Happy National Sense of Smell Day!

My lovely colleague and future columnist for the blog, the amazing Ginger of Neos Skin Care, brought to my attention that it’s National Sense of Smell Day! (Click to see her Facebook page!) I’m always a huge fan of Yuzu or white chocolate from Voyageur Soap & Candle Company, and blood orange & goji and…...

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We’re in Manchester eating crisps and Cadbury bars…

Thank goodness I had my little carry on stash of travel essentials with me in our flight to Manchester via Amsterdam! Lip balm, hand lotion, body lotion, peppermint cooling spray, and more hand & body lotion: I can’t tell you how exhausted I am after two flights and a stop over on no sleep and…...

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Discussion: Suggestions for making a hot process dish soap?

In the February Q&A, Robin asked: I want to make a dish soap, one that cleans, degreases, has bubbles, smells good, and can be created using oils and can be done hot process. I have created many batches and still haven’t found my go to recipe. I want simple, that as I am working on…...

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It’s time for another round of “What the hell is this?”

Let’s play your favourite game and mine – What the hell is this? The rules are simple: Try to figure out what this is by reading the ingredient list and the “featured properties” information. Here’s the ingredient list! Filtered Water, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, Dead Sea salt, Acadian Sea Kelp, Citric Acid, Plant Glycerin •…...

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Visit Unicorn Chemist’s page to learn more about shea butter-coconut oil grains!

We were discussing the other day why an anhydrous product – I think it was a lip balm? – might end up with grains, and Unicorn Chemist, an expert on anhydrous products, is sharing her knowledge and microscopic slides with us today on her page. Definitely check it as it’s incredibly interesting! Don’t forget to…...

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So…wanna see our free online course?

You know how you’re always saying I should do an online course? Well, we kinda did. Jane of Making Skincare, Perry of Chemists’ Corner, and me, of this page – obviously – teamed up to bring you a free, online course as an introduction to cosmetic formulating! 🤘🏻 To enroll in the free online course,…...

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Potential duplication for Puritan’s Pride Hair Thickener & Conditioner (part one)

In the October 2018 duplicating post, Lisa asked about Puritan’s Pride Panthenol Hair Thickener and Conditioner. Let’s take a look at this to see what it’s all about! Add New Body to Lifeless Hair! Pamper your hair with Puritan’s Pride Hair Thickener & Conditioner. After continuous use, your hair will have more body, feel stronger, and look…...

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Where’s the emulsifier in the duplication of Evan Healy Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk? 

A few people in this post – Potential duplication of Evan Healy Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk (part four, the formula) – wanted to know what was the emulsifier. In the original formula, we find two anionic emulsifiers in the form of sodium lauroyl lactylate and sodium stearoyl lactylate. Copied from part one of this duplication… Sodium…...

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I’m having such a blast at Windy Point Soap!

We had so much fun at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies Inc. creating the men’s products today, so we’re doing more tomorrow with the facial products class! We have a spot or two free, so join us on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm to create a bunch of products in this hands-on class!…...

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Welcome to November 2018! 

Thank you so much for joining me this month on the blog! November is such a strange month to me as it’s pretty much a speed bump on our way to Christmas. If you go shopping today, it’s the first day you’ll hear Christmas music and see decorations and such, which I love but so…...

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