Iron Chemist: Lanolin

Welcome to Workshop Stadium. This week the Chairman, Raymond (my lovely husband), has chosen the sixth Iron Chemist ingredient – Lanolin! Here are the rules. (Click here for the long version.) Raymond rolled a seven, which means he chose from the assorted butters and things that haven’t been put away properly box. I have until next…...

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Iron Chemist results: Floraesters IPJ

As I’ve mentioned repeatedly (and probably annoyingly) this week, work has been incredibly busy and I’ve had little time to play in the workshop. As a result, I failed in making the two Iron Chemist products this week. I did make one, but I didn’t make a second – but I plan to do that…...

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Iron Chemist: Floraesters IPJ

Welcome to Workshop Stadium. This week the Chairman, Raymond (my lovely husband), has chosen the fifth Iron Chemist ingredient – Floraesters IPJ! Here are the rules. (Click here for the long version.) Raymond rolled an eight, which means he chose an ingredient from the sample box in my workshop. I have until next Saturday, January 29th,…...

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Iron Chemist results: Rice bran oil

Another week, another Iron Chemist challenge!. I love rice bran oil and use it by the bucketload in so many products I make, so it was hard to create two products in which I could use it in a different way. I chose to add to the challenge this week and attempt to duplicate two products…...

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Iron Chemist: Rice bran oil

Welcome to Workshop Stadium. This week the Chairman, Raymond (my lovely husband), has chosen the fourth Iron Chemist ingredient – rice bran oil! Here are the rules. (Click here for the long version.) Raymond rolled a 3, which means he chose an ingredient from the third box in my workshop, the oil box. He chose…...

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Iron Chemist results: LSB

Well, this was an interesting week and I didn’t think I’d meet the challenge*, but I managed to pull it off by Saturday! This week’s challenge was all about LSB, a surfactant blend of SLSa and DLS mild from Stepan (click here for more information and the rules of the challenge). *I’ve been messing around…...

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Iron Chemist: LSB

Welcome to Workshop Stadium. This week the Chairman, Raymond (my lovely husband), has chosen the third Iron Chemist ingredient – LSB (surfactant from Stepan). I’m grateful he chose this one; I accidentally bought two bottles of it, forgetting I had already purchased the first, so I have tons with which I can play! Here are…...

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Iron Chemist results: SCI

Last Sunday, my lovely husband chose SCI as the ingredient for this week’s Iron Chemist! And here are the results! SYNDET BODY BAR50% SCI33% SLSa10% cocamidopropyl betaine3% cocamide DEA2% glycol distearate2% fragrance oil Weigh the SCI and cocamidopropyl betaine in a heatproof container and place into the double boiler. Weigh the cocamide DEA and glycol…...

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Iron Chemist: Sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI)

Welcome to Workshop Stadium. This week the Chairman, Raymond (my lovely husband), has chosen the second Iron Chemist ingredient – sodium cocoyl isethionate.  Here are the rules. Every week I will ask my husband to choose a number between 1 and 10. These represent boxes of supplies in my workshop. Once he has chosen a…...

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Iron Chemist results: Sodium lactate

So this week’s Iron Chemist challenge was to make at least two products with sodium lactate. I admit this was a very hard ingredient to use because I use it in just about everything, so how am I to come up with some new ways of using it? I can’t use it in a rinse…...

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