What do you want to know? Can you make a toner with quats and water?

In the What do you want to know post? Marjo asked: Can one make a toner just with quats and water? Sure, why not? A toner is a very broad word that can mean all kinds of things. If your goal is to condition you skin after washing, then using a conditioning agent – a cationic...

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I’m sick! Argh!

Hi everyone! I’m on holiday time from work, which means I had to get sick and waste the very little time I have off lying in bed. It also means that your questions and email are going unanswered as I don’t have the energy to sit up or type much right now. Raymond and Blondie...

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What do you want to know? Why can fragrance or essential oil be added to emulsified products after it’s cooled? Can we add perfume to our products? How to make a jelly-like salve?

In the What do you want to know? post, Marjo took the opportunity to ask a bunch of great questions. Let’s take a look at a few of them here. WHY CAN WE ADD FRAGRANCE TO LOTIONS AFTER THEY HAVE COOLED?Why can fragrance oil be added later on.. does it not ‘ sweat’ out of...

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Weekend Wonderings: The search engine. What’s methylisothiazolinone (preservative)? Where can we buy Crodamol STS?

THE SEARCH ENGINEI can’t do anything about the search engine. My husband is a computer guy and he assures me the problem is on Blogger’s end, which has been confirmed by many other Blogger users and readers. I have written to them. I have changed the format of the blog. (I can’t go back to...

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What do you want to know? Making a body milk (part four)

If you’re new to this series on making a body milk and want to know more, please check out part one, part two, and part three to see where we derived this recipe and what modifications we can make! Here’s our starting recipe… BASIC FACIAL MOISTURIZER RECIPE MODIFIED TO BE A BODY MILKWATER PHASE85.5% water OIL PHASE10% oils4%...

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What do you want to know? Making a body milk (part three)

Happy Boxing Day! It’s another day to enjoy the Christmas spirit! Did you get lovely prezzies and have a wonderful dinner? I hope you had a lovely day! Although Boxing Day is a huge shopping day in my part of Canada (B.C.), Raymond and I avoid the crowds, staying home to watch videos and play...

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone! Thank you for all your kindness and generosity this year towards the blog and our youth programs! I really can’t thank you enough for everything. I hope your day is merry and bright and filled with love and laughter! ...

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What do you want to know? How to dissolve powdered extracts?

In the What do you want to know? post, Lynae asks: I also have a question about powdered extracts, like the chamomile you show. Do you add them by weight as well, or do you dissolve them in some water? I used some calendula that ended up making my lotion gritty and want to avoid that. For powdered...

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What do you want to know? How to make a body milk (part two)

We took a look at a basic body milk recipe we could make using a facial moisturizer recipe yesterday. Let’s take a look at a few different versions of this recipe! BASIC FACIAL MOISTURIZER RECIPE MODIFIED TO BE A BODY MILKWATER PHASE85.5% water OIL PHASE10% oils4% emulsifier COOL DOWN PHASE0.5% preservative VERSION #1 WITH PUMPKIN...

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What do you want to know? How do we know if ingredients are powdered or liquid?

In the What do you want to know? post, Lynae asks: When adding ingredients by weight, how do you know if the original recipe called for powdered or liquid ingredients? and is there a guideline for converting? I believe you use panthenol in a liquid form but I have some powder. 2g of powdered panthenol...

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