What’s happening with Patreon and memberships?

As you probably know, we’re done with Patreon around here because their defective plug in didn’t work, which meant you couldn’t log in properly to see member only posts. Raymond worked day and night to set up a membership system on the blog, so you can log in here instead, which is awesome! So what … Read moreWhat’s happening with Patreon and memberships?

Member exclusive: Do you have questions about surfactants and/or thickeners?

I’ve been working on these posts about all the new surfactants and thickeners I have for almost a year, and every time I think I’m ready to share, I end up down a rabbit hole as I follow my curiosity for a few hours as it’s just such an interesting topic. I think I know...

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Member exclusive: How to log into the blog for the month of April 2018

Okay, so here’s how to log into the blog! If you have an account with the blog… If you’re on a computer or in a browser, In the menu bar, mouse over “buy courses & e-books” and you’ll see the bit that says “my account“. Scroll down and click on that. It’ll ask for a log-in, … Read moreMember exclusive: How to log into the blog for the month of April 2018

Member exclusive video: Small alterations in the type of fragrance oil you use can make a massive difference in viscosity

It’s pretty incredible to see how changing one small thing – the type of fragrance oil you use – can make such a huge difference in the viscosity of surfactant based products, like bubble baths, body washes, cleansers, and more. In the video below, I used this formula for my ultra bubbly bubble bath. I thickened...

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Member exclusive: Potential duplication of Bath & Body Works CocoShea Honey Shower Jelly (part two)

In yesterday’s post, part one of the potential duplication of Bath & Body Works CocoShea Honey Shea shower jelly, we started analyzing the ingredient list for this product. Today, let’s look at a few other things so we can create a potential formula. When I’m duplicating my third step is to figure out what’s really...

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Member exclusive: Potential duplication of Bath & Body Works CocoShea Honey Shower Jelly (part one)

In the April duplicating post, Lisa asked if we could take a look at duplicating Bath & Body Works CocoShea Honey Shower Jelly. Sure! Let’s give it a shot! The selling point of this product is that it’s a body wash that’s a fun jelly. Not as jelly as the Lush Shower Jellies, but so jelly...

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Membership exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part eight – analyzing a few combination of anti-aging ingredients

Yesterday, we reviewed some ingredients that might be considered to be anti-aging actives. Let’s review a few more today! Previous posts in this series: What’s a cosmeceutical? Part one – definitions What’s a cosmceutical? Part two – categories  What’s a cosmeceutical? Part three – things to consider when formulating What’s a cosmeceutical? Part four –...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part five – the formula

Over the last few days, we’ve been looking at cosmeceuticals to find some kind of answer to the question – what’s the limit on using these kinds of active ingredients? Yesterday, we looked at some ingredients we might like to use together to see if they were compatible. They were, so let’s take a look...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part four – considering a formula

Let’s analyze a potential formula here to see if I can include all the ingredients I want. In yesterday’s post, we set out a list of things to consider when making something, and I’ll review that after we consider all our products… If I were to make an oil free gel for my rosacea prone...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s a cosmeceutical? What’s an active? And how much can we use of these things in combination? Part three – things to consider when formulating

On November 27th, we started this review of cosmeceuticals by looking at different definitions. On Sunday, December 3rd we established different categories for these ingredients. Let’s continue this discussion… Here’s the problem with these categories: They can be a bit vague. What does anti-aging mean? It means that something might treat the signs of aging, like age spots,...

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