Exotic oils (updated)

Before you go on, if you want more detail on any oil – more detail than you see here – please visit the emollients section of the blog. There are whole posts on a lot of these oils! Exotic oils (not a term you want to search for as I think I made it up?)…...

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Bath truffles (a.k.a bath melts)

Bath melts are updated versions of those little packages of bath oils you used to get in the shapes of penguins or hearts or stars in your stocking every Christmas combined with a bath bomb. (I loved those things!) They offer moisturizing and fragrance in your tub, and are super easy and fun to make…....

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Whipped butters

I’m going to be honest…this is a picture of a green tea sugar scrub, but it looks a lot like a whipped cocoa-mango butter, so I included it. I really need to take more pictures when I make products, eh?Whipped butters are anhydrous (they do not contain water) and they are super easy to make…...

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Cookie & cupcake decorating links

(As a note, I have no idea what is going on with the fonts in this post! Sorry about the mess!)Sorry for the chaos in the group today. I usually get there early, get organized, and gear up for a wonderful class. Because of my dead car battery, I didn’t have a chance to do…...

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Lotion bars (updated)

  This is the first in a series of posts about anhydrous products. What are anhydrous products? It means “without water”, and they are products made with oil soluble ingredients. Because they don’t contain water you don’t need to use a preservative (although I suggest 0.5% to 1% Vitamin E to keep the oils from…...

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Oils: A short guide (updated)

May I suggest visiting the emollients section of the blog instead of just reading this page? I’ve written posts on every oil I’ve ever used, which you can find there, as well as posts on all the things you’ll find in oils, like phytosterols and polyphenols, and comparison charts for all the oils and butters…....

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Butters: A short guide (updated)

As part of the “know your ingredients” series, I present to you some information on the various butters you can use in making upcoming products: Lotion bars, whipped butters, bath melts, and more. Yep, we’re making anhydrous (without water) products! BUTTERS – butters are rated from 1 to 10 for hardness. 10 is very hard…....

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Anti-frizz spray! (updated)

If you’re a frizzy haired girl like me, you’ve probably tried every single thing in the salon, drug store, and health food store you can find to prevent having poof hair! Here is a really simple recipe for making anti-frizz spray that really works! (I sound like an infomercial there, don’t I? Sorry about that!)…...

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Ingredients for your creations

Thanks for the lovely responses! Keep writing and posting comments, and I’ll keep answering!Please check out this post on surfactants – Surfactants: A Short Guide – for the chemistry to English translation for the surfactants I’ve been using in these formulae. Where to get them and how to substitute what for what?I buy my supplies…...

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Leave in conditioner (updated)

So you’ve got well cleaned, conditioned hair, but perhaps you need a little something more to chase off the static or fly-aways. Or, if you’re like me, you’re a frizzy haired girl. Try making leave-in conditioner for that extra oomph you need after washing. You’ll notice this is pretty much the same as a regular…...

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