Weekend Wonderings: Can unsaponified butters clog up pipes?

In this post on bath melts, PsaltyDawg asks: I have been hesitant to make/sell any bath bomb truffle type products because I am concerned about what happens to so much unsaponified hard butters when they get into the drain. They will harden up and coat the pipes eventually causing blockages or slowdowns. Do you have...

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How many emulsifiers do I have?

I always take the first week of February off because I’m either sick or everyone around me is sick, and to get done what I couldn’t get done over the Christmas break. (I’m not saying anything about my cold/flu status because I could jinx it, but so far, so good!) I did an inventory and...

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A moisturizing body wash for all skin types, especially dry

If you’ve been around this blog any length of time, you’ll know how much I love body washes. I design them to be cleansing but moisturizing as I usually don’t have much time in the shower to do an emulsified scrub thing or time after a shower to do a whole lotion thing. I try...

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Making a clarifying shampoo for oily hair

A very long time ago – okay, it was December 6, 2015, but that’s practically a lifetime on the ‘net – I ended a series on designing your shampoo as part of a line of hair care products. To continue that series for this post, I wanted to share with you my new clarifying shampoo...

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Weekend Wonderings: Cetearyl alcohol is not an emulsifier, and using oils on dry skin

It’s recently come up that NDA is calling a version of cetearyl alcohol “emulsifying wax O”, with the disclaimer that it’s not an all in one emulsifier and would require another ingredient to make it work.  If you look at this document, you’ll see that cetearyl alcohol is an emollient ingredient on par with an...

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Want to take a workshop with me? I’m teaching some soon!

If you’re interested in taking a workshop with me, I’m offering them again at Voyageur Soap & Candle in February and March. I’m offering four classes: Anhydrous products, hair care, facial products, and lotion making. They’re all day classes, and you’ll leave each group with a bunch of products, as well as a copy of...

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Weekend Wonderings: Separated shampoo? Heating and holding surfactant based products?

It’s been an action packed week at our house with both a music recital and boxing match yesterday, and loads of work to be done at my day job! Please forgive my lack of posts, my lovely readers, as it’s a reflection on my inability to manage my time and not a reflection on how...

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Weekend Wonderings: Modifying bath bombs

In this post on bath bombs, Emily ask: Can you use bio oil instead of vegetable or soy bean oil? Are you referring to this product, Bio-Oil? Yes, you could use any type of oil soluble ingredient or oil in a bath bomb. But I’m wondering why use this ingredient? It’s really really expensive, and...

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Weekend Wonderings: Thickening a shampoo of castille soap and soap nuts with Crothix?

In this post on Crothix, Hemperical Herbs asks: Using Crothix for the first time and I’m having no luck. My shampoo is still thin as water with a foam that sits on top. I have 2 cups of shampoo and used 5 ml of Crothix so far. The base contains a water decoction of amla, shikakai...

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Happy new year!

I wanted to thank you, my lovely readers, for asking questions, challenging me, and generally being awesome over the last year. As you may know, I’ve been facing some health challenges with loads of back pain of unknown origin. Thank you for continuing to follow the blog when I haven’t been able to post as...

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