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...

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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...

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Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence…(updated)

Wow! The number of people visiting my blog has gone up by 10% over the last few days. I think you’re all here about the challenge Dr Dunn has put forth to soapmakers and the preceding discussion. (This discussion happened on the old blog and I don’t think it’s of any value to bring over...

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A few random things for a lovely February morning…

I wanted to remind you how easy it is to make your own wax tarts (a la Scentsy’s products)!  We just made them – and candles – with the kids in craft group, and it was great fun! You can get a little burner that uses a candle at your local big box retailer or dollar store...

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

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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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