The chemistry of essential oils: Overview

I don’t think it would be helpful to talk about essential oils without talking about the chemistry, so I’m going to take a few days to review what we find in these oils. If you’re interested in learning more chemistry, this’ll be a two-fer as we delve into the various molecules we might find in...

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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

A huge thanks to those of you who have donated for the e-books or made a donation to our Rated T for Teen programs! Thanks to you we can have our Christmas extravaganza groups – our once a year, try to get as many projects in at once so the kids can give out gifts to...

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Tea tree oil: Moisturizers

In all honesty, if your acne is bothersome enough to have you considering adding tea tree oil to a moisturizer, then your face probably doesn’t like oils. I’d really ask you to consider making a gelled toner, like this one, and adding tea tree oil with the solubilizer (like the Caprol Micro Express I used...

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Tea tree oil: A facial wash and a toner!

As we saw from the studies on tea tree oil, using it in our facial products could help with acne. I’m going to include it in a facial cleanser with one small disclaimer – this is not an unscented product! It has a light medicinal smell, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, so you might...

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Tea tree oil: A shampoo!

Last Christmas, I made my friend Ken a shampoo that might have been good for dandruff. Unfortunately, I didn’t hear back from him about the product, so I don’t know if he liked it or not. I had a little problem with some flakes during the summer, so I tried it and quite liked it....

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Essential oils: Tea tree oil (part 2)

What are the claims about tea tree oil? It’s often listed as an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-septic, wound healing, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic essential oil. Let’s take a look at the science behind tea tree oil and see if it lives up to these claims! (And note – I’m not making claims about tea tree oil,...

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Essential oil: Tea tree oil (part 1)

Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is often listed as an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-septic, wound healing, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic essential oil. It has been touted as a natural preservative for our products – and we can imagine how I feel about that statement! – and it is supposed to be helpful for dandruff, lice/nits, acne,...

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Movember is over…

…Yet my husband’s moustache continues to grow! He’s decided to go for the 1980s heavy metal handlebar look for the holidays! This is seven kinds of awesome! I would not normally post this kind of gratuitous exploitation of the male form on my blog, but I could not find a picture of the band ManOWar...

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Sponsored by readers like you: Beaded snowflakes!

We’re not just about the cosmetic chemistry around here – we’re also about the beading. Last night my Chilliwack craft group created gorgeous Christmas jewellery, including these lovely beaded snowflakes! As you know, our youth programs are sponsored by readers like you. When you contribute to our groups by buying the Formulating & Creating Lotions...

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Chemistry Thursday: Ionic bonding and salts! (updated)

Atoms are the building blocks of all molecules, so we need to know a little about them to understand how molecules work. An atom is happiest when it has eight electrons on its outer shell. (This is called the octet rule and it applies to the elements we’ll get to know the best – those under number...

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