Weekday Wondering: How to make a lotion bar less greasy?

In this post, It’s that time of the year again: Lotion bars, Tonya asks: I am experimenting with lotion bars and have a question about tapioca but greasiness- I guess would be the the actual question.My most recent mix of ingredients includes these variations. My question is how do I get the tapioca starch to...

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Sorry for the silence!

I hope you and yours had a great Christmas or are enjoying a lovely Hannukah! I’m sorry for being so quiet this last few weeks, but, as you probably know, we lost my mom in October and I’m still trying to make it through each day without melting down. I’m an only child with no...

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New e-zine! This isn’t your father’s shaving book: Men’s products (part one), and a new e-zine for my Patreon subscribers

I’ve just put out my men’s e-zine, This isn’t your father’s shaving book (part one), if you’re interested in purchasing it. Click here for the table of contents or click here to buy it! Click here to see all the e-zines I’ve put out this year as well as my e-books! I put these e-zines...

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Newbie Tuesday: Creating a facial toner, part two

Last week we started making toners. This week, we’ll modify them using some of the interesting ingredients we can get from our suppliers. As an aside, there’s nothing wrong with a simple toner of rose water or witch hazel plus preservative. Simple can be just as awesome as super and ridiculously complicated, so don’t stress...

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Subscriber exclusive: Quick note for anyone trying the initial recipe for the Liz Earle duplication

If you like Lotionpro 165 (aka Simulsol 165) , try using it in this recipe for the Liz Earle duplication . It’ll create a lighter feeling lotion like the one I made with Simulgreen 18-2. Use it at 4% in the heated oil phase: You don’t need to make any changes other than that.As a...

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Subscriber exclusive: Duplication for Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (part five)

I made a version of this product the other day with Simulgreen 18-2 , and it was a very light and airy product. I was quite shocked by just how light it felt with all that cocoa butter and cetearyl alcohol, so I thought I’d try a version with Polawax and and another with Incroquat...

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More DIY links suitable for Christmas presents

I’ve written a lot about Christmas presents on the blog, so I’ll refer you to this post where you can find links to making bath bombs, bath salts, whipped butters, and more. I also encourage you to check out this post on some things to consider when looking for a good bath & body recipe...

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Subscriber exclusive: Potential duplication for Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (part four)

I’ll post a few variations on this recipe over the next few days. As I didn’t have the sorbitan stearate and polysorbate 60 – I’ll order some shortly, I promise! – I went with Simulgreen 18-2*, (INCI: Hydroxystearyl Alcohol and Hydroxystearyl Glucoside) an all-in-one emulsifier that I’ve been using a lot lately. I’m really enjoying...

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Subscriber exclusive: Potential duplication for Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (part three)

Let’s take a look at how to create the prototype recipe for Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser using the HLB system .Click here for part one  or click here for part two .  As I mentioned in the previous posts on this topic, this lotion uses polysorbate 60 and sorbitan stearate as...

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It’s that time of year again! DIY presents – lotion bars

Christmas and Hannukah are almost here, and if you’re looking to make some awesome gifts for your loved ones, join me over the next week for loads of ideas. LOTION BARSYou can get the ingredients for these little lovelies at your local health food store if you can’t get to a supplier or get things...

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