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...

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Wednesday Wonderings: What’s the difference between BTMS-25 and BTMS-50?

In this post on turning conditioner bars into shaving bars, Melanie asks, What is the difference in usage between BTMS and BTMS-50? I see that BTMS-50 includes Butylene Glycol, but how do I choose between these two when making a shaving bar? (or anything else for that matter) From this post, how to use BTMS-25 in...

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Have you thought about making mineral make-up or nail polish? Why not give it a try!

As I try to catch up on all the e-mail and comments, I thought I’d share a few pictures from my craft group this Thursday. I was thrilled to see that the mineral make-up group had almost as many boys as girls! (Hey, they have mothers and girlfriends, you know!) How to make a nail...

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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...

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Thanks to everyone who donated!

A big, massive, huge, gigantic thank you to all of you who have donated to support to the free youth programs my husband run at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre in Chilliwack and Yarrow Community Hall in Yarrow, B.C. (in the Fraser Valley). I wanted to share a few pictures with you so you know what...

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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...

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A few thoughts for the first Sunday in October…

If you’ve received any e-books lately, you’ll have received the charts to go with it. But I’m afraid I left out page one on the oil comparison chart! I’m not sure how that happened, but I’d hate for you not to get that information, so please download the revised version now! Thanks to my lovely...

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Question: Why don’t we use coconut oil in sugar scrubs?

It’s been a crazy time around the Barclay-Nichols household this week, and I haven’t found a good chunk of time to sit down and write a blog post. And the busy will continue for a while as I’m teaching a class at Voyageur Soap & Candle on Saturday, so I won’t get time to do...

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