Weekend Wonderings: Some rambling thoughts for the day…

I haven’t written much lately, and that’s mainly because I’m in research mode. I remember Evelyn Lau saying that writing is 80% researching and thinking and 20% writing, and I think I’m in my 80% phase. I’ve been reading and researching new ingredients, checking out studies, reviewing things I find on-line, and designing new recipes … Read more

Friday Wonderings: Can we substitute one water soluble ester for another in a deodorant? Why do I have less volume than I expected?

In this post on making deodorants, Alaska asks:  I looked up Herbarie and was wondering if the AquaEm or Cromollient SCE would work in place of the water soluble esters? Thanks!  In the original recipe, I’m suggesting cyclomethicone – an oil soluble silicone – or Crodomol PMP – a water soluble ester. So yes, we can … Read more

Learning this one weird thing will save you money and keep you from ordering too many supplies

It’s true, I tells ya! Learning how to read INCI names will save you time and money on supplies! Sorry for the click-bait name, but I had to get your attention somehow, didn’t I? WHAT IS AN INCI NAME?INCI stands for International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients, which sets out how our ingredients should be named … Read more