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...

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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...

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Weekend Wonderings: A bunch of stuff to share with you

Thank you so much for all your kind words and good wishes for my family this week. I have the loveliest readers, and your good thoughts and prayers for us have really helped me so much in what I think may be the worst month of my life. My mom is out of the hospital,...

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Sorry for the silence…

I’m sorry I haven’t been responding to your posts and messages. My mom went into hospital earlier this week, and I’ve been spending all my time there as she was stuck in the ER in a chair, and only received a bed yesterday around dinner time. Now that she’s in a less crowded and more...

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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...

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Subscriber exclusive: Duplicating Tata Harper’s Concentrated Brightening Serum: Part 3

Duplicating Tata Harper’s Concentrated Brightening Serum: Evaluating the base recipe $1+ patrons Aug 10, 2016 at 12:31pm The other day we took a look at the ingredient list, then we created a prototype recipe , so all that’s left to do is look at how the first try worked out! TATA HARPER BRIGHTENING SERUM DUPLICATION...

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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...

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Subscriber exclusive: Reviewing the first attempt at Noxzema Classic Clean

Reviewing the first attempt at Noxzema Classic Clean $1+ patrons Aug 9, 2016 at 11:32am In step five of our duplicating products posts, I came up with a prototype recipe for Noxzema Classic Clean. It was a failure. I hate this recipe. I couldn’t even give this away as people would not accept it as...

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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...

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Subscriber exclusive: Duplicating Tata Harper’s Concentrated Brightening Serum (part two)

Duplicating Tata Harper’s Concentrated Brightening Serum (part two) $1+ patrons Aug 8, 2016 at 10:19am Yesterday we took a look at the ingredient list for this serum. Today we’ll take a look at how much of each ingredient we might use and substitutions for things we don’t have. (I recommend you have yesterday’s post available to you...

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