Experiments in the workshop: Creating a body wash for really oily skin – part one

If you’ve read much of the blog, you’ll know that I have really oily skin and you’ll also know that I work with a lot of teenagers in my youth programs, so it only makes sense for me to make a body wash that might help oily skin be less oily. (You’ll also note I … Read moreExperiments in the workshop: Creating a body wash for really oily skin – part one

Weekend Wonderings: Difference between carbomer vs. acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer? What conditioner can I use for very fine hair? What’s the difference between dilution and ratio?

Still suffering from this horrible cold, although my throat is feeling better and my skin doesn’t hurt so much. I keep drinking vast quantities of chicken soup and honey & lemon tea and spraying my throat with echinacea while sucking on zinc tablets, and I think it’s all working. I’m sure the rest isn’t hurting … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Difference between carbomer vs. acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer? What conditioner can I use for very fine hair? What’s the difference between dilution and ratio?

Weekend Wonderings: When should you use a preservative? How to avoid dirty heels with lotion bars? How to tell if something’s gone rancid?

I love Saturday mornings. I see comments come in all week, but this is the morning I get to write about what I was thinking. It’s great fun, and I love to see how you respond. I’m sick. I have the September back-to-school cold and I’m grumpy and annoyed about it. I spent yesterday in … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: When should you use a preservative? How to avoid dirty heels with lotion bars? How to tell if something’s gone rancid?

Why the heck did I buy this and what can I do with it Wednesday?

Or WDIBT&WCIDWI Wednesday! (Yeah, I’ll come up with a better name!) Have you pulled a jar or bag or bottle out of your ingredients storage place only to wonder why you bought it? Or have you received a parcel filled with things you remember ordering for a forgotten project? That’s what this post is all … Read moreWhy the heck did I buy this and what can I do with it Wednesday?

Surfactants: Sodium cocoyl isethionate or SCI – a comparison

I recently bought some SCI from Aquarius Aroma & Soap, and they’ve changed from prills to noodles, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share with you some of the various ways you can find SCI or sodium cocoyl isethionate. This is the new SCI flake…but it looks like a noodle! This is how … Read moreSurfactants: Sodium cocoyl isethionate or SCI – a comparison

Ingredient: Solubilizers – a comparison

I spent last week testing PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, and I thought I’d share my initial thoughts and compare it to some of the other solubilizers you might use. If you want to see what I’m referring to, click on one of these posts…Ingredient: PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oilMy method for testingPart 1: Black Amber Lavender … Read moreIngredient: Solubilizers – a comparison