Happy National Craft Month 2015!

Woo! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! National Craft Month! The time to make time to craft and make things. If you’re new to the idea of making bath & body products, may I suggest a few projects for you? Bath bombs: You can’t go wrong with bath bombs! They’re easy to make...

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How do I modify a recipe when I add or remove an ingredient?

Let’s take a look today at altering recipes as there have been a lot of questions about this lately. (Original post can be found here…) Let’s say I have this recipe from this post: SWIFT’S BASIC HAND LOTION FORMULA69.5% water15% oil5% butter3% cetyl alcohol or stearic acid6% Polawax1% fragrance oil0.5% liquid Germall Plus Please use...

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What ingredients do you need if you’re starting out? Lotions

I’m excited that you’re thinking about making a lotion! They are such great products, and after you’ve made one for the first time, you won’t be so scared about making it again! I encourage you to follow the recipe and instructions exactly the first time you make it, and keep loads of notes so you...

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What ingredients should you buy if you’re starting out? Anhydrous products!

Someone – sorry, can’t remember who – suggested I write some posts about what to buy when you’re starting out. This is a very big question, and it depends upon the product you’re making. Let’s take a look at anhydrous products.  Anhydrous means “without water”, so anhydrous products are ones we make with oil soluble...

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Newbie equipment: What do you really need?

I’m asked all the time what we need to get started in making our own bath and body products, so I thought I’d write up a list of what I think is essential! A digital scale. This is the one piece of equipment you can’t be without! A good recipe is written in percentages or...

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Vitamin E is NOT a preservative and you don’t have to add a preservative to an anhydrous product (updated)

Vitamin E is not a preservative. It is an anti-oxidant. An anti-oxidant will slow down the rancidity of your oils. A preservative prevents the contamination of your product by things like bacteria, yeast, or mold. Vitamin E will not prevent contamination of your products, but it will retard the rancidity of the oils in your...

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More posts for beginners!

I’ve noticed that quite a few beginners are visiting the blog – welcome! – so I thought I’d put together some beginner level posts to help you get addicted…ahem, I mean interested in this wonderful hobby of making bath & body products. I’ll be adding this permanently to the newbies section of the blog, and...

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Question: Can I add glycerin to a lotion bar?

In this post on lotion bars, anonymous asks: How can you get glycerin to mix in a lotion bar? Do I heat to a certain temperature? Mix the wax and glycerin first before I put in my heated oils? Help I love glycerin in all my products. If you are wondering if you can mix...

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Weekend Wonderings: Learning to make substitutions for ingredients and using decyl glucoside as a surfactant

I have to ask this question as well – if you are a beginner, why are you trying to make products from scratch? I’ve been getting quite a few e-mails and comments from people who are creating their own recipes and wondering why they won’t work. Please please please find a tried and true recipe...

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Weekend Wonderings: Back to basics with glycerin and preservatives in anhydrous products

In this post on making a body butter, Tessa asks: Why is glycerin part of the water phase and not of the oil phase? What happens if I increase the percentage of glycerin? If I’m going to make castor oil and mineral oil, vitamin E and titanium dioxide part of the recipe, in which phase do I...

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