Experiments in the workshop: Surfactants, fragrance oils, and clarity

Having great fun trying different fragrances and colours in foamy, bubbly, lathery™️ surfactants today, specifically the Iselux Mild Blend body wash I made a few weeks ago. Will these become clear? The samples are safely stowed away on my sample shelf and I’ll check back in a week! It started off so clear… And stayed…...

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Member-to-member super happy wonderful sharing & caring post (May 2019)

Welcome to the May 2019 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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Discussion: What’s the point of these tiny “skin care fridges”?

I thought it’d be fun to take a look at the trends we’re seeing in bath & body products this year, especially after my adventures at In Cosmetics!  These tiny fridges that generally hold a few pop cans are all the rage right now on Instagram, but what’s the point? “Anyone who follows a lot…...

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Hey April 2019 $10 subscribers: The April 2019 e-zine is here!

It’s here! It’s not easy being green, part two: Silicone substitutes is here! This almost 13,000 word e-zine is all about using silicone substitutes in place of ingredients like cyclomethicone and Dimethicone in your lotions, creams, and hair care products to make them more naturally compliant. We’re taking a look at using ingredients like Naturderm…...

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Q&A: Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie body conditioner lotion? Part three: Prototype formula

So far we’ve reviewed the ingredients list, took a quick aside to talk about self-preserving lotions and hurdle technology; and thought about how much of each ingredient to use. Today, let’s make a prototype formula for this American Pie Body conditioner lotion!   We’re following the basic lotion making instructions for this formula. 1. Weigh…...

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Happy National Sense of Smell Day!

My lovely colleague and future columnist for the blog, the amazing Ginger of Neos Skin Care, brought to my attention that it’s National Sense of Smell Day! (Click to see her Facebook page!) I’m always a huge fan of Yuzu or white chocolate from Voyageur Soap & Candle Company, and blood orange & goji and…...

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Q&A: Where to start duplicating Lush’s American Pie body conditioner lotion? Part two: How of much of each thing should we use?

Welcome back to the series after our little side trip about “self-preserving” lotions. I can assure you, we will be using preservatives in our version of Lush’s American Pie body conditioner lotion! (Click here for part one…) And welcome back after my rant about the INCI ingredient list! (Definitely read that!) Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Almond…...

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Another aside about Lush’s “fresh fruit purées” now that I have an ingredient list with INCI names…

Sorry I had to take a break in the Lush duplications, but I finally received my American Pie solid body conditioner and an American Cream solid body wash, and had to address what I saw on the ingredient list they sent me. Point of Interest: The solid body wash is way too fragranced! I love…...

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