Weekend Wonderings: Compensating for evaporation, adding water soluble ingredients to a serum, and citronellyl methylcrotonate.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE OTHER INGREDIENTS WHEN THEY EVAPORATE DURING HEAT AND HOLD?In this Weekend Wonderings comment post, Anitra asks: This one’s related to our heated water phases; When compensating for evaporation, do we need to compensate for any of the goodies (panthenol, glycerine, aloe, etc.) added to the heated water phase as well? Or...

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What do you think of this visual tutorial?

I found this thing called SnapGuide tonight, so I created a guide to making an emulsified sugar scrub. I’ll be posting more on my channel – which is under my name, Susan Barclay Nichols, not Swiftcraftymonkey – when I have time! I only have the one guide so far, but I would love to hear...

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Sorry for the silence…

It has been one of those weeks! (Although I’m starting to think it might be one of those lifetimes…) I tripped on the stairs of my best friend’s house, and my herniated disk has been causing me great pain all week. I guess I’m not a Viking (yet). I’m one of those porcelain Victorian dolls...

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Weekend Wonderings: Oils good for our hair, what does “neat” mean, and how do we stop whipped butters from melting in the heat?

What’s up with the Dish? I have no idea. If you know, please post something here!  WHICH OILS MIGHT BE GOOD FOR OUR HAIR?In this post on which oils might be good for hair, Nancy writes: I have dry dry hair that is fine and fragile. I am trying to give up the expensive salon products...

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Review: Tea Tree Oil Creamy Facial Cleanser & Make-up Remover

Richard Wright, spammer, posted a link to this product, Tea Tree Oil Creamy Facial Cleanser & Make-up Remover, so I thought I’d give him a little of the promotion he wanted. Let’s take a look at this product. For a mere $24.95 you get: Organic Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Distilled...

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Newbie Tuesday: Testing skin feel of our oils

Last week we decided we would get to know our oils a little better by testing them neat on our skin and writing down the results. This week, let’s do it! Before we start, prepare a little chart for yourself that outlines the name of the oil, the colour, the viscosity (very light, light, medium,...

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Weekend Wonderings: Compensation for evaporation, Polawax as a possible replacement for beeswax, and using Epsom salts in bath bombs

Have something you want to ask? Visit the Weekend Wondering comment post and ask away!  COMPENSATION FOR EVAPORATION AFTER HEATING AND HOLDINGIn an e-mail, Brittany asks: I’ve struggled with the heating of the water phase for a while now. You suggest to heat the water phase for 20 minutes, but to add more than the...

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Weekend wonderings: Preserving fresh fruit in products, measuring pH in a conditioner, and determining if an old oil is bad

PRESERVING FRESH FRUIT IN SUGAR SCRUBSIn this post about honeysuckle extract, Monique asks: Can you use this to preserve fresh puree fruits in sugar scrubs? No. You can’t use this type of powdered honeysuckle extract as a preservative. There is a type of honeysuckle extract that you might be able to use as a preservative, as...

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A few thoughts about starting a business…

I was over at the Soap Queen’s blog, and there was a very lively discussion about starting businesses. I saw a few things in the comments that got me thinking and I thought it might make for an interesting discussion here… Experienced soap and bath and body makers will tell you not to run headlong...

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