Please do not make your own sunscreen! (updated)

Raymond forwarded me this link on Instructables – Homemade Sunscreen – and I have to rant about it! Please don’t think me bitter or mean! Someone eager to make lotion will try this and be disappointed and never try it again, and they’ve lost out on the joys we have found! Or they’ll get a…...

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d-Limonene: Awesome cleansing power!

Do you avoid super happy fun creation time because you can’t stand the sight of that sink filled with greasy containers and pots? Are you sick of dishwashing liquids or cleansers that promise to cut through an oily mess but disappoint you ever time? Are you looking for a green-friendly, ecologically pleasing ingredient that can…...

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Help me organize my life!

I was reviewing my New Year’s resolutions, and I am still not organized. I am the messiest person in the world. I’m not exaggerating. I am truly disorganized and messy in every single sense of the word. I am a moving tornado, messing up everything I touch. My car is messy, my room is messy,…...

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Adapting your products for summer: Modifying body butter

Let’s re-formulate our body butter to make a very moisturizing, less occlusive, more soothing moisturizer suitable for making our sun parched skin happy during the summer months! We’re not going to change the purpose of this body butter, but we’re going to switch out a few ingredients to maximize its benefits for this time of…...

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Adapting your products for summer

You probably change your fragrances for the summer months, so why not tweak your ingredients to suit the climate? (In fact, you probably already do this in adding humectants and the like, so think of it as a possible selling feature if you’re in business?) I’m not a fan of hot weather, humid or not,…...

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A couple of random links

It’s time to go swimming – but what about chlorine in the pool? Read this great post from the BeautyBrains to learn more about how chlorine affects your hair! (I either go swimming in natural bodies of water – I love lakes! – or use a swimming cap. It’s one of those ones from the…...

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Making an oil free moisturizer with water soluble oils

If you want to make an oil free moisturizer, why not start with esters or water soluble oils? They have the goodness of oil, but aren’t as thick and don’t need to be emulsified. I’ve been playing around with water soluble oils lately, and I am really quite surprised at how much thickening they actually…...

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Mineral make-up – Part 16: Earth tones – matte

Happy Canada Day! I realized I should be offering some tutorials on how to make red and white today, but who wants to wear red eye shadow? Instead, make the basic white and the Red Earth recipe below and you got yourself a Canada Day happy face! Earth tones are always a lovely way to…...

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Oil free moisturizer

Leanne wrote to me asking for some tips on creating an oil free moisturizer. By definition a moisturizer contains oil, water, and emulsifier…so is it possible to make an oil free moisturizer? Yes! When you see lotions in the stores with “oil free” emblazoned on the container, they still contain an oil phase. Generally the…...

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Better crafting through chemistry: Esters & water soluble oils – PEG-7 olivate

There are two ways to make water soluble oils – you can mix an oil with an emulsifier (usually polysorbate 80) to make an oil water soluble or you can esterify them (okay, you can’t personally esterify them as you probably don’t have the equipment at home, but oils can be esterified to make them…...

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