Weekday Wonderings: Can we make a shampoo bar without cocamidopropyl betaine?

In this post on shampoo bars, Bella asked: Is it ok to make a syndet shampoo bar without cocamidopropyl betaine? Everyone makes it seem like an impossibility, but there is a company that makes them and they are sellilng very well and I don’t see that ingredient in their product. The company is Ethique, here...

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Weekday Wonderings: All about conditioner bars!

Loads and loads of questions on making conditioner bars, so let’s take a look at those! Here’s my base recipe so you can follow along! SOLID CONDITIONER BAR RECIPE60% Incroquat BTMS10% cetyl alcohol (you can use stearic if you want a harder bar, but it’s going to be draggy!)10% butter of your choice – preferably...

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Weekday Wonderings: Melting point for conditioner bars?

In this post on solid conditioner bars, Kenzie asks: I was wondering what the melting point of the finished bars are. I am concerned about shipping in the summer. Also, does this recipe need to be put into single molds or would I be able to make a large batch in a soap loaf and cut...

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One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – shampoo bar

I love shampoo bars. I think they may be my favourite product I make. Don’t get me wrong! I love my lotions and potions and body washes and everything else, but the thing that changed the way I see my hair and making things was this shampoo bar. I didn’t create this bar from scratch....

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One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – foot scrub bars

With summer sandal season looming on the horizon in the northern hemisphere, a lot of attention is paid to our feet. Check out this recipe for a foot scrub bar containing stearic acid. (Which can be paired nicely with the thicker foot cream with stearic acid we made last week…) A lot of the ingredients...

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One ingredient, five products: Stearic acid – body scrub bars

Stearic acid is a great bar hardener, and I like to use as both a bar hardener and emollient in my body and foot scrub bars. Let’s take a look at the body scrub bar today and the foot scrub bar on Monday. What do I want in a body scrub bar? I want something that...

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One ingredient, ten products: Incroquat BTMS-50 in solid scrub bars

Solid scrub bars are a great place to use Incroquat BTMS-50 as it will impart some great conditioning and moisturizing without a lot of greasiness, and it stiffens the bar so it’ll keep its shape. Adding Incroquat BTMS-50 to a bar means it’s now an emulsified scrub bar. Why make an emulsified bar instead of...

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Pumpkin seed oil: Making sugar scrub bars

I’ve been going on and on about pumpkin seed oil as it’s my new favourite oil, one that has a nice balance of linoleic acid and oleic acid, phytosterols, polyphenols, and Vitamin E. It’s also an appropriate time of year to be using the seeds from this gourd in our products because it seems like...

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Newbie Tuesday: Formulating lotion bars (updated)

I love lotion bars. They’re super easy to make and you can customize them in so many ways! But what is a lotion bar, exactly? These are generally solid-ish, anhydrous products made with oils, butters, and waxes. The basic recipe is generally 1/3 butter, 1/3 oil, 1/3 wax, but you can make loads of modifications to...

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Weekend Wonderings: Troubleshooting solid scrub bars!

In this post on solid scrub bars, Julia asks: I love this scrub bar, but so far I have always made it without sodium lacate. Which is fine until it reaches about 27˚C, it starts getting soft and mushy. So I want to add the sodium lactate. Problem I’ve run into: It is 60% Salt to...

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