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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D-Limonene in your cleansers

As I mentioned yesterday, I love d-Limonene and can find a use for it in almost everything! Remember to add d-Limonene to any water based or surfactant based products by using equal parts d-Limonene and polysorbate 20 as your emulsifier/solubilizer. If you are creating an oil based product – and I haven’t been able to…...

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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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