The conference is almost here!

We’re leaving tomorrow for the American Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild’s conference in Las Vegas where I’ll be recording some video lessons and leading a workshop on facial moisturizers kindly sponsored by Lotioncrafter. (Woo! Jen is so awesome!) If you want to follow our adventures, please “like” or “follow” my Facebook page Swiftcraftymonkey or check...

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The new e-zine is out for Patreon subscribers…

Hi everyone! Hope you’re enjoying a lovely spring filled with flowers and bird calls no matter where you are in the world. The e-zine I’m offering to $10.00 subscribers to my Patreon page this month is part one of a few on cosmeceuticals in facial products. It won’t be available outside of Patreon, and it’s...

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I’m teaching at Windy Point Soap Making!

I’m so excited to announce I’ve been invited to teach at Windy Point Soap Making’s grand opening of their new store in Calgary, Alberta, over the Victoria Day long weekend (May 20th & 21st)! We should have more news shortly, but keep watching this page and their Facebook page for more information on classes and registration!...

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Subscriber exclusive: Duplicating L’Occitane Cleansing and Softening Shower Oil with Almond Oil

Earlier this year, Angie asked if we could try duplicating this L’Occitane Cleansing and Softening Oil with Almond Oil *. Sure! Let’s try!The first thing I do when looking at duplicating a product is to look at the complete ingredient list: Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Dicaprylyl...

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They aren’t mistakes: They’re salty, gummy, tasty learning opportunities

Every day I see posts and messages from those of you who are scared to try something because you might waste supplies or make an unsuccessful product. To you I say this: Get in the workshop and try making something! You will learn nothing until you have the experience of holding the ingredients in your...

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Newbie Tuesday on Thursday: Making a gelled facial serum with AHAs

Last week we took a look at AHAs. Today, let’s add some of these to our gelled serum with or without oils using Sepimax ZEN. We’re using a combination of fruit acids you can find as Multifruit BSC, fruit acid complex, and other names because we can add quite a bit of it without having to...

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Newbie Tuesday on Wednesday: Making a gelled facial serum with AHAs (part one)

Yesterday we took a look at making a gelled serum with 10% oil with Sepimax ZEN. Today, let’s add some fruit acids to the mix to create something that will act as an AHA or alpha-hydroxy acid, something Sepimax ZEN can handle at up to 4% without problems! As a quick note, it can also...

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Argh! Technology, which I both love and hate! (And isn’t resin casting awesome?)

I’ve just realized my ISP has altered my e-mail settings for my phone and tablet to be IMAP, meaning if I delete something from one thing, it deletes the e-mail from all the things. I usually look at my mail on my phone or tablet, then delete those I won’t be able to answer until...

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Newbie Tuesday: Making a gelled facial serum with oil using Sepimax ZEN

Wow, I just can’t stay on schedule lately, and I apologize for that. I did write a few posts on making lip scrubs – yummy pear coconut scrub, a lovely jojoba & peppermint scrub, and a plumping peppermint & jojoba lip scrub – which go well with this series of making facial products.  In our last...

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Weekend Wonderings: A bunch of comments I missed in March on hair styling products…

It seems like life is so busy lately with all the preparing I’m doing for the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild’s conference in May in Las Vegas where I’m presenting a workshop entitled Facial Moisturizers 101, and with writing my new e-book on using cosmeceuticals in facial products and so many other cool and awesome...

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