Some articles I read this week: Fruit oils and SPF, medical vs.cosmetic claims, formaldehyde donors

I thought this article on fruit oils and SPF was an interesting read. They won’t let me quote sections, so I took a picture of the warning. Please don’t think that using fruit oils can work as an effective sunscreen! There’s an interesting article about claims at Cosmetics Design and the difference between cosmetic and...

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Please please please please don’t make your own sunscreen

I can’t believe how many things I’m seeing on things like SnapGuide or Instructables or in my favourite forum about making sunscreens. All I can say is please don’t. There is no guarantee that these products work, and you’re risking short and long term damage for yourself and the people you love. I know we...

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A couple of chemistry myths making the rounds…

Baking soda and oil will not create a soap. There is a fascinating process called saponification during which oils and a very alkaline thing like sodium or potassium hydroxide are mixed together to create a soap. We can’t extrapolate this to mean that every alkaline and every oil will mix to create a soap. Lye...

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A thought on beachy or salt hair sprays

I love the way my hair looks after a day at the beach, all wild and untamed and not frizzy (for some strange reason!), but please note that these salt sprays increase the friction between your hair strands, which can lead to irreversible damage! The salt coats your hair, which makes the strands rub against...

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My new SnapGuide – making a lip shimmer or coloured lip balm

I’ve been meaning to make some mineral make-up visual guides, so here is the first one! Want to learn more? Click on the MMU label or look under the links to lists on the right hand side of the blog. http://snapguide.com/guides/make-a-coloured-lip-balm...

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Making a Japanese themed body wash – other ingredients

When making just about anything with surfactants, you want to think about adding other things like moisturizers, humectants, skin conditioners, and so on because when they’re alone, surfactants can feel a bit drying, no matter how gentle or mild they may be. If you have no idea what’s going on, please check out part one...

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Making a Japanese themed body wash – surfactants

Why did I choose the surfactants I did for my Japanese themed body wash? Always ask yourself about your goal and skin feel preferences to determine which ingredients you’ll use. I like to use at least two anionic (negatively charged) surfactants and one amphoteric (could be negative, could be positive) surfactant in my products because...

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Making a Japanese themed body wash…

My husband loves all things Japanese (hence the Genshiken youth group he runs for the “society for the study of modern visual culture” at the library where they watch anime and read manga and discuss both for hours!) and I thought I’d make him a Japanese themed body wash with ingredients that remind me of...

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Weekend Wonderings: Aloe butter and preservatives, preserving fresh face masks, and heating evening primrose oil

Is there anybody out there? I know you’re visiting the blog based on my stats, but the comments section is bare and my inbox is lonely and bored! I have a few sections that want your input – Formulating Friday, collecting your favourite recipes, forgotten threads – and I haven’t heard from the people who won...

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Canadian Association of Professional Soap and Cosmetic Crafters – upcoming conference and I’m offering a workshop there!!!

The Canadian Association of Professional Soap & Cosmetic Crafters is brand new, and it’s waiting for people like us to join! Lindalu is organizing a conference for March 2014 in Banff, and I’ve been invited to lead a workshop in shampoo and conditioners. (I’m so excited!) Voyageur Soap & Candle are on board – and we...

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