I’m still alive…

I’m still here and researching things, but I’m finding it hard to find time to write posts in the midst of work and life in general. I’m on holiday time as of Saturday, so I’ll have more time to write and experiment and generally blog more often for a week and a half, so I...

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Weekend Wonderings: Do we need to include a preservative in an anhydrous product?

DO WE NEED TO INCLUDE A PRESERVATIVE IN AN ANHYDROUS PRODUCT? In this post, I’m working on a few things, Renee asks: Could I get your thoughts (or feel free to refer me to a post) – I blend a beautiful facial serum with plant oils (rose hip, argan, avocado, etc. That’s it – 100% plant oils…...

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I’m working on a few things…

But I’d still love to hear from you! I’m working with some new emulsifiers and researching products for kids, but I’m needing some inspiration for the next few weeks! So please, don’t hesitate to share your thoughts, your successes, your questions, and so on. I should be back to posting tomorrow, and I’ll get to...

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Simplifying a recipe: The oil phase of a body butter

How many times have you encountered a recipe that sounds amazing, only to find out that you’re missing a few of the ingredients? You aren’t really sure why you need those ingredients, but you really want to make the awesome sounding lotion without having to wait the two to six weeks it’ll take to get...

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Weekend Wonderings: How can we make a nice body oil from an oil cleansing method oil? Can we replace all the water in the heated water phase? And how do we add humectants to an anhydrous product?

HOW CAN WE MAKE A NICE BODY OIL FROM AN OIL CLEANSING METHOD OIL?In this post on the oil cleansing method, Carol asks: Your comment “Although I imagine it might make a nice body oil!” has encouraged me to ask this question…to make a body oil would you change the percentages or oils used in anyway?...

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Weekend Wonderings: The search is working again! How much does the shelf life increase when we add anti-oxidants? Will Leucidal work with sugar scrubs?

THE SEARCH ENGINEIn this post on Emulsifiers: Making a simpler Lotionpro 165 body butter Lise asks: Search function is working on my blog again- I just dropped in to search for something on yours and can’t find it. Did you take it down? I did take the search down because I was growing tired of...

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Emulsifiers: Making a slightly simpler Lotionpro 165 body butter

We took a look at a body butter yesterday that contained quite a few ingredients. If I surveyed every recipe on this site – which would number over a thousand! – there would probably be a question on each of them from you, my wonderful readers, on how to make them simpler, how to leave...

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Emulsifiers: Lotionpro 165 in a body butter

One of the things Jen from Lotioncrafter advertises on her blog about this emulsifier is its ability to create a light, fluffy body butter (Body Butter Bliss recipe), so it was only natural to try using it in a body butter that contained quite a lot of shea butter to see how it would work....

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Emulsifiers: Lotionpro 165 in a lotion

We met Lotionpro 165 in yesterday’s post, so it only seems fitting to try it in a lotion recipe today! When I find a new emulsifier, I like to try it out in a product I’ve made many times before so I can compare it directly with my regular emulsifiers like Polawax or Ritamulse SCG....

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Why the heck did I buy this and what can I do with it? Lotionpro 165

I bought Lotionpro 165 (INCI Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG 100 Stearate) from Lotioncrafter a while ago, but I’m finally getting around to playing with it, and it seemed like a great inclusion in the Why the heck did I buy this? series of posts! Lotionpro 165 is an all-in-one non-ionic emulsifier based on the HLB system used in our...

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