Do you need to measure the pH of your products? If so, do you need a meter, or can the strips work just as well?

We took a look at various pH meters yesterday, so let’s ask the most important question of all today – Do you need a pH meter? And what’s the advantage of using a pH meter over pH strips? The first question should be – Do you need to measure the pH of your products? If you’re making … Read moreDo you need to measure the pH of your products? If so, do you need a meter, or can the strips work just as well?

Testing pH meters – let’s compare a few!

I’ve been talking a lot about testing the pH of our products as it’s so important when we start using different surfactants, conditioners, and active ingredients. I purchased three pH meters from Amazon. I chose them according to the reviews I saw left on the site. My goal is to calibrate each of them and … Read moreTesting pH meters – let’s compare a few!

Prepare your body for winter: Baobab & babassu body butter with Simulgreen 18-2 (part two)

The other day, we spent some time getting to know each of the ingredients I like for this lotion, so let’s make the darned thing already! As an aside, thanks for commenting on the previous post!  BAOBAB & BABASSU BODY BUTTER WITH SIMULGREEN 18-2HEATED WATER PHASE36% distilled water10% aloe vera extract or liquid10% chamomile hydrosol3% … Read morePrepare your body for winter: Baobab & babassu body butter with Simulgreen 18-2 (part two)

Prepare your body for winter: Baobab & babassu body butter with Simulgreen 18-2 (part one)

Yeah, as a former English major, I love a good alliteration, but these are some of my favourite ingredients with one of my favourite new emulsifiers, Simulgreen 18-2. I made a huge batch last year for our itchy winter skin, and I’ve made so many versions of it since then as I love it so much. … Read morePrepare your body for winter: Baobab & babassu body butter with Simulgreen 18-2 (part one)

Christmas present ideas for the crafters in your world – stuff for your workshop

Everyone I know tells me it’s hard to shop for me as I make everything I want, so I thought I’d share a list of things you could buy for the bath & body crafter in your world. I wrote about this topic a few years ago, and thought I’d update it for 2017. Please … Read moreChristmas present ideas for the crafters in your world – stuff for your workshop

I have removed all the charts from this blog – updated on November 12, 2017

I have removed all the charts I created for oils, butters, preservatives, and more as well as all the free PDF tutorials and handouts as I’m tired of seeing people using my work without linking here or giving me credit. These charts are the result of a lot of reading and researching. The three newest … Read moreI have removed all the charts from this blog – updated on November 12, 2017

Question from Patreon: Is there a limit to how much carbomer can be used in a lotion?

In the November Q&A on Patreon, Sawyer asked: Are there limits to how much carbomer can be used in a oil in water face cream? It seems to be a common ingredient in face lotions, and I love the idea of a cushiony lotion, but when I try to emulsify my gelled water phase with … Read moreQuestion from Patreon: Is there a limit to how much carbomer can be used in a lotion?