Conditioner! (updated)

If you’ve made your own shampoo, you must make your own conditioner! I must warn you, though. Once you’ve made your own, you will never go back to store bought again, even the fancy salon stuff. It is a surprisingly easy process to make your own conditioner, and it is great fun to tweak it…...

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Shampoo! (updated)

What do we want in a shampoo? Everyone’s hair type is different, so making a shampoo can be trial and error until you find the product you really love. This is where knowing your ingredients becomes vital, as you have to be able to figure out exactly what your hair loves or hates. Please refer…...

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Facial cleansers (updated)

I am always looking for a good facial cleanser that won’t exacerbate my acne or leave my skin feeling dry and tight afterwards. Let’s summarize my goals for this product… Cleansing – I don’t need deep cleansing, I need mild cleansing. Foaming – I don’t want something really foamy on my face. Good rinse-off –…...

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Surfactants & fragrances – essential oils

Essential oils can be an incredible addition to your hair and body products. They offer a great scent, and some have an effect on your skin and hair, so you need to know their properties before using them. A lot of people use essential oils instead of fragrance oils because they are “natural”, but that…...

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Surfactants & fragrances – viscosity

When you’re making your creations, you’ll note that some fragrances thin out your mixture and some thicken. This is why I suggest you fragrance before you use your Crothix and let it sit for a while. I find some mixtures “seize up” and give you Jell-o, but turn out fine…and others go to water, then…...

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Surfactants & fragrancing – clarity (updated)

So what’s the difference between this purple body wash (fragranced with Black Amber Lavender from Brambleberry) and the orange body wash (Cedar & Saffron, also from Brambleberry). They’re both body wash made from the same batch of ingredients and bottled in identical bottles. So why is one cloudy, the other is clear? This has to…...

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Miserable Smarch weather!

SNOW? ON MARCH 5TH? SNOW? It stopped snowing in Animal Crossing last week, but apparently it’s just going to keep on snowing until the end of time in real life! Okay, technically it’s winter until March 20th, but snow today? Really? Apparently it’s going to turn to rain this afternoon…or sun, if you believe the…...

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Bubble bath! (updated)

Who doesn’t love bubbles in a bath? And the more the better, right? (I guess you could have too many bubbles, but really…they’re bubbles!) And the question we ask ourselves – what do we want out of this product? – is BUBBLES! (Okay, I’ve said bubbles too many times now!) We want a good flash…...

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Body wash! (updated)

Body wash can be moisturizing and cleansing at the same time, if you choose the right ingredients. What do you want in a body wash? mild to good cleansing abilities fluffy lather good foam a nice fragrance! What do we have to fit our requirements? Amphosol CG is an amphoteric, so it will thicken our…...

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Surfactants: A short guide to things lathery and foamy (updated)

What the heck is a surfactant? The word surfactant is short for “surface active agent” and has a hydrophilic (water-loving) head and a lipophilic (oil-loving) or hydrophobic (water-hating) tail. This means it can bring things together like oil and water. So an emulsifier, like emulsifying wax or Incroquat BTMS, is a surfactant. (Click here for…...

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