Basic instructions for lotion making (updated)

These are what I consider to be the basic instructions for making lotions for most types of emulsifiers, including Polawax, emulsifying wax, Incroquat BTMS-50, Simulsol 165/Lotionpro™ 165, and more. Always check how the emulsifier you’re using needs to be used. I will be updating this with information on using things like Montanov 68, Olivem 1000,…...

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

…in the Barclay-Nichols’s household. (Don’t hit me!) It’s might seem like Christmas is a huge 61 days away, but when you’re a crafter, you have to start early! I don’t think it’s helpful for me to start posting recipes on December 1st because you need time to try out these products, see how the fragrances…...

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Creating foaming bath salts!

We had some fun yesterday making bath products with Natrasorb Bath. Let’s see what we can make that might foam, moisturize, and soothe our skin in the tub! What’s up with this short series? Monique asked if we could make some foaming bath salts and I thought it would be a fun idea! If you…...

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Blast from the past: Silicone replacements…

I’ve read the e-mails and the comments and I know some of you are seeking alternatives to silicones. Fortunately, you can find ingredients that will offer the same kind of conditioning, slip, film forming, and shine enhancing qualities of dimethicone to include in your hair or skin care products. (You really can’t mimic the effects…...

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Revisited: Summer time product ideas with esters!

We’re breaking records in the Fraser Valley with temperatures up to 32˚C, and I’m cranky. (Lest you doubt it’s hot, we’re breaking records from the 1930’s!) I don’t like the summer temperatures unless I’m camping or at the lake, so I need to find things to make the summer just a little bit less annoying…....

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Back to basics: Bath bombs

Bath bombs seem like a really simple concept – a little citric acid, a little baking soda, some fragrance oil, and you have a wonderful acid-base reaction in the tub that brings happiness to the bather. But they can cause such headaches to even the most seasoned bath and body creator! As a point of…...

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Back to basics: Whipped butters (updated)

Whipped butters are so impressive but so darned easy to make! They might seem all complicated with their whippiness, but they’re simple to make if you have a mixer with a whisk attachment. (I bought my Black & Decker 250 watt mixer for $20 from Canadian Tire with two whisk attachments! I’m sure you could…...

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Back to basics!

I taught a craft group about a month ago where I taught my teens how to make a lotion. The recipe was one of the first recipes I tried myself, a body mousse with a six ingredients – water, humectant, oil, emulsifier, thickener, and preservative. It is absolutely lovely and a staple in my recipe…...

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An aside…Leave-in conditioners become beard conditioners

I’ve written about beard conditioners before, but I thought I’d expand the topic a little more considering we’ve been discussing conditioners at length for a while. Manly men with giant beards can benefit from beard conditioners in two ways – it can help keep their beards nicely conditioned and detangled, and it can help moisturize…...

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An aside…Conditioners become shaving products (part 1)

Conditioners make awesome shaving products, and you don’t need to make many tweaks to get an awesome product that offers post-shaving moisturizing! You can use any of the conditioners we’ve made with cetrimonium bromide or BTMS-50 as shaving products…but let’s tweak them to make them even more skin friendly. I love adapting conditioner bars to…...

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