Reading ingredient lists: The 1% or miscellaneous category

I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at ingredient lists again for a moment to get an idea of where the miscellaneous category begins. When we’re analyzing an ingredient list, it helps to know where the 1% section of the list comes in so we can figure out where they have used small amounts...

You are not logged in. This content is for $1 Level, $5 Level, $3 Level and $10 Level members only. Please login if you are a member.
Log InSubscribe

Weekend Wonderings: Sucragel, lecithin, and xanthan gum? Lotion bars without wax? How to mix 100 gram batches? Using meadowfoam seed oil neat!

It’s a long weekend around these parts – November 11th is a statutory holiday, so I’m off work – so I have time to answer more comments than usual! Let’s take a look at some quick questions and answers! CAN WE USE THE LECITHIN WE FIND AT THE HEALTH FOOD STORE?In this post, Chemistry Thursday:...

You are not logged in. This content is for $1 Level, $5 Level, $3 Level and $10 Level members only. Please login if you are a member.
Log InSubscribe

Choose your suppliers wisely!

Please buy your supplies from reputable suppliers. I’m not saying people on eBay aren’t reputable, but you can’t be sure exactly what you are getting or the shelf life of the product when you’re buying a product from an intermediary. Things might be mislabelled – are you sure this is e-wax NF or cetearyl alcohol?...

You are not logged in. This content is for $1 Level, $5 Level, $3 Level and $10 Level members only. Please login if you are a member.
Log InSubscribe

If you aren’t curious…

I have to confess I’m surprised at the lack of curiosity from some of the readers of this site. I link constantly in the posts I write, and I can’t believe how many comments or e-mail messages I see asking me questions that could have been answered by clicking on one of those links. (I’m...

You are not logged in. This content is for $1 Level, $5 Level, $3 Level and $10 Level members only. Please login if you are a member.
Log InSubscribe

Quick note for a long weekend Friday: Cetyl alcohol is not an emulsifier

Quite a few times in the last week I’ve seen cetyl alcohol referenced as an emulsifier, something that will bring oil and water together. It is not. It’s an oil soluble fatty alcohol that should be treated like you would an oil or anything oil soluble, which is to say you can use it in...

You are not logged in. This content is for $1 Level, $5 Level, $3 Level and $10 Level members only. Please login if you are a member.
Log InSubscribe

A quick note on coconut oil and warm temperatures!

I know everyone seems to love coconut oil these days – not sure why from a nutritional perspective as it’s a saturated fat, but I know all about the awesomeness it offers your hair – but remember that it has a low melting point of 24˚C or 76˚F, which means it’ll turn from a brittle...

You are not logged in. This content is for $1 Level, $5 Level, $3 Level and $10 Level members only. Please login if you are a member.
Log InSubscribe

Question for you: What do you think about testing kits?

In this post, Angela asks: I wanted to ask you about this testing kit from Saffire Blue, and if you thought that buying and using this type of kit was beneficial for a soap/lotion/shampoo/conditioner test rather than send the product to a lab to be tested. I think that it could save me some money as I...

You are not logged in. This content is for $1 Level, $5 Level, $3 Level and $10 Level members only. Please login if you are a member.
Log InSubscribe

Newbie Tuesday: Learning how to read a recipe and convert it into weighted measurements (updated)

You cannot make good bath and body products using volume measurements. It is hard to scale the ingredients to make smaller or larger batches, and, in general, people assume that volume is the same as weight. It is not, and it is vital for the success of your recipes that you get this concept! HOW...

You are not logged in. This content is for $1 Level, $5 Level, $3 Level and $10 Level members only. Please login if you are a member.
Log InSubscribe

Get into your workshop and play!

I know I sound like the 21st century equivalent of a broken record, but if you’ve been apprehensive about actually making something because you’re stuck formulating things on paper or you fear wasting supplies, you really need to get into your workshop and play! So many things we learn from being hands on like… I...

You are not logged in. This content is for $1 Level, $5 Level, $3 Level and $10 Level members only. Please login if you are a member.
Log InSubscribe

A few comments I missed: Preservatives

In this post, Shell asked: Hi, I’m VERY MUCH a newbie to making bath & body products. I would like to give them away as Christmas gifts but I cannot make them the night before… I also would like to tell the recipients of these gifts how long they will last and how to properly take...

You are not logged in. This content is for $1 Level, $5 Level, $3 Level and $10 Level members only. Please login if you are a member.
Log InSubscribe