just a dislike of the feeling of soap on my face). I...

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Question: Are the preservatives found in our ingredients enough to preserve the product?

I see people asking if they need to include a preservative in their product when they are using ingredients that already contain preservatives, and the short answer is yes. The long answer is also yes with an explanation. Let’s say you want to make this toner (from this post on dry skin toners). How much...

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A facial cleanser with clay!

I found this recipe on Voyageur Soap & Candle’s site a while ago – I can’t seem to find it now on their site! – and I thought I’d share my tweaks for this product. We’ve made it with the craft group a few times, and the ingredients I chose were to help with the...

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Facial scrubs: Adding physical exfoliants to the surfactant base

The first step in turning our surfactant based facial cleanser into a scrub is to choose our physical exfoliants. Some will be great choices, some will be terrible, and some will be all about your preferences and your budget! (Please visit this post and this post to see the complete and detailed list about these...

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Facial scrubs: Tweaking the surfactant base recipe!

If you feel lost reading this post, please check out the previous posts on working on our surfactant base recipe part one, part two, part three, and part four.  I think we’ve come up with a few ideas for surfactant bases that will work for various skin types.  As with any product you want to make, learning about...

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Question: Can you use castille soap as a facial cleanser?

I’ve had quite a few comments or e-mails about this topic – can you use your hand made soap as a facial cleanser? – and yes, you can use castille soap as a facial cleanser. It’s lovely stuff and cleans nicely! However… Our skin has a pH between 4.7 and 5.5, and we generally formulate...

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Facial scrubs: Working on our surfactant base recipe – part 4 (thickening!)

If you feel lost reading this post, please check out the previous posts on working on our surfactant base recipe part one and part two and part three. One of the other things to consider for this facial scrub is thickening as it is going to be quite watery with 40% surfactants! We took a look at using glycol distearate...

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