Links to lists!

If you take a look to your right, you’ll see the links to lists section of the blog. I’ve created a permanent link to all the essential oil posts and I’ll be updating the sections as I write the posts. Blogger’s been kind enough to give us 20 pages that we can keep in this…...

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Dove’s beauty bar…just a few thoughts

I’m really frustrated right now by the Dove commercial in which they show a bar of soap looking all wizened and dried out, then imply this is what said bar will do to your skin. My skin is not like soap, and the appearance of the product I use to clean it has nothing to…...

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Where to get esters in the UK? and downloadable European suppliers’ list

Eucalypta asks for help in this post: Now I’m desperately searching for a supplier of esters in the EU. Would be thankful for a hint. Can anyone help? Comment here! And Eucalypta (aka Corry) has put together this wonderful downloadable list of suppliers in Europe, which will be perma-linked in the free downloadable PDFs section of the blog…...

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The chemistry of our nails: Wrap-up

Well, that’s it for nails for now. Here’s a quick set of links on this topic… Chemistry of nailsLecithinLanolinFormulating a balm with lanolin and lecithinFormulating a whipped butter with lanolin and lecithinFormulating a lotion bar with lanolin and lecithinOil based scrubsIncorporating water soluble ingredients in an anhydrous creationOther ideas for nail products… You are not...

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Back to basics: Wrap up and link-o-rama

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of posts on anhydrous products. These recipes are great for beginners or those who wish to avoid using preservatives. And if you’re a veteran, why not try your hand at these products again? I know I’ve been reminded of how decadent a rich, whipped butter can feel or how…...

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Back to basics: Lotion bars – wrap-up and link-o-rama!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of posts on lotion bars. If you’re a beginner, I hope you’ve learned enough to try a few variations of these wonderfully simple and awesome bars. If you’re a veteran, I hope I’ve given you a few ideas on how to see the humble lotion bar in a different…...

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Mother’s day is almost here!

If you’re in North America, you know Mother’s Day is this Sunday! I love holidays like this. Much like birthdays, it’s a chance to celebrate someone you love by offering up presents and good food and spend a little time together. So what are you making for your mom or maternal figure this week? My…...

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The importance of preservatives

I found this little video on Cosmeticsinfo.org and thought I would share it with you! (Click on the “Importance of Preservatives” video on the right hand side.) Even though the mould appears in splotches on day 8, there’s a lot of contamination going on that we can’t see in the days beforehand. Yes, I know…...

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Chocolate making in Abbotsford!

I hope you had fun last night, despite the melting mess ups with the microwave! But there are no such things as mistakes, just things we know don’t work! Remember the techniques we learned last night can be applied to dark and milk chocolate – we used white so we could have fun with colours…...

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A few links from this blog on lotions…

Apparently the exciting sinus infection from which I’ve been suffering since mid-August has set me into migraine mode, which is making me feel horrible and grumpy. (My last migraine was 1996 and before then I’d only had maybe 4 or 5, so it’s a whole new fun experience remembering why they were so awful!) So…...

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