Question: Is there any science to using a vinegar rinse on your hair?

Anonymous asks in this post: I was wondering if there might be any science to back up using a vinegar rinse? I agree that using baking soda to wash hair is a terrible idea, but I have found a vinegar rinse (after shampooing, before conditioning) invaluable. My hair is much smoother and more manageable. I…...

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A few thoughts for the first Friday of summer!

I can’t believe it’s summer already. I’m still working on Christmas presents I didn’t get time to make! Here are a few thoughts for the day before I spend the rest of the morning in the workshop!  Please please please don’t make your own sunscreen. I know it’s tempting to think that all we have…...

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Emulsifiers: Eye cream with Ritamulse SCG

I know many people – including my mom and best friend – want me to make an eye cream…and I kinda did. I’ve been using this recipe for Ritamulse SCG in a hand lotion as an eye cream and I love it! When I make it again, I’ll leave out the mango butter and beeswax…...

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Questions about lye and update on solubilizers

As a quick note to the kind readers who have asked if I’m okay. Yes. Our town – Chilliwack – is experiencing higher than normal water levels and the parts of town outside the dike are being evacuated, but those of us in the non-flood plain part are fine. Thank you for asking! I’ll let…...

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Supplier updates!

A quick note about some things I found at Voyageur Soap & Candle! They’ve started carrying cetearyl alcohol, micronized zinc oxide (water or oil soluble), and a ton of new micas (the one to the left is blue lagoon mica). They’ll be carrying two new products in July that I will be running down to…...

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A thought for the day…

Why don’t incompetent people realize they’re incompetent? It’s a great question posed by Stephen Fry on an episode of QI I watched recently. The answer? The knowledge required to determine if someone is incompetent is the same as the knowledge required to be competent. So the people who are incompetent don’t have the skills to…...

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Question: Can glycerin act as a preservative?

In this post, Anonymous asks: Hi Susan, I have a question about glycerin. I have read that it can act as a preservative, but the amounts I’ve read where it’s effective have been anything from 15-70%. I was wondering if I make a simple glycerin-water spray, with about 20% glycerin, if I need preservative or if…...

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Solubilizers: Making fragrance sprays with caprylyl/capryl glucoside (updated)

One of the easiest things to make with any solubilizer is a water based fragrance spray. And one of the hardest things to do is to figure out how much fragrance or essential oil you need to use to have that oil disperse without having to shake the product. You can see from the recipe…...

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Debate: Why does the concept of “natural” have to exclude science?

In this post, Anonymous wrote: Ok, this definitely bothers me. I hate when science people try to make nature people being seen as stupid. I thought science people were smart, but this just makes them seem childish and ignorant. I’ll teach you what “chemical-free” means. Chemical-free, in the natural and organic world, simply refers as a product…...

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Solubilizers: How are they different from emulsifiers?

I need some time to play with Ritamulse SCG and a new emulsifier I bought called Montanov 68 (aka Sugarmulse at the Herbarie) over the next week, so let’s take a look at solubilizers! Let’s take a look at solubility for a moment before we take a look at the ingredients we call solubilizers. (Originally from…...

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