It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas: Whipped butters

Is it? It’s not even Hallowe’en yet! But for us crafty types, we need to start planning early! If you’re a soaper, your busy season started in August to allow for cure times. For the rest of us, if we’re ordering ingredients on-line, we should be awaiting our packages as I write. If you don’t … Read moreIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas: Whipped butters

Pumpkin spice latte lotion with Penstia powder

We’ve had some fun with coffee butter over the last month. We made a whipped vanilla latte coffee butter for National Coffee Day in September, and made a pumpkin spice latte with Aristoflex AVC last Thursday. I thought I’d alter Thursday’s formula to include one of my new favourite ingredients, Penstia powder (INCI Name: Adipic … Read morePumpkin spice latte lotion with Penstia powder

Experiments in the workshop: “Magnesium oil” gel with Siligel

A few weeks ago, we met this new gelling ingredient, Siligel  I’ve made a gel with it and magnesium chloride, often called “magnesium oil” as it can handle up to 20% salts. As I can’t type, please see my handwritten notes below. Anything underlined in red is an ingredient you can find out more about … Read moreExperiments in the workshop: “Magnesium oil” gel with Siligel

Weekend Wonderings: How much preservative to use in an emulsified scrub?

In this post, Using black cocoa butter in emulsified scrubs, Vintage Blue asked: If I’m reading this right the preservative goes into the mix before I add the sugar. So I only calculate the preservative based on the weight of the oil mix not the oil and sugar? Wouldn’t i be short on preservative if … Read moreWeekend Wonderings: How much preservative to use in an emulsified scrub?

Why did I buy that again? Siligel

This is a neat new gelling agent that’s considered green, eco-friendly, and natural. Siligel (INCI: Xanthan Gum (and) Lecithin (and) Sclerotium Gum (and) Pullulan) can create gels, be used as a stabilizer in emulsions, suspend things like exfoliants in gels, and enhance skin feel. (They say it may be a substitute for silicones.) It comes … Read moreWhy did I buy that again? Siligel