One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – shampoo bar

I love shampoo bars. I think they may be my favourite product I make. Don’t get me wrong! I love my lotions and potions and body washes and everything else, but the thing that changed the way I see my hair and making things was this shampoo bar. I didn’t create this bar from scratch. … Read moreOne ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – shampoo bar

One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – foot scrub bars

With summer sandal season looming on the horizon in the northern hemisphere, a lot of attention is paid to our feet. Check out this recipe for a foot scrub bar containing stearic acid. (Which can be paired nicely with the thicker foot cream with stearic acid we made last week…) A lot of the ingredients … Read moreOne ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – foot scrub bars

Weekend Wondering: What does it mean if a product advertises itself as “oil free”?

In this post, on coco-caprylate caprate, John asks: I see coco-caprylate appearing in a lot of “oil-free” moisturizers. What constitutes an “oil-free” moisturizer? It seems to me a lot of them use oil-derived ingredients anyway.  This is a great question, and the answer really is “I don’t know.” I don’t buy cosmetic products from stores, … Read moreWeekend Wondering: What does it mean if a product advertises itself as “oil free”?

One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – a thicker foot cream

Stearic acid is a natural inclusion in a cream. In fact, you can thicken any basic lotion into a cream by adding some stearic acid. We took a look at a hand lotion yesterday. Let’s take a look at a cream today. Actually, let’s back up a second. What’s the difference between a cream and … Read moreOne ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – a thicker foot cream

One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – a hand lotion

If you’ve never used stearic acid in a lotion before, this is the lotion recipe I recommend as a great starting point. It’s a small variation on the basic lotion you’ll find in the newbie section of the blog, but it’s a great way to learn what stearic acid brings to your product. As I … Read moreOne ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – a hand lotion

One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid

Poor stearic acid. It’s often overlooked for its glidier, silkier cousin cetyl alcohol, but this fatty acid is an inexpensive way to thicken a lotion, anhydrous body butter, lotion bar, and more. Stearic acid is a saturated, long chain fatty acid with 18 carbon molecules, which is to say it is a chain of carbons … Read moreOne ingredient, five products: Stearic acid

Weekday Wonderings: Are there any oil soluble humectants? A reminder about coconut oil in the summer

Happy Victoria Day, everyone! I’m off today, lying on the couch, and trying not to get upset about last night’s Game of Thrones. (And to those of you who might yell “spoilers!” at me. Every episode makes me cry. I have no idea why I keep watching it!!!) Thanks for all your positive thoughts on … Read moreWeekday Wonderings: Are there any oil soluble humectants? A reminder about coconut oil in the summer