Experiments in the workshop: Fragrance and essential oils with Iselux Ultra Mild

Just a few of the many many samples I’ve created for the Iselux Ultra Mild surfactant – which I bought from Windy Point Soap Making Supplies. It takes ages to test out different ways it might thicken, what might thin it, how it clears up, and how stable it is over time. I have at…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Surfactants, fragrance oils, and clarity

Having great fun trying different fragrances and colours in foamy, bubbly, lathery™️ surfactants today, specifically the Iselux Mild Blend body wash I made a few weeks ago. Will these become clear? The samples are safely stowed away on my sample shelf and I’ll check back in a week! It started off so clear… And stayed…...

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Experiments in the workshop: ACI instead of SCI in my hand cleanser

I am so sick of having dry feeling hands after I wash them, so I thought I’d make my own hand cleanser. This one – orange & honey hand cleanser – was my favourite, so naturally I thought I’d tweak it some more by replacing ACI for the SCI. Doesn’t it look like this is…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Using behenyl alcohol in sugar scrubs!

I am a big fan of the emulsified scrub, so it made sense to try this new fatty alcohol in one! I love my black cocoa sugar scrub, and thought adding behenyl alcohol would only make it that more awesome. (As a note, this recipe can be done with regular cocoa butter, but I was out of…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Behenyl alcohol in an intense conditioner with butters

I thought I’d try using behenyl alcohol in an intense conditioner with butters and oils. It makes sense, because people who have hair so dry or so brittle that they need to use butters in a conditioner, could probably benefit from the added slip and conditioning of this fatty alcohol. I chose this recipe (found…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Behenyl alcohol in a conditioner (part 1)

I do love my conditioners, and I thought I’d experiment further with one I experimented with last October – my intense conditioner with all my conditioning agents! – by adding a little behenyl alcohol to the mix. Point of interest: Adding a fatty alcohol to a cationic quaternary compound – like BTMS, BTMS-50, cetrimonium bromide,…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Behenyl alcohol in a lotion

I decided I’d try behenyl alcohol in place of cetearyl alcohol in this recipe – the rice bran oil based hand protector cream I made as a duplicate of the Body Shop’s hemp hand protector cream for my husband. The original recipe is a very thick lotion that feels slightly greasy going on your hands,…...

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Experimenting in the workshop: Avocado butter

Randi from Creations by Eden sent me out some green avocado butter, which is “…made from solid fraction of raw-green avocado oil, then fortified with sal butter-stearic fraction and virgin oil de coco-crème® solid fraction.” It’s light green in colour and has a very earthy smell to it. It’s quite hard and would need to…...

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Experiments in the workshop: Min-maxed toner becomes a facial gel

The weather outside here is frightful, and I need something more than my toner to protect my skin right now. An oil filled moisturizer isn’t an option at the moment as I’m having some fun new break outs on my face, so I thought I’d try making my min-maxed toner into a gel using Amaze…...

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Experimenting in your workshop

I know this can be a demanding hobby/craft/art/calling/obsession and I know it can be an expensive one sometimes, but making mistakes and “wasting” supplies is part of the process. I know this is a hard thing to accept – I can’t count how many times I’ve kept a product around thinking I’ll try to fix…...

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