Q&A: Can you help me create a stable version of this leave in conditioner? 

In the November Q&A, Melanie asked: I have made your Swift’s Favourite Winter Time Leave in Conditioner with Incroquat CR with some modifications depending on what I have available, and I increase the BTMS because my hair is processed. I love the end product, but I find it pretty much always separates. The formula I use…...

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Q&A: Heating, holding, and evaporating the heated water phase?

In the December Q&A, Michele asked: When you are heating your distilled water do you boil it on the stove and heat and hold for 20-25 minutes? Is that necessary or only necessary when making some formulations? I find when I do this, the water evaporates. I’m concerned that my percentages are no longer accurate because…...

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Q&A: Let’s define some acronyms!

In the December Q&A, Marta suggested, The glossary under Resources is a wonderful thing. Would you consider creating a list of the acronyms that you’ve used in your writing (e.g. AHA, DLS, CMC, GLA, HEC, INCI, MSM, NF, NMF, PF, SC, TEWL, TJ, ARGH)? You always define the acronym when it is first introduced. But,…...

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Q&A: Why are there surfactants in Oz Naturals Ocean Mineral Tonic?

In the November Q&A, cwood85 asked, A friend of mine showed me some products that her friend recommended and she really liked a misting toner. (Oz Naturals Ocean Mineral Tonic) She was telling me how it made her skin feel, soft and smooth. I looked up the product and the ingredients and was a bit…...

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Discussion: How do you decide what to make? What about mulitifunctional products? How do you store and inventory your stuff? 

In the December Q&A, Donna commented!  So many things to make! I just can’t decide. Sometimes I think I try to put too much into one face cream to simplify my routine. I call it the all purpose cream – good for moles, colds, sore a@#holes, fits, freckles and farts. When it comes to multifunctional products,…...

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Non-subscribers and $1, $3, and $5 subscribers! Check out the new e-zine – My favourite class formulas: Hair care products

PLEASE NOTE: If you’re a $10 subscriber and want to download the coupon for the e-zine, please visit this post to obtain your coupon code.  I love making pretty much everything, but I really love making and teaching hair care products. I remember the joy of making something awesome that made my oily hair finally … Read more

$10 subscribers! The new e-zine is here! My favourite class formulas: Hair care products

I love making pretty much everything, but I really love making and teaching hair care products. I remember the joy of making something awesome that made my oily hair finally feel clean, and I love sharing that with my students and readers of the blog! This e-zine includes formulas for a customizable shampoo bar, two…...

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Q&A and Discussion: How do you figure out the volume of your products?

There is a fabulous discussion going on in the November Q&A about how to figure out the volume of our products. I’m sharing the discussion here with some thoughts, and I hope you share some of your own! (I wrote about this a number of years ago, but I’d love to hear more about what…...

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Duplication: Potential acne cleanser similar to Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser?

In the November Q&A post, Amy asked: So my 20 something year old daughter approached me and asked if I could try my hand at duplicating her acne face wash, she’s tired of paying $15/bottle. It’s Mario Badescu acne facial cleanser. Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Dimethicone,…...

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Member-to-member super happy wonderful sharing & caring post (New Year’s Edition!)

Here’s the late December/early January member-to-member sharing and caring post an open post for you to share your thoughts, ask questions, share formulas, and generally connect with other people on this blog. One of the reasons I went with Disqus was to allow posts with pictures or videos or links of all sorts so we could share…...

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