Mineral make-up Wednesday…won’t be seen today

Mineral make-up Wednesday has been postponed because I haven’t had time to work on new colour combinations because the once in a lifetime heat wave we’re experiencing in the Fraser Valley is keeping me out of the workshop and in my air conditioned room. Join me next week when we’ll start building some foundations, blushes,…...

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Cationic quaternary compounds: Cetrimonium bromide

PLEASE NOTE: I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE TO BUY CETRIMONIUM BROMIDE ANY MORE. IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA, PLEASE SHARE IT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW, PREFERABLY WITH A LINK TO THE ITEM IN A SHOP! THANKS! (Sorry for yelling, but I really wanted to get your attention!)  Cetrimonium bromide is a cationic quaternary compound used…...

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Cationic quaternary compounds: Incroquat BTMS-50 (updated)

If any of this seems like Greek to you, please read the post on how conditioners work first… To me, Incroquat Benehyl TMS-50 (INCI: Behentrimonium methosulfate (and) cetyl alcohol (and) butylene glycol) or BTMS is the grandmother of all cationic quaternary compounds. It’s easy to find, easy to use, and it emulsifies silicones and oils…...

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Naming things in chemistry

I know, this probably isn’t a post you’d normally read, but I think it’s something useful for the next few posts. In talking about cationic quaternary compounds, the number of carbon atoms in the chain is vital in learning how conditioning something might be. So here’s a little primer on how to figure out how…...

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Some additional hair chemistry…

I know I said I’d write about BTMS this morning, but there’s so much about the structure and chemistry of hair that I haven’t written about in the past…so I’ll write about BTMS tomorrow. This bit really should go in the middle of the “how conditioners work” post….Our hair is composed of a cortex –…...

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How conditioners work… (updated)

How does a conditioner work? Okay, a little bit of chemistry for you… A conditioning agent (like BTMS) is a cationic quaternary compound. It’s a positively charged compound that adsorbs to the surface of your hair. (Adsorption means the molecules accumulate on the surface of your hair. It’s different from absorption in that it doesn’t…...

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What interests you? Adding slip to conditioners!

I asked, you responded, so what interests you?From Esmee: She’d like more solid things as her daughter is a bit of a mixing mad scientist in the bathroom. I’m working on things so stay tuned! From Christine P: Hi, I have a suggestion! I was wondering if you would consider doing another post on hair…...

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Sushi soap – melt & pour maki roll!

I’m really loving this flexible soap idea, and I love sushi, so I thought I’d put the two together and make some maki rolls. (I’m working on figuring out the California or Dynamite roll next!) For this project, you could use a round mold and cut the middle out with an apple corer or a…...

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Sushi soap – melt & pour salmon nigiri

If there’s anything I like more than cupcakes (from a design point of view), it’s sushi. I was inspired by the Soap Queen’s video and posts on making flexible soap (click here for the jelly roll tutorial, click here for the sushi soap tutorial, and click here for the video on making flexible soap), so…...

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Crafting with youth: Fabric stencilling

There’s a surprise – Susan’s a geek who likes Doctor Who! (I did have a Dalek shirt, but it said it was “XL” and my tiny mom couldn’t fit into it, which just shows you that you should try on the shirt before you stencil on it!!!) FABRIC STENCIILLINGWith a few pieces of fabric and…...

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