Some updates on the blog!

Thanks for your feedback in the What interests you? and Still collecting your thoughts posts! (Keep it coming!) You’ve given me so much to try out and research – it’s so freakin’ exciting!!! I hope I didn’t scare any of you by saying I wasn’t inspired, but I guess I was getting a little tired of...

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Still collecting your thoughts….

Please keep those thoughts and ideas coming! I’m getting great ideas for research and experimentation from you! I’m reading your comments and already my brain is swirling with ideas and my notebook pages are being filled at an alarming rate! So much awesome! Such inspiration!  If you live in Metro Vancouver or Fraser Valley, check...

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What interests you?

I thought I’d re-post this post asking for your input because I really do want to know what you want to know! I’m finding it a little hard to be inspired lately as it seems like I’m not sure what you want to learn, so please visit that post or comment on this one so...

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Making a coconut oil liquid conditioner

This dry winter weather is wreaking havoc on my hair, making the ends all hard and brittle, so I thought I’d make myself a little conditioner with coconut oil. But the winter hair custard I made a few weeks ago is quite high in coconut oil – 10% – and it’s causing my hair to...

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Can free fatty acids penetrate our skin?

We’ve established that studies have shown that some oils can penetrate the upper layers of our stratum corneum and that this can be a good thing because it means those oils can help improve the barrier lipids we find in the stratum corneum. So let’s take a moment to see if fatty acids we find in...

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Weekend Wonderings: Plant extracts vs. oils. Extending the shelf life of an oil.

We have a ton of comments from the last few weeks, so let’s get started! The series on oils generated loads of great comments, so let’s take a look at those… PLANT EXTRACTS VS. OILSIn the post Can oils penetrate our hair? Anastasia asks, Plant extracts vs oils: why would you choose one over another? For...

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Tuesday Wonderings: Substitutions for comedogenic ingredients? And share your knowledge about Vitamin C esters!

SUBSTITUTION FOR COMEDOGENIC INGREDIENTS?In this post on oil free moisturizers, Elysia asks: Cetyl Alcohol is moderately comedogenic and the key ingredient in Germall – Propylene Glycol – is extremely comedogenic. Do you have suggestions for a acne-safe alternatives to these ingredients?I have very sensitive, acne-prone skin so I have to be really careful with what I...

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Quick point of interest…

Raymond and I have been away since last Wednesday, so it’ll take me some time to get through your messages and comments. I’m off work a few more days, which means I’ll have some time Tuesday and Wednesday to do what I can. (Although I need some serious workshop time as well!) I really appreciate...

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Is there a reason to use expensive oils in our products?

I think we’ve established over the last week that some oils can penetrate our skin to offer an improvement to skin’s barrier lipids, that polyphenols can penetrate our skin to behave as anti-oxidants, and that phytosterols probably don’t penetrate our skin, but it’s okay because they help our skin by increasing its barrier properties. So...

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Can polyphenols found in oils penetrate our skin?

Polyphenols are found in our oils in three major ways – flavonoids, lignans, and tannins. They are the structural backbone for most anti-oxidants found in plants. Flavonoids behave as anti-oxidants on our skin and in our bodies by scavenging the free radicals produced at our cell membranes. It is thought (meaning there aren’t enough studies or...

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