My second e-zine is available to Patreon subscribers today; my first e-zine is available to my blog readers today

If you subscribe as a Patreon of my blog at $10 for the month, you receive access to the Patreon feed, which includes information and recipes on duplicating products, as well as the monthly e-zine. I have to note that your subscription doesn’t start until the day the money comes from your account, which is … Read moreMy second e-zine is available to Patreon subscribers today; my first e-zine is available to my blog readers today

Announcing the fall line-up of classes at Voyageur Soap & Candle!

It’s that time of year again, and I’m pleased to link you to the Voyageur Soap & Candle website for the dates I’ll be teaching my five usual classes – Lotionmaking 101, Advanced Lotion Making, Facial Products, Back to Basics, and Hair Care – along with two half day classes – bath time fun and … Read moreAnnouncing the fall line-up of classes at Voyageur Soap & Candle!

Newbie Tuesday on Sunday: Equipment list

If you’re following along with our upcoming Newbie Tuesday series for making facial products, here’s your equipment list. (If you take $20 and go down to the dollar store, you’ll get just about everything you need there!) Digital scale: You’ll want something that can weigh 1 gram (meaning there’s no decimal on the scale). You … Read moreNewbie Tuesday on Sunday: Equipment list

Weekday Wonderings: How much oil will Lotionpro 165 emulsify?

In this post, Emulsifiers: Lotionpro 165 in a lotion, Alana asks: Can LotionPro emulsify 38% shea butter and 3% stearic acid along with 3% menthol crystals? What is the max capacity of this emulsifier to emulsify oils? As Lotionpro 165 (aka Simulsol 165) is an oil-in-water emulsifier, we know the oil phase has to be … Read moreWeekday Wonderings: How much oil will Lotionpro 165 emulsify?

Newbie Tuesday: Facial products series – A shopping list

Sorry for the delay in posting the ingredients you’ll want to get for the first few projects for our Newbie Tuesday facial products series. The plan is to make these products… Facial cleanserFoaming facial cleanserExfoliating facial cleanserMicellar waterTonerAnd three gels – a gelled toner, serum, and an eye gel We’ll be starting the making part … Read moreNewbie Tuesday: Facial products series – A shopping list

Weekend Wonderings: Not heating and holding with cold emulsifiers?

In this post on Emulthix: A light to medium weight lotion with botanicals, Emily asks:  I love the sounds of cold emulsions and have always wanted to try one, but I have been worried that there would be beasties in my oil if I didn’t heat and hold it – I’m guessing that this is overridden … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Not heating and holding with cold emulsifiers?

Weekend Wonderings: Compare and contrast Emulthix and Aristoflex AVC?

In this post, Emulsifiers: Emulthix, Srjnm asks: How would you compare Emulthix and Aristoflex? I know you have worked with both these cold emulsifiers. When would you use one over the other or what are the pros/cons of each? Which one do you like best? Thank you for sharing your experience with these ingredients. I’ve been … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Compare and contrast Emulthix and Aristoflex AVC?

Emulsifiers: Emulthix – a light to medium weight lotion with all kinds of botanical ingredients

Last week, we took a look at Emulthix, a cold process emulsifier. We made a nice, basic lotion with pumpkin seed oil, water, preservative, and emulsifier, then we made it a bit more complicated by adding humectants, proteins, extracts, and more! You know me, though, there’s no way I can stop there! Let’s make a … Read moreEmulsifiers: Emulthix – a light to medium weight lotion with all kinds of botanical ingredients