Q&A: Can we re-use plastic containers? Can we re-use tins?

In the August Q&A, Stephanie asked, This might be the stupidest question ever, but can I re-use PET containers or metal tins? I’m brand new at this and right now I’m just creating for myself. So when I run out of something, rather than throw the container away and buy a new one, I’d much…...

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Potential duplication for Coochy Shave Cream (part one)

Shaving cream bottke

Over the last few years, I’ve been experimenting quite a bit with adding rheology modifiers to our products, rather than using oil thickeners, like fatty alcohols, fatty acids, or butters. I haven’t shared much with you yet as I don’t like to make things today, then share them tomorrow, as I need to monitor the…...

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It’s on! Classes at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary!

I am so excited to announce that’ll be teaching at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary, Alberta, in September! From their site: We’ve updated our Class schedule to include Swiftcraftymonkey’s classes in September. She will be teaching: Sept 14: Liquid Hair Care (morning) & Foamy, Bubbly, Lathery Surfactants (afternoon) Sept 15: Cold Emulsifiers (afternoon) Sept … Read more

An aside on rheology modifiers: Wetting, dispersing, and hydrating

As you saw in this post recently – magnetic stirrer with hot plate – we heated our water phase that included hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) on the magnetic stirrer with hot plate as it needs both agitation and heat to fully hydrate this starch. Why did we need to do that? It’s the idea that thickening ingredients…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Moisture Renewal Body Wash using Kelcogel® CG-LA – working with this formula

First, we met my new favourite gum, gellan gum, then we took a look at the Moisture Renew Body Wash formula from the manufacturer along with some ideas on which preservatives will work for it. Today, let’s make this formula and take a look at how to mix it along with testing and adjusting the…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Moisture Renewal Body Wash using Kelcogel® CG-LA

The other day, we met my new favourite gum, Kelcogel® GG-LA, low acyl gellan gum, so let’s get formulating with it today! The first formula I tried was a variation on their Moisture Renewal Body Wash, which uses a combination of gellan gum and xanthan gum as a thickener and suspender. As a quick aside,…...

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Equipment review: Magnetic stirrer with hot plate

Before we start, I just wanted to remind you that any links to any shops of any sort, including Amazon, are presented not as affiliate links but to show where I purchased various things. I don’t benefit in any way if you purchase anything from any retailer anywhere on the blog.  As I shared with…...

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Equipment review: Magnetic stirrers and stir bars, plus thoughts on my Intllab version

I’m really enjoying having a magnetic stirrer doing all the mixing work for me so I can make other things, so let’s take a look at this new addition to my workshop! Please note, none of these are affiliate links or links from which I’ll benefit. I’m sharing where I found the things I bought,…...

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#alltheingredients: Gellan gum (Kelcogel® CG-LA) – rheology modifier, gelling ingredient

A massive thank you to Shannon of IMCD for introducing me to and sending me this ingredient! I didn’t think I could love working with gums, but she made me a believer! 🙂 We’ll be making two products over the few weeks with this – a lovely fluffy Moisture Renewal Body Wash and those gorgeous, Blooming Jelly…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Blooming Jelly Cleanser!

What’s happening in the workshop this week? We’re cooking up a little something called a Blooming Jelly Cleanser, a foamy, lathery, bubbly, transparent cleanser we can pour into any adorable moulds. (We met these a few months ago, but I’ve only had a chance to try it this week.) This isn’t the wobbly, jiggly jelly…...

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