Happy National Coffee Day! Celebrate with a whipped vanilla latte coffee butter!

Let’s get formulating with coffee butter! We met this interesting ingredient yesterday, and I think we can make some luxurious whipped butters good enough to drink! Amanda and I wanted to make something that would allow the less greasy, moisturizing feeling of the coffee butter to shine. Here’s what we formulated! WHIPPED VANILLA LATTE COFFEE … Read moreHappy National Coffee Day! Celebrate with a whipped vanilla latte coffee butter!

Check out my classes at Voyageur Soap & Candle in October!

I can’t believe I haven’t posted about the classes at I’m teaching at Voyageur Soap & Candle in Surrey, B.C., starting on Monday! We’ll have more classes scheduled soon! Watch this space!  Monday, October 2nd: Full day class of lotion making (with e-book) Saturday, October 7th, morning: Solid bubble bath (like these adorable ice cream scoops) … Read moreCheck out my classes at Voyageur Soap & Candle in October!

Happy National Coffee Day! Celebrate with coffee butter!

I admit it: I don’t like coffee. My parents were very British, and we were a family of tea drinkers, so I didn’t get much exposure to coffee until my first day of university when I was surrounded by at least 300 people all sipping their morning brew, the smell of which was completely overwhelming. … Read moreHappy National Coffee Day! Celebrate with coffee butter!

I’m teaching at Windy Point Soap in Calgary this weekend!

I’m so excited to be returning to Windy Point Soap in Calgary, Alberta, on September 23rd and 24th to teach four half day classes! Solid shampoo and conditioner bars – Saturday morning Liquid shampoo and conditioners – Saturday afternoon Facial products – Sunday morning.This is an all new class with all new formulas exclusive to … Read moreI’m teaching at Windy Point Soap in Calgary this weekend!

A few thoughts for the day on Honeyquat, alcohol, and solubilizers

For a while there, it seemed like honeyquat smelled like dead plastic fish and I couldn’t use it in anything, even things that had loads of fragrance in it. I’m happy to report that the version I have from Lotioncrafter smells like…well, nothing, which is a good thing. When it comes to using alcohol in … Read moreA few thoughts for the day on Honeyquat, alcohol, and solubilizers

Weekend Wondering: What is the “dump and heat” method for creating lotions?

In the September Q&A on Patreon, Allison asked: I recently read an article on the blog for Majestic Mountain Sage where they advocate what they refer to as a “dump and heat” method for creating lotions, creams, or conditioners.  I have read quite a bit about creating emulsions and have never seen any instructions that … Read moreWeekend Wondering: What is the “dump and heat” method for creating lotions?

Weekend Wonderings: Does “safe for colour treated hair” mean anything?

In September’s Q&A on Patreon, Doris asked: Does “safe for color-treated hair” on shampoos have any real meaning?  Are there any common surfactants or other ingredients we might use that would not be safe for color-treated hair?  I assume by “safe” they mean the ingredients are less likely to fade or change the color (or … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: Does “safe for colour treated hair” mean anything?