What’s happening with Patreon and memberships?

As you probably know, we’re done with Patreon around here because their defective plug in didn’t work, which meant you couldn’t log in properly to see member only posts. Raymond worked day and night to set up a membership system on the blog, so you can log in here instead, which is awesome! So what … Read moreWhat’s happening with Patreon and memberships?

Discussion: How have you modified your formulas or workspace to accommodate your unique needs?

As you probably know, I’ve been pretty much stuck in bed or on the couch for more than 10 weeks now, and I’m running out of everything from conditioner to facial cleanser to foot cream and there is no way I can bring myself to buying any of those things! So I’ve been thinking of … Read moreDiscussion: How have you modified your formulas or workspace to accommodate your unique needs?

Update on a whole bunch of things!

Sorry I haven’t shared much this week. I have been writing like crazy – answering some members’ Q&A, starting a huge series on the biology of our skin to get into how liposomes work and more on using ceramides, trying to figure out how to organize the series on surfactants and thickeners, writing up my … Read moreUpdate on a whole bunch of things!

Member exclusive: Do you have questions about surfactants and/or thickeners?

I’ve been working on these posts about all the new surfactants and thickeners I have for almost a year, and every time I think I’m ready to share, I end up down a rabbit hole as I follow my curiosity for a few hours as it’s just such an interesting topic. I think I know...

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Conferences and cancellations

As you may have read on the SwiftCraftyMonkey Facebook page, on March 29th I had to cancel my attendance at the 2018 conference in Atlanta due to these ongoing muscle spasms I’m enjoying so much. Because the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild felt that cancelling with five weeks’ notice because I’m in agonizing pain was a “hardship … Read moreConferences and cancellations

Discussion: What’s your signature when formulating?

I swear I shared this with you in another post, but I couldn’t find it, so please indulge me if you’ve heard it before.  A few years ago, a cosmetic chemist contacted me and said he could always identify my formulas as I have a very strong signature, in this case that I use certain … Read moreDiscussion: What’s your signature when formulating?

Member exclusive: How to log into the blog for the month of April 2018

Okay, so here’s how to log into the blog! If you have an account with the blog… If you’re on a computer or in a browser, In the menu bar, mouse over “buy courses & e-books” and you’ll see the bit that says “my account“. Scroll down and click on that. It’ll ask for a log-in, … Read moreMember exclusive: How to log into the blog for the month of April 2018

Member exclusive video: Small alterations in the type of fragrance oil you use can make a massive difference in viscosity

It’s pretty incredible to see how changing one small thing – the type of fragrance oil you use – can make such a huge difference in the viscosity of surfactant based products, like bubble baths, body washes, cleansers, and more. In the video below, I used this formula for my ultra bubbly bubble bath. I thickened...

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Videos: Differences in thickening between Crothix and Ritathix DOE. 

We’ve been talking a bit about increasing viscosity over the last few days as we worked on a potential duplication for Bath & Body Works CocoShea Honey Shower Jelly (Member exclusive). I’ve been working with so many new thickeners over the last 2 years, and I’m getting it all together to finally share what I’ve been … Read moreVideos: Differences in thickening between Crothix and Ritathix DOE.