Join me on the blog for a Valentine’s Day roller ball massage oil made with essential or fragrance oils or even some sweetened flavour oils. (Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more!) Don’t forget to check out the posts on the new blog as that’s where I’m putting all my writing now! Various & sundry … Read more
I love the love so much, I wanted to share with you this massage oil that’s super easy to make and can be customized to include what’s in your workshop! You could put this in a bottle with a treatment pump or another cap, but I like to make these in roller bottles to make … Read more
I am so bored lying here on the couch on my heating pad as my back pain continues. I went for an epidural on Saturday and have a second scheduled for this upcoming Saturday, but it’s still too painful to stand for more than a few minutes or sit for a while. I have another … Read more
On February 11, we took a look at ways to thicken oils that won’t be greasy. Today, let’s look at a few other ways to thicken oils! A few years ago – holy cow, was that in 2010? – I did some experiments thickening oils with cetyl alcohol, stearic acid, cetearyl alcohol, and complicated with...
I’ve been having a blast playing with all kinds of surfactants and thickeners over the last 18 months, and I’m getting ready to share them with you shortly. In the meantime, check out these new posts on the new blog about surfactants! Using powdered surfactants like SCI or SLSa in liquid products Separation in surfactant … Read more
I mentioned this on Facebook and the old blog in the digest for the week, but I want all my writing to be in one place, so I’m sharing it here, too. When you’re making surfactant based products like shampoo, body wash, facial cleanser, bubble bath, and so on, mix very slowly in a zig … Read more
I’ve also been receiving so many questions about surfactant based products, like shampoo, body wash, facial cleanser, and bubble bath, separating, and I don’t think I know what you mean by that term “separate”. I’ve only once had something that appeared to be separation in a body wash, and that was one that had glycol … Read more
I’ve been receiving quite a number of questions over the last few months about adding solid surfactants like sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI) and sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (SLSa) to liquid products, like bubble baths or body washes. The short answer is that you can’t incorporate these powders well into liquid products as they will either re-solidify … Read more
I’m sorry I haven’t written more this week, but my lower back/hip has been killing me, making it hard to sit up or even balance my laptop on my knees in bed. I had to cancel at class at Voyageur Soap & Candle yesterday as I can’t stand for long periods of time, which was … Read more
In the February Q&A, Sharon asked: Can you give some helpful hints on thickening an oil that is not greasy and would not need an emulsifier? I am look for an anhydrous answer. I have tried shea butter but it is too greasy. Shea butter by its very nature is a greasy ingredient, so anything...