A thought for the day: If there’s a reason you can’t use an ingredient…

I see e-mail messages and comments all the time asking how to substitute something in a recipe because someone has an allergy or are vegan or have a special need or political belief that means they can’t use an ingredient, and my suggestion is to learn what the ingredient brings to the product and learn … Read moreA thought for the day: If there’s a reason you can’t use an
ingredient…

Weekend Wonderings: Decyl glucoside in laundry detergents and greasiness of coconut oil in lotions with a quick note about e-mail

In this post on decyl glucoside, Mandy asks: Does anyone know if there is a powdered form of decyl glucoside? Or, is there another powdered surfactant that would work well as a laundry detergent?  I wouldn’t take the chance, to be honest. I know a few people who have ruined their very expensive machines by making … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Decyl glucoside in laundry detergents and greasiness of coconut oil in lotions with a quick note about e-mail

I’ve written up a new SnapGuide – making soy wax tarts!

Can you tell I’m off work for the week? I’ve created a new SnapGuide visual tutorial on making soy candle wax tarts! I starting making these when my massage therapist mentioned how much she loved the idea but hated the fragrance choices, and I was so happy to see Voyageur Soap & Candle had the … Read moreI’ve written up a new SnapGuide – making soy wax tarts!

Correction: Some oils can penetrate your hair!

In the post on hygral fatigue and coconut oil, I stated that oils can’t penetrate our hair shaft. I was wrong! Some oils can penetrate our hair shaft – it’s all about the size and type of molecules in the oil. When I was thinking about oils penetrating the hair shaft, for some reason I thought … Read moreCorrection: Some oils can penetrate your hair!

Hygral fatigue and coconut oil (heavily edited)

Someone mentioned the concept of hygral fatigue in a comment the other day, and I thought I’d share what I’ve learned! It’s a term used to describe the constant swelling and contracting of the hair shaft by water caused washing too frequently (or possibly absorbing water from the atmosphere). Point of interest: I’ve amended this … Read moreHygral fatigue and coconut oil (heavily edited)

Weekend Wonderings: Using salicylic acid without alcohol and making a face cream absorb better

In the Weekend Wondering post, Topher asks: I want to create a 2% salicylic acid toner without alcohol. I noticed that in your toner recipes you do not use alcohol, yet the SA is completely dissolved. How do you do this?  To be honest, I use white willow bark most of the time because I don’t … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Using salicylic acid without alcohol and making a face cream absorb better