Experiments in the workshop: Adding Vita Burst Beads to our products – gels

We’ve spent the week having some fun with this gelled toner I taught at the first ever spa products class day at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary, Alberta, back in November. On Monday, I shared with you a gelled toner we made for normal to oily skin types. On Tuesday, we took a look at...

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful: Formulating a chamomile & allantoin occlusive hydrating spray for winter 

Oh, the weather outside is frightful – okay, not where I live as it’s sunny with a high of 13°C, but it’ll be cold and windy soon enough – and that means wind and cold chapping! There are a few awesome ingredients you can use to protect your skin from the elements, like allantoin, which...

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I’m like a kid in a candy store at Windy Point Soap: Making an ECOcert lotion using Olivem 1000 – modifying the formula

On Sunday, we started designing this Olivem 1000 lotion with an eye to including lovely ingredients to create a mostly natural, green, ECOcert, readily biodegradable, super creamy lotion. Yesterday, I shared a formula from a class I held at Windy Point Soap in Calgary on the weekend. Today, let’s take a look at a few...

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I’m like a kid in a candy store at Windy Point Soap: Making an ECOcert lotion using Olivem 1000 – the formula

I’m still having so much teaching classes at Windy Point Soap in Calgary, and I wanted to share a formula we made yesterday in the ECO products class. If you want to join in on the fun, click here to see the other classes I’m offering this week as well as some offered by other instructors....

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I’m like a kid in a candy store at Windy Point Soap: Making an ECOcert lotion using Olivem 1000 

I’m still having so much teaching classes at Windy Point Soap in Calgary, and I wanted to share a formula we made yesterday in the ECO products class. If you want to join in on the fun, click here to see the other classes I’m offering this week as well as some offered by other...

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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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Experiments in the workshop: Emulsified sugar scrub variations – modifying the emulsifier

I realized I was burning through a lot of these terms over the last two weeks, so I wanted to stop and take a look at what all this stuff we’ve been talking about means in terms of our products and our experiences as I think the best way to learn is to read something,...

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Experiments in the workshop: Emulsified sugar scrub variations – modifying the fatty alcohol

Last week, we took a look at making this luscious emulsified scrub with tucuma butter & babassu oil. Today, let’s look at a few ways we could modify it! Let’s take some of the concepts we discussed in today’s other post – Defining some cosmetic chemistry terms: Spreadability, play time, cushion, drag, and melt point –...

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Experiments in the workshop: Emulsified sugar scrub with tucuma butter & babassu oil 

I love emulsified scrubs so much! They’re relatively easy to make – melt, freeze, mix, package, use – and you can make so many changes to alter the skin feel and everything else! You’ll notice this formula is quite similar to the emulsified scrub bar I made back in July, and that’s because I wanted a...

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