Surfactants: Cleansing descriptions and increasing mildness – introduction

In this post, The new e-zine, Surfactants: Making Foaming Facial Cleansers, Marta asked: Would you explain the different cleansing descriptions in relative terms the next time you’re discussing surfactants? Is gentle less irritating than mild or the other way around? In “Surfactants: A Reference Guide,” sodium cocoyl isethionate has mild to gentle cleansing while Miracare Soft...

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Formula: Making a few Vick’s like products with essential oils for cold & flu season

After sharing the post yesterday – Formula: Essential oil blend that might be like Saje’s Peppermint Halo Headache Remedy – Raymond remarked that we needed more of that Vick’s like jelly as one of us is bound to be sick sooner rather than later. Then I realized I hadn’t shared this with you, so it’s time...

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Formula: Essential oil blend that might be like Saje’s Peppermint Halo Headache Remedy

I was leafing through my lab notebook today, and I came across these essential oil blends I made up some time in 2016 to smell a bit like the Peppermint Halo Headache Remedy by Saje. It seems like I need to use this one a lot lately… Their product, which is $29 for 10 ml!, contains peppermint...

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Q&A: Do oils have a pH? Can we test the pH of an anhydrous product? If so, what’s the procedure? And a little on pH meters… 

In the October Q&A, Michelle asked: I am wondering if one can test the pH of an anhydrous product? I am making a lovely anhydrous deodorant and would like to proceed with some testing/data gathering. Which meter would be most useful? I have the Jenco Vision Plus but products need to be diluted in water for...

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Q&A: How to store shampoo or conditioner bars after use? Making a thicker conditioner with Varisoft EQ 65?  

In the October Q&A, Sima asked: Hey everyone, just a question on Shampoo and Conditioning Bars. Was wondering what you do after you have used a your shampoo or conditioning bar on your hair? What do you place in on, do you wipe it dry, do you air dry on a soap dish, how do you...

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You made candles! A few things to consider…

Now that you’ve made candles, there are a few things to think about as you play with them! As a quick note, I’m referencing Voyageur Soap & Candle and other companies throughout this post. This isn’t sponsored or an ad or anything else. These are stores from which I’ve purchased candle making things.  What kind...

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Let’s make some soy candles!

I can’t believe I haven’t written very much about candle making! I’m not an expert on the topic by any means, but I’ve made more than my fair share of votives, tea lights, and wax tarts over the last 12 years, so I thought I’d share some of my formulas and ideas! Let’s take a...

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