Basic instructions for lotion making (updated)

These are what I consider to be the basic instructions for making lotions for most types of emulsifiers, including Polawax, emulsifying wax, Incroquat BTMS-50, Simulsol 165/Lotionpro™ 165, and more. Always check how the emulsifier you’re using needs to be used. I will be updating this with information on using things like Montanov 68, Olivem 1000,...

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Liquorice root extract

Liquorice root (or licorice root, if you’re American – INCI: Glycrrhiza glabra) is supposed to work as an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-irritant, demulcent, skin whitening, and wound healing ingredient when applied topically. Let’s take a look at what gives liquorice its awesome qualities. Liquorice root contains amino acids, flavonoids, phytosterols like ß-sitosterol and stigmasterol, coumarins,...

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Question: What does “coconut derived” mean?

As people refer me to things they consider to be natural products, I keep seeing the words “coconut derived” beside surfactants, fatty alcohols, fatty acids, and other ingredients that are, in fact, coconut derived. But what does this mean? Coconut oil is often the starting point for surfactants because it has a fatty acid profile...

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Iron Chemist: Lanolin

Welcome to Workshop Stadium. This week the Chairman, Raymond (my lovely husband), has chosen the sixth Iron Chemist ingredient – Lanolin! Here are the rules. (Click here for the long version.) Raymond rolled a seven, which means he chose from the assorted butters and things that haven’t been put away properly box. I have until next...

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A few thoughts for a lazy Sunday morning…

As I’m waiting for my wonderful husband to wake up and choose the next Iron Chemist ingredient, I wanted to share a few thoughts based upon the e-mails and comments I’ve seen this week… CHEMICAL EQUALS BADI mentioned the other day it’s the International Year of Chemistry and I think one of the things I...

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Iron Chemist results: Floraesters IPJ

As I’ve mentioned repeatedly (and probably annoyingly) this week, work has been incredibly busy and I’ve had little time to play in the workshop. As a result, I failed in making the two Iron Chemist products this week. I did make one, but I didn’t make a second – but I plan to do that...

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Eye cream – attempt number one

I’ve been asked many times to help make an eye cream, so I thought I’d give it a go. I haven’t used eye creams in the past as I find they tend to be greasy and get all over my eye lashes and bug the heck out of me, so I thought I’d figure out...

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A few helpful hints for a Friday morning…

It’s been a wacky and busy week around my house, so on this last day of work before a week of holiday time to be spent bumming around the house crafting and writing, I give you a few thoughts for Friday… If you get a chance, read this wonderful dialogue between a University of B.C....

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Sponsored by readers like you – chocolate making!

Valentine’s Day will soon be upon us, and the best way I know of to tell someone you love them is with loads of chocolate. So why not make your own? It’s easy to make chocolate bark – get something you want to add to the chocolate, like cinnamon hearts, almonds, macadamia nuts and coconut,...

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Kukui nut: Anhydrous recipes

Kukui nut oil is kinda pricey – 30 ml was the same price as 1 litre of soy bean oil – so using at really high levels can be a very expensive proposition. I’ve been trying it at 20% in these products, which I think is a really nice level of usage. Add to the...

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