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....

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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...

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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,...

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

Stearic acid is a great bar hardener, and I like to use as both a bar hardener and emollient in my body and foot scrub bars. Let’s take a look at the body scrub bar today and the foot scrub bar on Monday. What do I want in a body scrub bar? I want something that...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Comment moderation is on for posts older than 14 days….

Update: I have moved to asking everyone to log in with a Google name or Open ID for the time being. As well, any comments on posts older than 14 days will be moderated as that’s how the spammer was working. I will allow anything that isn’t spam or something mean!  The spammer, Aiken Barlow...

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Change to commenting abilities – temporary, I hope

Thanks to the spammer who has been running around my blog posting his/her BS all night for the last week, I’m restricting commenting to only those who log in for at least a week or so. I’m sorry to those of you without Google log ins, but I am spending an hour at least wading...

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