Subscribers’ Exclusive: Introduction to chemistry course! 

I’m so excited to share with you the new course I’ve created exclusively for the subscribers of this blog! Click here to learn more about the new introduction to chemistry course! Let’s start at the beginning by learning about atoms, ions, and molecules, and by the end of unit 8, you’ll have the basics down!…...

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#alltheingredients: TKB Thickening clay – part four, version 2

I’m doing my best to work with this new ingredient, TKB Trading’s Thickening Clay (INCI: Quaternium-90 Sepiolite (and) Quaternium-90 Montmorillonite). So far I tried a few suggestions and formulas from TKB Trading that didn’t work out so well, and yesterday, I tried a formula I found online, which separated over time. VERSION 2 It was…...

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#alltheingredients: TKB Thickening clay – part three, version 1

The suggestion and recipes shared by TKB Trading for this thickening clay didn’t work for me, so I thought I’d go on a quest for other formulas I could try at home to succeed with this ingredient. I found a formula that called for fractionated coconut oil and isopropyl myristate (IPM) as the oils with 3%…...

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#alltheingredients: TKB Thickening clay (INCI: Quaternium-90 Sepiolite (and) Quaternium-90 Montmorillonite) – part two

Welcome back from the aside on polar oils and isododecane! Let’s take a look at working with this ingredient! To recap the series so far… Potential duplication of Tarte Frxxxtion Exfoliating Stick (part one) Practice your process: Choose the right preservative for the job #alltheingredients: Thickening clay (part one) Chemistry: What the heck are polar oils?…...

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Let’s talk pets with Melinda! Formulating Safe Pet Products: Canine Cosmetology: Part four, carrier oils & butters

Making handmade pet products offers us the ability to create formulations based on what we have easily available to us, which for most of us, are ingredients we already use to create our own products.  But is it safe?  There are actually a surprising amount of ingredients that we use in human product formulation that…...

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We’re in Manchester eating crisps and Cadbury bars…

Thank goodness I had my little carry on stash of travel essentials with me in our flight to Manchester via Amsterdam! Lip balm, hand lotion, body lotion, peppermint cooling spray, and more hand & body lotion: I can’t tell you how exhausted I am after two flights and a stop over on no sleep and…...

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Q&A quickies! What do you use to colour your hair care bars? How can I preserve D’orientine well? Can we use Olivem 300 in place of polysorbate 80 in blooming bath oil? How do I eliminate bubbles in my lotion?

Sorry for falling behind on answering questions. I’m working on a ton of things for the blog right now, and this fell by the wayside. Let’s catch up on what you’ve been asking!  In the February Q&A, Donna asked: I’d like to put a color in my shampoo and conditioner bars to help differentiate between the…...

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Q&A: Can we use food grade herbal supplements in our skin care products?

In the February Q&A, Marina asked, Hello, Susan (and everyone else!), what’s your opinion on using dry herbal extracts being sold for health supplements for skin care? Horse chestnut extract sounds intriguing to me, which I first found at New Directions Aromatics. Because of higher shipping cost and minimum order fee from NDA, I looked for…...

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