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

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 … Read moreQuestion: What’s my favourite facial cleanser recipe?

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 … Read moreQuestion: Are the preservatives found in our ingredients enough to preserve the product?

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 … Read moreFacial scrubs: Adding physical exfoliants to the surfactant base

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 … Read moreFacial scrubs: Tweaking the surfactant base recipe!

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 … Read moreQuestion: Can you use castille soap as a facial cleanser?

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 … Read moreFacial scrubs: Working on our surfactant base recipe – part 4 (thickening!)