What questions do you have about shampoo bars?

I’m writing up the e-zine/e-book on making shampoo bars, and I wondered if you had any questions about them you’d like to see me answer. What intrigues you? What kinds of ingredients do you want to add?  Do you have questions about moulds, colours, fragrances, and more? Please share them in this post as soon...

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Hey, non $10 subscribers! The June e-zine is here!

If you’re a $10 subscriber, click now to see the post intended for you!  If you’re interested, check out the new e-zine, Surfactants, part one: A reference guide! Surfactants part one: A reference guide is your one stop reference for surfactants including thickeners, anionics, non-ionics, amphoterics, and blends. It also includes fundamental information required to...

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Math and active surfactant matter calculators

It seems that everyone wants to calculate the active surfactant matter in their surfactants before adding them to products. I’ve been loathe to suggest any calculators as I think we need to practice math to get better at it, and these calculations are much easier than you think. Example: If we have a surfactant than...

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Quick aside: What’s an INCI name?

INCI stands for International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients, and it’s the name we have to use if we were to sell a product or one we can read when deciding if we want to buy a product. Related posts: Learning this one weird trick will save you so much money! (Very detailed post) Reading the INCI...

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test post for the followers

This post is just a test for our WordPress.com followers to see how much of the post they can see in a Subscriber exclusive post. In fact you will find this first paragraph is about 73 words long and should stretch the limits of any summaries of this page. If you start seeing latin then...

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Don’t cancel Patreon here

To ensure subscribers get access to the same exclusive content there are membership levels at $1, $3, $5, and $10 which you can purchase directly here on the blog. These were made to correspond to the levels on Patreon. With Patreon & the Patreon plugin becoming so unreliable there are similar membership levels on the...

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Oops, this is embarrassing!

As you’ve probably noticed, I keep it pretty Rated E for Everyone around here language wise, but I’m more Rated M for Mature in real life. Sometimes sweary Susan spills over into the blog as I did with the new e-zine, and although I doubt any of us are shrinking violets who faint at the...

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Welcome to May 2018!

May is generally a good month for us. Raymond and I will be celebrating our 9th anniversary on May 16th (married 9 years, together 24), something we hope to celebrate with a night on the town full of headbanging and loud singing at the Slayer and Anthrax show in Vancouver, if I’m better by then....

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Discussion: How have you modified your formulas or workspace to accommodate your unique needs?

As you probably know, I’ve been pretty much stuck in bed or on the couch for more than 10 weeks now, and I’m running out of everything from conditioner to facial cleanser to foot cream and there is no way I can bring myself to buying any of those things! So I’ve been thinking of...

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Update on a whole bunch of things!

Sorry I haven’t shared much this week. I have been writing like crazy – answering some members’ Q&A, starting a huge series on the biology of our skin to get into how liposomes work and more on using ceramides, trying to figure out how to organize the series on surfactants and thickeners, writing up my...

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