A few administrative things: Deleting comments

There have been some allegations made that I delete comments on my blog. The case is that yes, I have. (Shock and horror! Gasps and fainting!) The reasons I might delete a comment are threefold… 1. If it is anonymous. I’ve made it clear repeatedly that I don’t like anonymous comments. If you could at … Read moreA few administrative things: Deleting comments

Making a water in silicone serum with Lotioncrafter Serum SE

I love silicones! I think they are the silkiest feeling ingredients we can find, so I’ve always wanted to make a silicone serum like the No 7 one my mom uses or the Oil of Olay one my bestie likes so much. I found this ingredient at Lotioncrafter – Lotioncrafter Serum SE* – and thought … Read moreMaking a water in silicone serum with Lotioncrafter Serum SE

Kevin Dunn has an interesting challenge for all you liquid soap makers!

As you all know I don’t make handmade soap, but I buy it and I’m fascinated by the chemistry of it. After a lengthy discussion that happened in this post, I wrote to Kevin Dunn of Scientific Soapmaking to ask him a question, and he responded! Kevin Dunn has put forth this challenge. (To learn … Read moreKevin Dunn has an interesting challenge for all you liquid soap makers!

Weekend Wonderings: What’s that whitening effect with lotions?

In this post on Lotionpro 165, Michelle asks: I had some whitening when using Lotionpro (at 4%) and it was suggested that it was reacting with my fatty alcohols (2% behenyl, 1% cetyl). Have you noticed this? I haven’t noticed it with this emulsifier, but I admit that I’m not that bothered by what’s called … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: What’s that whitening effect with lotions?

Why are preservatives considered a “necessary evil”?

Surfing around the ‘net the last few days, I keep coming upon people commenting that “Preservatives are a necessary evil…” or “I don’t like preservatives, but I’m using them…” (I guess I should be happy you’re using them!) What’s not to like? Preservatives make it possible for us to make lotions that last longer than a week. … Read moreWhy are preservatives considered a “necessary evil”?

A few thoughts about conditioners for an extremely warm Monday in February…

If you are making rinse off or leave in conditioners, you want to use an emulsifier that is positively charged or cationic. This means using ingredients like Polawax, polysorbate 20, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil or Caprol Micro Express as the main ingredient isn’t the best idea. Why? We use positively charged or cationic ingredients in … Read moreA few thoughts about conditioners for an extremely warm Monday in February…

Random thoughts for a way too warm February Saturday morning…

Jenna! If you are reading this, please send me another e-mail to which I can send your e-book. I’ve been trying for two days, and I keep getting the message “550 Mailbox quota exceeded”!  There is no hard and fast rule about when you should add an extract. There are some that can withstand heat, … Read moreRandom thoughts for a way too warm February Saturday morning…

Creating a body butter for the colder, drier winter months

We might not be getting snow this year, but it’s still dry outside! (The lack of snow is so bad, local mountains are calling the ski season over!) Raymond’s skin needs some serious moisturizing and hydrating, and I thought I’d make him a lovely body butter to help his skin get back to normal! If … Read moreCreating a body butter for the colder, drier winter months