Argh! Why are you trying to teach me chemistry?

So you get jokes like this! (Click here for more! They’re not all as awesome as this!) I find it interesting how many of us say, “I’m not good at math”. When was the last time you truly tried to do any real math beyond adding up the bill at a restaurant and trying to…...

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Iron Chemist: Floraesters IPJ

Welcome to Workshop Stadium. This week the Chairman, Raymond (my lovely husband), has chosen the fifth Iron Chemist ingredient – Floraesters IPJ! Here are the rules. (Click here for the long version.) Raymond rolled an eight, which means he chose an ingredient from the sample box in my workshop. I have until next Saturday, January 29th,…...

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Iron Chemist results: LSB

Well, this was an interesting week and I didn’t think I’d meet the challenge*, but I managed to pull it off by Saturday! This week’s challenge was all about LSB, a surfactant blend of SLSa and DLS mild from Stepan (click here for more information and the rules of the challenge). *I’ve been messing around…...

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Challenge: Six ingredient lotion with shea, soy bean & sesame oil

As I’ve mentioned in the past, my husband has vitiligo, and his legs get very itchy during the winter (too dry) and the summer (exposure), so I’m always thinking of ways to create products to stop him from scratching and to help heal the wounds. (Not making any claims here, just going on what the…...

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Challenge: Six ingredient lotion – hand lotion with cetearyl ethylhexanoate & cocoa butter

So here’s my first entry into the six ingredient challenge. I debated many oils while making this first one…did I want something with loads of linoleic acid for the winter time or did I want something with occlusiveness? What did I want as a humectant? Did I want to spend an ingredient on an extract…...

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Challenge: Six ingredient lotions

Welcome to the six ingredient lotion challenge! The rules are simple – make a lotion using only six ingredients. Water, preservative, fragrance or essential oils do not count towards the six ingredients, but everything else does (including hydrosols or aloe vera that you might substitute for the water portion). You can make type of lotion you…...

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Challenge: Are you trying new things?

Happy sneak some zucchini on your neighbour’s porch day!  As I’ve decided this is my year for trying new things, I’ve been trying new things (including being obvious Swift!). I put out the challenge out in the middle of June to try something new, and I set out my own goals…and I haven’t really updated…...

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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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Challenge: We were jamming!

Wow, did I have fun yesterday or what? My friends and I set June 20th as our challenge date for making jam, and we went nuts making all kinds of gooey strawberry concoctions! We bought a 30 pound bucket of local strawberries from the Rotary Club, and they were already washed, cleaned, and packed in…...

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Challenge: Start with the basics!

I’ve been thinking a lot about how overcome our crafting fears, and I’ve realized I’m part of the problem – if you ask me the time, I tell you how to build a clock. It’s a little overwhelming at times to take in a ton of information or recipes and sort those through your head…...

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