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

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 … Read morePlease please please please don’t make your own sunscreen

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 … Read moreMaking a Japanese themed body wash – other ingredients

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 … Read moreMaking a Japanese themed body wash – surfactants

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 … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Aloe butter and preservatives, preserving fresh face masks, and heating evening primrose oil

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