Series from a question from Patreon: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part one – definitions

In the October Q&A on Patreon, Michelle asked: I am loving the latest e-zines with all the lovely cosmeceuticals. I am wondering what exactly is considered an ‘active’ ingredient, and if there is a maximum percentage recommended for total active ingredients in a formulation. I have been experimenting with many of the cosmeceuticals in an eye gel … Read moreSeries from a question from Patreon: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part one – definitions

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