Newbie Tuesday: Learning how to read a recipe and convert it into weighted measurements

You cannot make good bath and body products using volume measurements. It is hard to scale the ingredients to make smaller or larger batches, and, in general, people assume that volume is the same as weight. It is not, and it is vital for the success of your recipes that you get this concept! HOW … Read moreNewbie Tuesday: Learning how to read a recipe and convert it into weighted measurements

Weekend Wonderings: Decyl glucoside alternatives, packaging, and weighed down hair

In this post, Lucy asks: Hi. Total addict to your blog 🙂 I’m a newbie to actually making, although I’ve done years of reading….! Just started experimenting with shampoo. I’ve really sensitive scalp so have stuck to decyl glucoside and cocamidopropyl betaine but find it’s a bit slimy and hard to foam…What is the next in the … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Decyl glucoside alternatives, packaging, and weighed down hair

Weekend Wonderings: Mixing small amounts of oil with water, separation of oils in a serum, and heating and holding the phases together

In this post on witch hazel, Anonymous asks: I am working on an insect repellent using 90% Witch hazel and 10% EO. Will the two ever blend or will it have to be shaken each time? They won’t blend and they will need to be shaken every time.  Oil and water don’t mix. To get them to … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Mixing small amounts of oil with water, separation of oils in a serum, and heating and holding the phases together

I’m working on…

Those posts on slip and glide in conditioners…Those posts on physical exfoliants in our facial scrubs…A recipe for a foaming facial cleanser using foaming silk surfactant…A recipe for a leave in conditioner with volumizing complex…Research on and recipes playing with ingredients like mallow, ginger, and pomegranate extracts…Stuff about substituting ACI and decyl glucoside in surfactant … Read moreI’m working on…

Blame Michele for enabling you: Ideas for new ingredients

In this post, Michele writes: I wonder what I can purchase next to try. I like to buy an ingredient I would use in more than one type of product.  I want to put this out there before I even think about responding to this question…You asked for it. When you read about a few of … Read moreBlame Michele for enabling you: Ideas for new ingredients

Weekend wonderings: Solubilizers, herbs in shampoo bars, and modifying lip balms

In this post, Steve wrote: Thank you very much for your generosity in sharing the magical world of fragrances. I’m still doing my research and tonight have been studying the whole solubilizer thing; and if you please, I have a question.Let’s say I may making up a hypothetical formula of a mix of distilled water and … Read moreWeekend wonderings: Solubilizers, herbs in shampoo bars, and modifying lip balms

Weekend wonderings: Using CP soap as shampoo, making products and scenting them later, daily use conditioners, and damage to our hair!

Sorry for the lack of posts this week! I was doing research – aka having great fun – in the workshop, and I wanted to do just that little bit more, and that ate into my post writing time. Plus I have a ton of products out for testing, so that’s going to take another … Read moreWeekend wonderings: Using CP soap as shampoo, making products and scenting them later, daily use conditioners, and damage to our hair!

Question: What’s the deal with coco-caprylate caprate?

In this post, Aesthete asks: Based on your experience with Coco-Caprylate Caprate, how is it compared to C12-15 alkyl benzoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate and dimethicone? Occlusive? Spreading? After-feel? Is it comedogenic? Great question, Aesthete! I decided to do a little test by comparing coco-caprylate caprate against fractionated coconut oil (INCI caprylic/capric triglycerides), C12-15 alkyl benzoate, and cetearyl … Read moreQuestion: What’s the deal with coco-caprylate caprate?

Conditioners: Adding slip and glide to a conditioner – introduction

Here’s how many bottles I made out of that huge batch of 3.5% Ritamulse BTMS-225 conditioner I made earlier this week! The tall bottle at the back is 1 litre (32 ounces), three – 500 ml (16 ounce) bottles, one – 180 ml (6 ounce bottle), and three – 4 ounce (120 ml) bottles. I … Read moreConditioners: Adding slip and glide to a conditioner – introduction