The most frequently asked question this month: What can I use instead of panthenol?

Over the last few months, the most frequently asked question has been, “What can I use instead of panthenol?” And my most frequently answered answer is always, “What are you making?” Substitutions need to be considered in light of the product, other Ingredients, and function of the substitution. Related post: Let’s talk about substitutions In...

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What should I make with all this lime butter?

So, I’m a bit of an idiot. I was ordering a few things from New Directions Aromatics, and didn’t want to incur their “small order” fee ($100 is not small!) so I threw some lime butter into my basket. And when it came, it turns out I bought a kilogram of it! Thank goodness it...

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Download: Formulas from Voyageur Soap & Candle’s grand opening on September 22, 2018

As I mentioned yesterday, I presented at Voyageur Soap & Candle’s grand opening at their new store in Surrey! So many of you came down to say “hi”, and I can finally put some faces to the names I see around here! Thank you so much for joining me yesterday to talk about formulating while...

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I’ll be at the grand opening of Voyageur Soap & Candle’s new store tomorrow!

I can’t believe I didn’t share this here! ARGH! It’s been a weird week! Sorry!  Here’s my tentative schedule for the grand opening of Voyageur Soap & Candle’s new store this Saturday, September 22nd on the Surrey/Langley border (British Columbia). I’ll be demonstrating how to make gorgeous whipped butters at 10:30, and floofy exfoliating foaming...

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Experiments in the workshop: Emulsified sugar scrub variations – modifying the emulsifier

I realized I was burning through a lot of these terms over the last two weeks, so I wanted to stop and take a look at what all this stuff we’ve been talking about means in terms of our products and our experiences as I think the best way to learn is to read something,...

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Chemistry: Atoms, moles, and molecular weight

I realized there were a few more terms I had to share before we get into the natural gum thickeners. Plus, I needed to give you the date of the quiz. Nah, just kidding…or am I? 🙂 On September 7th, we started this series off by looking at why xanthan gum might pill or ball...

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All the proceeds from the sales of all my e-books in the month of September will be going to Melts 4 Mutts Senior Dog Rescue

For this month, all the proceeds from the sales of all my e-books in the month of September will be going to Melts 4 Mutts Senior Dog Rescue (Facebook link). The sales from these e-books normally go to our youth programs, Rated T for Teen, but when we learned more about the amazing men who … Read more

Chemistry: Rheology modifiers – categories and defining a few more terms

On September 7th, we started this series off by looking at why xanthan gum might pill or ball on your skin when used in lotions. Then we started this series, for which I’ve also created a glossary of terms as we’ll be using them a lot in the future… Defining some scientific terms: Solubility, viscosity,...

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Q&A: Has anyone used MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)? What did you think?

In the August Q&A, Charlette very awesomely asked more awesome questions! I‘m wondering if anyone (including Susan!) has used Methylsulfonylmethane–otherwise known as MSM? From what I’ve read–it’s like a wonder ingredient-and yet I don’t see it in formulas. It’s referred to as an “additive”. Essential Wholesale says this about ingredient: “Excellent ingredient for mature skin...

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