Q&A: Can we use Varisoft EQ 65 in a shampoo bar for fine hair? 

In the November Q&A, Sarah asked, Have you ever used Varisoft EQ 65 in a shampoo bar or conditioner bar? Is there any reason why it could not be used this way? Is there a pH concern for this ingredient? For a shampoo bar for fine hair (that I do not want to over-condition), could I replace...

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Let’s talk pets with Melinda! Formulating a paw balm

One of the only workshops I attended at the 2017 conference in Las Vegas last year was one by Melinda Wolff-Foster about making products for our pets. I’m so excited she said yes when I asked her to be a guest blogger. In fact, she’s the first guest blogger I’ve invited to share her thoughts...

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From my classes: Handmade Christmas – bath salts

As I’ve been sharing formulas from my classes on the blog this month, I thought it’d be fun to share some last minute gift ideas here, like these super simple and elegant bath salts we made in my Handmade Christmas class at Voyageur Soap & Candle last week and this. Okay, I have to stop...

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Experiments in the workshop: Adding Vita Burst Beads to our products – facial cleansers

We’ve spent the week having some fun with this gelled toner I taught at the first ever spa products class day at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary, Alberta, back in November. On Monday, I shared with you a gelled toner we made for normal to oily skin types. On Tuesday, we took a look at...

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A few notes on this series about making gelled toners from my classes…

I hope you’re enjoying the series I’ve been sharing about making gelled toners. I thought I had scheduled posts for Thursday and Friday, but I guess I hit “save draft” instead of “publish”. I’ve shared those with you today… From my classes: Gelled toner becomes sheet mask (Thursday) All the ingredients! Vita Burst Beads (Friday) Experiments...

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Experiments in the workshop: Adding Vita Burst Beads to our products – gels

We’ve spent the week having some fun with this gelled toner I taught at the first ever spa products class day at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary, Alberta, back in November. On Monday, I shared with you a gelled toner we made for normal to oily skin types. On Tuesday, we took a look at...

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All the ingredients! Vita Burst Beads

We’ve spent the week having some fun with this gelled toner I taught at the first ever spa products class day at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary, Alberta, back in November. On Monday, I shared with you a gelled toner we made for normal to oily skin types. On Tuesday, we took a look at...

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From my classes: Gelled toner becomes sheet mask!

On Monday, I shared with you a gelled toner we made for normal to oily skin types during our first ever spa day class at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary, Alberta, back in November. On Tuesday, we took a look at modifying the formula for oily and acne prone skin. Yesterday, we modified it...

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Some questions you had about Olivem 1000 lotions…

I’m trying to make more time to read and respond to your comments, but I find I normally get a few minutes in when someone asks a really interesting question, and it becomes a five part series instead of a three minute response! Here are some great questions I saw in the comments this morning…...

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From my classes: Gelled toner for normal to dry skin

On Monday, I shared with you a gelled toner we made for normal to oily skin types during our first ever spa day class at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary, Alberta, back in November. Yesterday, we took a look at modifying the formula for oily and acne prone skin. Today, let’s modify it for...

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