Let’s make some soy candles!

I can’t believe I haven’t written very much about candle making! I’m not an expert on the topic by any means, but I’ve made more than my fair share of votives, tea lights, and wax tarts over the last 12 years, so I thought I’d share some of my formulas and ideas! Let’s take a…...

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Basic instructions for lotion making (updated)

These are what I consider to be the basic instructions for making lotions for most types of emulsifiers, including Polawax, emulsifying wax, Incroquat BTMS-50, Simulsol 165/Lotionpro™ 165, and more. Always check how the emulsifier you’re using needs to be used. I will be updating this with information on using things like Montanov 68, Olivem 1000,…...

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Creating a shampoo bar from scratch: Modifying the base formula with different surfactants

On Tuesday, we made it to the base formula for making pH balanced shampoo bars using ingredients that’d keep the pH in the right range for our hair of pH 4 to 7. Let’s take a look at some potential modifications for that formula. Here are the links we’ll be using as we make these…...

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Video: Make a sugared lip scrub!

At the HSCG conference in Las Vegas last year, I did a few instructional videos. Here’s the second one about making a lip scrub with just three ingredients! Click here for my instructional video! If you want more information, check out these posts… Yummy pear coconut lip scrub Jojoba and peppermint lip scrub Plumping peppermint…...

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My new SnapGuide – making a lip shimmer or coloured lip balm

I’ve been meaning to make some mineral make-up visual guides, so here is the first one! Want to learn more? Click on the MMU label or look under the links to lists on the right hand side of the blog. http://snapguide.com/guides/make-a-coloured-lip-balm… You are not logged in. This content is for $1 Level, $5 Level, $3 Level...

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I’ve written up a new SnapGuide – making soy wax tarts!

Can you tell I’m off work for the week? I’ve created a new SnapGuide visual tutorial on making soy candle wax tarts! I starting making these when my massage therapist mentioned how much she loved the idea but hated the fragrance choices, and I was so happy to see Voyageur Soap & Candle had the…...

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Creating whipped butters – a visual tutorial

This lying in bed in pain thing is really working for me! I’ve created another visual tutorial, making whipped butters, which you can find on SnapGuide. I have a few more ideas, but I’d like to know what you think would work as a visual tutorial. Let me know!… You are not logged in. This...

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New visual tutorial: Lotion bars!

I’m lying in bed with a spasming piriformis muscle, so I thought I’d write up another SnapGuide! This time we’re looking at lotion bars! The next one? Why whipped butters, of course! Just in time for the Newbie Tuesday post! I’m gathering new pictures for these tutorials, so let me know what you want to…...

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What do you think of this visual tutorial?

I found this thing called SnapGuide tonight, so I created a guide to making an emulsified sugar scrub. I’ll be posting more on my channel – which is under my name, Susan Barclay Nichols, not Swiftcraftymonkey – when I have time! I only have the one guide so far, but I would love to hear…...

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Not bath & body products for Christmas – cosmetic bag

I love this cosmetic bag pattern! I made a ton of them for the kids in my group last year, and I’m making some more this year because I love them so much! If you have the time and energy, make a lining for the bag. I take one to the gym every day, and…...

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