My visit to Lotioncrafter

Hi everyone! Sorry for the ongoing silence, but I had the most epic weekend on Orcas Island with Jen from Lotioncrafter, and I simply haven’t had time to update the blog until today. Don’t worry, I’ve been seeing your messages and comments, and will get to them in the order in which they’re received this...

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Sorry for the silence…

Sorry for the silence over the last few days, but I was bested by a tiny baby whom I carried all over town the other day. My hip is killing me to the point of being bed- or couch-bound, and I can’t sit up long enough to type.I’m typing this from my iPhone, and although...

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Beautiful soaps and the fleeting nature of beauty

 I couldn’t resist posting the picture of my new soap from Raven Song Soaps! Valerie is a master craftswoman at soap, and this Full Moon Soap was scooped up by my husband! You can some of her other amazing soaps behind the Full Moon soap. They look like mountains and oceans and they are spectacular!...

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The importance of preserving

“It’s only for me, so I didn’t use preservatives.” I see this all the time, and I wonder why you wouldn’t want to create the best product possible for yourself? Aren’t you worth it? The best way to keep your products safe and healthy is to use a good broad spectrum preservative at the correct...

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Weekend Wonderings: Definitions for products?

In this post, Why did I buy this and what can I do with it? Foaming bath butter, N. Bax asks: Please, will you go through what the textual and other differences are for the following body moisturizers :Milk-up to 90% water, super thin lotionLotion-up to 70% water, Crème-up to 10% water, very thick “lotion” w/1...

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My column in Handmade Magazine.

If you’re interested in reading my column in Handmade Magazine, but don’t have a subscription, take a look at this article I wrote for the February 2016 magazine – The Science Behind Citrus – or this article I wrote – How Do Emulsifiers Work? Those of us who live outside America can’t get this magazine...

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My column in Handmade Magazine!

I just received my March edition of Handmade with my column on preservatives! I’m writing a monthly column for this gorgeous magazine! What will I write about next? To learn more, visit https://www.handmademagazine.com/...

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Weekend Wonderings: Can I water down too thick bubble bath? How do I melt SCI?

In this post on bubble bath, Frankie asks: Hi Susan! I was very excited to try this recipe to make my own bubble bath so I whipped some up last night. It was so simple and it smells great… but it’s so thick that it took about 30 minutes to bottle it! And I didn’t...

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Weekend Wonderings: My classes at Voyageur! Heating and holding! Hanging out in my workshop!

Happy Saturday, everyone! I wanted to let those who were interested know about my upcoming classes at Voyageur Soap & Candle in Surrey, B.C.! I’m offering the lotion making class on Saturday, May 14th, the facial products class on Saturday, May 21st, and our new advanced lotion making class on June 4th. (For each of...

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Weekday Wonderings: European suppliers’ list! Gel eye liners! The soaping effect and cyclomethicone?

Kin created this great list of European Suppliers! Hope it’s useful to you, my lovely readers. Download it or visit it again in the FAQ suppliers’ section. Thanks, Kim! This hasn’t been updated yet. Sorry… And check out Simone’s experiments with turning a liquid gel eye liner sealant into a liquid gel eye liner! I...

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