How can we adapt our formulas to be more natural? An introduction to define some terms

In part one of our duplication of the Josie Maran Whipped Body Butter on Patreon, Lindy asked: What an interesting project! I was extra excited to see a green duplication as I try to stay within the bounds of Ecocert ingredients, and I thought Josie Maran did as well. Then I saw the a few...

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Subscribers exclusive: Potential duplication of Josie Maran Whipped Body Butter – part three

  Next up, the water soluble ingredients. We have water, aloe vera, glycerin, Sepinov EMT 10 and xanthan gum, decyl glucoside, comfrey leaf extract, green tea extract, white tea extract, allantoin, panthenol, and sunflower seed extract.If you’d like to read more about these ingredients, please visit part one of this duplication series.   I like...

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Subscriber exclusive: Potential duplication of Josie Maran Whipped Body Butter – part two

  Yesterday, we took a look at the ingredient list for a potential duplication of Josie Maran Whipped Body Butter. Let’s take a look at creating the emulsifier for this product today.We need to figure out how much of each ingredient to use in the product based on what we know about each ingredient and...

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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...

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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...

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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 18-2 HEATED WATER PHASE 36% distilled water 10% aloe vera extract or...

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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....

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Huge news that will affect the blog!

This is a big announcement but…this is my job now. I know, right? Terrifying, but necessary. As much as I loved my job as a family counsellor, I was done. The events over the last eighteen months –  (in chronological order, not by importance) being bumped from my job into a part time position, losing...

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Present ideas for crafters – mixers!

Yesterday, we made some suggestions for gifts you could give to your favourite crafter. I can’t believe I forgot all about mixers! Click here for another post on ideas for presents!  When it comes to hand mixers, I like to have one that has loads of attachments. When I’m teaching at Voyageur Soap & Candle, we...

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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...

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