Weekend Wonderings: Preserving difficult to preserve products. Adding beeswax to any lotion recipe.

Is it really November 30th? It really is starting to smell and look at a lot like Christmas, eh? Michael’s smells like a Christmas cake bomb just went off in the middle of the store, and it gives me such a headache! (Which is saying a lot because I’m not scent sensitive and I love...

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(Early) Weekend Wonderings: Substitutions for mango butter,

Happy Black Friday! And thanks for your lovely Thanksgiving wishes, but I’m Canadian, and our holiday is the second Monday of October. But I’ll always happily accept good wishes and blessings any time of the year! I’m not going near the shops today because I don’t really do crowds, so let’s spend some time looking...

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Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat! Here are some present ideas…something that ends with “-at”

As I gather information on what you want to know, I thought I’d post a few Christmas present ideas. Creating Christmas presents – bath bombsCreating Christmas presents – bath saltsCreating Christmas presents – whipped buttersLast minute project ideasProjects for those new to bath & body creationsSubstituting when crafting Christmas presents Christmas in Swift’s workshopTeen girl...

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What do you want to know?

I’m getting ready to write a week of Newbie Tuesday posts to go with my whole “it’s Christmas, so here’s how you make things” and I wanted to incorporate some of the things you want to know into the series. One of the really fun things about teaching is learning from participants what they want...

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Weekend Wonderings: How should we heat our ingredients?

Hi everyone! I’m off to teach my lotion making class at Voyageur this morning, so I only have a few minutes to look at your comments. There’ll be more tomorrow morning as I have the whole day off! I can’t believe it!  In this initial post on duplicating products, Sherry asks: Do you recommend any...

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Pumpkin seed oil: Making a zinc oxide cream for my husband

In yesterday’s post, we made a light lotion with pumpkin seed oil. Today I want to modify that lotion to include some zinc oxide. So what’s the deal with zinc oxide and why would I include it in a lotion? It is approved for use as an anti-chafing and soothing ingredient (in the U.S. it is classified under...

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Pumpkin seed oil: Making a light lotion

I’ve been having fun playing with my one oil lotions, so I thought I’d try making a pumpkin seed oil lotion with Polawax that I could turn into a zinc oxide lotion for my husband. What is my goal for this lotion? I want something that will offer some occlusive properties, some protection properties, and...

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Whew, I’m exhausted!

Sorry for the silence, but I’m exhausted after our International Gaming Day @ library event on Saturday. (Want to see the map? Click here!) We spent almost 8 1/2 hours playing board & card and video games with 73 participants ages 2 to adult! The girls made an astonishing number of cupcakes and cookies, and...

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Six ingredient lotion: Meadowfoam seed oil and cocoa butter

As I’m researching the ingredients you suggested in last week’s Why the heck did I buy this and what can I do with it Wednesday, let’s take a look a six ingredient lotion we could make with meadowfoam seed oil. (Wow, that’s a whole lotta links in one sentence, eh?) Meadowfoam seed oil is a...

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Weekend Wonderings: Covering up medicinal hydrosol smells? How long does Vitamin E extend a shelf life? What is rosemary extract – anti-oxidant or preservative?

COVERING UP MEDICINAL HYDROSOL SMELLS IN A TONER?In this post, Making a toner for the oily skin type, Lynda asks: I made the toner recipe above and I don’t like the way it smells. I love the scent of fresh rosemary, but the brand new rosemary hydrosol I opened to make this has a medicine smell...

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