Using decyl glucoside in our products: What is it?

There’s an increased interest in using decyl glucoside as a surfactant because of its reputation for being gentle to mild and because it’s considered a green ingredient (or at least ECOcert), so how can we use it in our products? First, what is decyl glucoside? (Condensed from this post…) Decyl glucoside is a very mild non-ionic … Read moreUsing decyl glucoside in our products: What is it?

Newbie Tuesday: Questions, comments, and recipes about lotion bars.

Sorry, nothing today. No one played along, so there’s nothing to report. I had planned to modify the recipes you shared into scrub bars for next week, but we don’t have any recipes to modify. Feel free to do a search for scrub bars – there are tons of recipes on the blog. I’m cancelling the … Read moreNewbie Tuesday: Questions, comments, and recipes about lotion bars.

Some neat stuff I thought might interest you for a long weekend…

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, there are no old posts on this blog! But sometimes interesting discussion on not-so-recent posts get lost, so I thought I’d share a few I’ve seen this week… Looking for some ideas on tools you can use to mix your products? Check out the discussion in this post – Creating … Read moreSome neat stuff I thought might interest you for a long weekend…

Weekend Wonderings: Using liquid extracts, freezing butters, and using different preservatives!

INTO WHICH PHASE SHOULD WE PUT LIQUID EXTRACTS?In this Weekend Wondering post on using extracts, Karen asks: Hi Susan. I was wondering if using liquid oil soluble extracts would they be included as part of the oil % phase or water phase?  If something is oil soluble, you put it with the oil soluble ingredients. If … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Using liquid extracts, freezing butters, and using different preservatives!

Chemistry Thursday: Review before we get into new stuff next week

There seems to be some interest in learning more chemistry (yay!), so I’m resuming the Chemistry Thursday posts next week. In the meantime, here are a few posts that might interest you! The atom! What is an atom? What’s a proton, a neutron, and an electron? The molecule! What is a molecule? Ionic bonding and … Read moreChemistry Thursday: Review before we get into new stuff next week

Newbie Tuesday: Formulating lotion bars

I love lotion bars. They’re super easy to make and you can customize them in so many ways! But what is a lotion bar, exactly? These are generally solid-ish, anhydrous products made with oils, butters, and waxes. The basic recipe is generally 1/3 butter, 1/3 oil, 1/3 wax, but you can make loads of modifications to … Read moreNewbie Tuesday: Formulating lotion bars