Make a Minty Snoot Blaster for this cold and flu season!

I’m in the workshop today for day two of my inventory of ingredients, packaging, and equipment in anticipation of a week long frenzy of experiments and fun, all of which I’ll share with you here. In the meantime, I thought I’d share my new favourite thing – these little inhalers! I’ve been making these little...

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Q&A: What’s the purpose of ingredients like linalool or limonene in products?

In the October Q&A, Charlette asked: Just wondering what is the purpose of the following ingredients which are often listed at the end for many lotions/creams/facial products: LINALOOL LIMONENE BENZYL ALCOHOL BENZYL SALICYLATE Also: Farnesol, Geraniol and Hexyl Cinnamal, … Do these add anything besides a little fragrance? Can these be ignored? Sarah responded: They are the...

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Formula: Making a few Vick’s like products with essential oils for cold & flu season

After sharing the post yesterday – Formula: Essential oil blend that might be like Saje’s Peppermint Halo Headache Remedy – Raymond remarked that we needed more of that Vick’s like jelly as one of us is bound to be sick sooner rather than later. Then I realized I hadn’t shared this with you, so it’s time...

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Formula: Essential oil blend that might be like Saje’s Peppermint Halo Headache Remedy

I was leafing through my lab notebook today, and I came across these essential oil blends I made up some time in 2016 to smell a bit like the Peppermint Halo Headache Remedy by Saje. It seems like I need to use this one a lot lately… Their product, which is $29 for 10 ml!, contains peppermint...

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Essential oils aren’t magical!

I know it seems like they may be magical with all their wonderful qualities, but you can treat them as you would other ingredients. For instance, don’t measure them in drops. How do you know how much you’re using? Measure them by weight like you would any other ingredient. Check the suggested usage rate and...

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Weekend Wonderings: So many comments! (Part two)

A tip for the day: If you don’t have all the ingredients for a product on the blog, try searching for another recipe for that product. For instance, if you want to make a toner but don’t have the extract I mention, try searching for another toner recipe to see if there’s one that doesn’t...

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Weekend Wonderings: Adding essential oils in the heated phase?

In this post – Heating, holding, freezing, and thawing our oils – Lexi asks: It’s summer so time to break out the insect repellents. I want to make my own insect repellent lotion based on essential oils (e.g. lavender, eucalyptus, citronella). My product is 8% essential oils. I know you said that we are not...

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Weekend Wonderings: What is the HLB of butylene glycol? Is glycerin water soluble? Are essential oils water soluble?

HLB VALUE OF BUTYLENE GLYCOL?In this post, Humectants: Propylene glycol & dipropylene glycol, Tyler asks: What is the HLB value of butylene glycol? Butylene glycol doesn’t have an HLB value because it isn’t oil soluble. HLB values are assigned to emulsifiers and oil soluble ingredients. Since butylene glycol is water soluble and doesn’t need an emulsifier...

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Weekend Wonderings: Why so many emulsifiers in a commercial product, why we weigh essential oils, heating our phases, and creating a double boiler

In this post, Keisha asks: I’ve fallen in love with Laura Mercier’s Ambre Vanilla Souffle and was trying to replicate it. Looking at the ingredients, it seems like they might have used two different emulsifiers (glyceryl stearate & peg-100; cetearyl alcohol & polysorbate 60.) I’m curious, why would someone use two different complete emulsifiers? I was able to...

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Facial scrubs: Adding essential oils to an oil based scrub

I am asked all the time about adding essential oils to facial products and the short answer is yes, you can use essential oils in facial products. The long answer is slightly longer…And as usual, please treat essential oils with respect, acknowledging that they aren’t just about adding scent to a product, they may also...

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