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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The 1000th post! Let’s celebrate!

Happy 1000th post! To celebrate, I’ve put together a PDF of my ten favourite recipes, those recipes I simply can’t live without, as a thank you to my lovely readers. I started this blog in late February 2009 with the goal of sharing some of the information I had gathered and a few of my…...

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Preservative chart download (free)!

As a thank you to my amazing readers for voting for our youth groups in the Aviva Community Fund competition, and as a thank you for those of you who have donated money for the e-books (Back to Basics or Hair Care Products), here’s another free download – the preservative chart! I’ve tried to gather…...

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Surfactant related downloads (PDF)

Since I’ll be formulating a lot of surfactant based things in the next few weeks, I thought it wise to summarize surfactant links in one place – click here for the permanent page on surfactants! In addition, here are a few downloads on surfactants in PDF form!Here’s a handy dandy chart on surfactants so you…...

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Happy birthday to the blog!

It was one year ago today that I started writing daily posts on this blog with an emphasis on the chemistry and formulating of bath and body products! And to celebrate…we’re having ribs! (Okay, they’re virtual ribs for you, but look at that wonderful rub and the smoking box…you know they’re going to be tasty!)…...

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Yarrow craft group: Bath bombs & bath salts

BATH BOMBSClick here for the handout from today’s class!These are super easy if you follow the instructions properly. Bath bombs are made with citric acid and baking soda. When you add them to the bath, they fizz up when they touch the water. (It’s like the volcanoes we made for school as kids with vinegar…...

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