My thoughts on comments…

Update: After some serious thought, I’ve decided to answer questions and comments as best I can. Please click here to see some things you can do to make it more likely I’ll be able to answer what you ask!  As a note, as much as I love seeing your comments, I’m assessing whether or not...

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Newbie Tuesday on Thursday: We’re making facial products

I asked and you responded – let’s do a Newbie Tuesday series on facial products! Here are the products I’d like to make! – Facial cleanser– Micellar water– Creamy cleanser (like a lotion)– Moisturizer– Toner– Gels of all kinds – toner, serum, eye gel– Serum, including spot treatments We’ll work to create a base. Once...

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Weekday Wonderings: Using solubilizers to produce fragrance or room sprays

Sorry for the silence. It’s been a difficult week as my mom’s health isn’t great at the moment, and it’s kept me away from the computer. Thanks for your patience! In this post, Caprol Micro Express, Sandra asks: I made a spray by using CMB but I found the spray was turned cloudy when the room...

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Newbie Tuesday: Facial products?

I was thinking about resuming Newbie Tuesday in the near future to make facial products, like a moisturizer, toner, or cleanser. I thought we could develop a base recipe, then add some cool extras to it, like cosmeceuticals, extracts, botanicals, and more. What would you think of this idea? Or would you prefer to work on...

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Why do conditioning agents smell fishy? (updated)

Have you ever caught a whiff of a positively charged conditioner like Incroquat BTMS-50 or honeyquat and wondered why it smelled fishy? There’s nothing wrong with the product: You’re smelling the ammonium salt in the cationic quaternary compound! (That N in the molecule above…) Some people can smell it, some can’t. It’s hard to know...

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Weekend Wonderings: Can I use magnesium oil in my lotions?

In this post, Pumpkin seed: Making a light lotion, Anamaria asked, I would like to know if I could ever make this same lotion adding magnesium chloride oil? Would it survive to the heat? Thanks Magnesium oil isn’t an oil. It’s a solution of water and magnesium flakes, so it’s a water soluble ingredient, not an...

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Weekend Wonderings: What do I do when a friend is selling my recipes?

Follow @SwiftCraftyM I thought I’d share as a quick note that I’m finally on Twitter. You can find me there as @SwiftCraftyM and subscribe or like or whatever one does to follow someone. (Funnily enough, I couldn’t get my whole real name or my silly nickname in there as there were too many characters!) In...

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Links to my e-books

Someone asked if I could post a link to all my e-books. (The permanent link is in the right hand side column of the blog.) As you know, all the proceeds from these e-books go to our youth programs, collectively called Rated T for Teen. The pictures you see here are from our recent groups....

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Summer’s almost here – don’t make your own sunscreen, please

The strawberries are out and the raspberries are ready early. It’s almost summer, and I thought I’d offer you a few thoughts about summer products! Please please please please please don’t make your own sunscreen. I say this every year, and I’ll continue to say it this year. You simply can’t be sure that what...

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Weekday Wonderings: How do you combine preservatives?

I wanted to thank all of you so much for subscribing to the blog through Patreon! If you sign up between now and June 30th, your subscription starts on July 1st. But I’ll be doing the live Q&A and the duplicated recipe this month as my thank you for signing up early and believing in...

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