I’m presenting at the Conference for the Canadian Guild of Soapmakers, Chandlers, and Cosmetic Makers!

Woo! This is going to be fun! I’ve been asked to run two workshops at this year’s 1st Annual Conference for the Canadian Guild of Soapmakers, Chandlers, and Cosmetic Makers the weekend of October 16th to 18th in Banff, Alberta! I’ll be running two workshops sponsored by Voyageur Soap & Candle – lotion making and...

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Weekend Wonderings: How to heat proof a whipped butter?

It’s been a weird week! I’ve been sick for most of the week with some kind of stomach/digestive ailment, which has left me in bed feeling very grumpy. Today is Rated T for Teen video game club with the kids, then tonight we’re going to see Nightwish in Vancouver, and we’ll stay in town until...

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Fatty acids: What’s up with them? Part three

Let’s continue our look at Erika’s question about fatty acids from this post…Then, I look at other fatty acids in each of the oils and additional confusion sets in, with the function, or mechanism of other fatty acids contained in those oils.Another example, coconut oil. It contains a lot of lauric acid (47.5%) But, so...

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Fatty acids: What’s up with them? Part two

Yesterday we took a look at a question Erika posted in the fatty acids post on the blog. Let’s take a look at more of that fantastic question! Then, I look at fatty acid profiles of oils high in oleic acid I find…olive oil (78%) high oleic sunflower oil (74%)hazelnut oil (66 to 85%) avocado oil (75...

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Fatty acids: What’s up with them? Part one

Erika asked a very good and very long question in this post, fatty acids, and I thought I’d do my best to try to answer it. I’m breaking it up into smaller bites so I can try to cover it all over the next few days… I’m so confused!! I’m going in circles and about...

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Weekend Wonderings: Where to get cetrimonium bromide? What can you substitute for fatty alcohols?

I’m sorry I haven’t been writing much lately. Every weekend morning I get up, make a cup of tea, and fire up the laptop intending to write a bunch of blog posts for the week. Then the dog looks so cute and wants to play or I decide to make breakfast or one of a...

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Weekend Wonderings: Use Braggs’ amino acids in cosmetics?

In this post, formulating a facial cleanser with soy, Theresa asks: I love using foaming soy and I try to throw it in at every chance I get! It really adds to the product, in my opinion. Speaking of soy, I have noticed DIYers using Braggs Amino Acid (soy sauce substitute) in hair and face products...

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Happy Tabletop Day!

Happy International Tabletop Day! Wherever you are, I hope you’re playing a board or card game today! As you may or may not know, we are big gamers! We run a board and card game night for the youth every month, Raymond runs three Dungeons & Dragons sessions every fortnight for the youth, and we go...

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Fun with soy: Creating a foaming soy cleanser

I admit I’m totally addicted to my favourite foaming facial cleanser. It feels great on my skin, and it lasts forever! (I only need to make 100 ml every four or five months!) I’ve tried it with foaming silk, foaming oat, and foaming rice surfactants, and thought it was time to try it with foaming...

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Weekend Wonderings: Reminder about the soapmaking challenge. Phenoxyethanol and polysorbates!

I hope you’re all enjoying your long weekend – if you get one – spending time with family and friends! I’m spending the day with my bestie playing with this stuff called Inkodye, which silk screens fabric using the sun! I’ll post results when we’re finished. We had great fun making gummies (video) and lollipops...

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