Packaging: Alternatives to bottles (updated)

I know a malibu or tottle bottle isn’t really an alternative to a “bottle” because we consider them to be a bottle, but they are a fantastic way to package hair care products, surfactant systems, and lotions. They’re also cheaper than using a pump bottle for thick creams, but you do run the risk of…...

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Packaging: Filling bottles! (updated)

Filling containers can be such a huge pain in the bum! Here are a few things I thought I’d share. Since I am a surfactant junkie, I make a lot of bubble baths, body washes, and shampoos that need bottling. I find the easiest way is to get a funnel and pour it in. With…...

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Packaging: Choosing the right container based on ingredients (updated)

So you’ve chosen a shape, but have you considered the composition of your bottle? We have tons of different plastics to choose from, but each has their advantage. Most of these can’t be filled at over 160F, but we aren’t going to be bottling anything that warm, are we? HDPE: High density polyethylene – Good…...

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Packaging: Choosing the right container (updated)

With so much to choose from, how do you choose the right bottle or jar for your products? Consider a few things before choosing a container… 1. Cost: If you need 1 or 2 containers, then a penny here or there isn’t going to make a huge difference. But if you need 100, 5 cents…...

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Cetyl alcohol vs. stearic acid

I feel like the subtitle to this post should be “two go in, one comes out, it’s a battle to the death!” These two are always compared to each other because they serve the same function in lotion making – they offer co-emulsification, they increase viscosity, and they act as fatty ingredients to add to…...

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Better crafting through chemistry: Cetyl alcohol

Cetyl alcohol! This short chain, saturated, fatty alcohol imparts an emollient feel to our lotions and creams and works with our cationic quaternary compounds to super-charge our conditioners. Compare the cetyl alcohol molecule to the stearic acid molecule. It has 16 carbons (stearic has 18) and it has an OH (oxygen-hydrogen or hydroxy group) whereas…...

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Mineral make-up: Part 17 – Browns

Browns, to me, are as essential to my make-up kit as black and white. They are a great neutral colour you can use as a base colour or a liner, in addition to your main eye shadow. (And they look great with pinks!) Basic brown3/4 tsp basic eye shadow base5 scoops brown umber iron oxide1/2…...

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Yarrow craft group: Hair care recipes.

Hello Yarrowers (I’m not sure what the real word is, but that sounded like fun!) Click the links to find the shampoo and conditioner recipes we made today. Have a great week!… You are not logged in. This content is for $1 Level, $5 Level, $3 Level and $10 Level members only. Please login if...

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Better crafting through chemistry: Stearic acid

Oh, stearic acid, how we love you as a thickener! Inexpensive and multi-functional, you make a lotion become a decadent cream! Stearic acid is a saturated, long chain fatty acid with 18 carbon molecules, which is to say it is a chain of carbons and hydrogens with a carboxyl group (that COOH you see at…...

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Better sewing through chemistry: Cool ties!

Cold ties are long thin scarves containing polymer crystals that soak up water. You tie them around your neck for the hot months after soaking them in water, and they keep you cool during the day. I couldn’t make it through the summer without them! (I’ve even made a pillow out of them! Summer and…...

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