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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Conferences and cancellations

As you may have read on the SwiftCraftyMonkey Facebook page, on March 29th I had to cancel my attendance at the 2018 conference in Atlanta due to these ongoing muscle spasms I’m enjoying so much. Because the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild felt that cancelling with five weeks’ notice because I’m in agonizing pain was a “hardship...

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Disclaimer: A few words about links and my relationships with suppliers

When I mention a company or provide you with a link to a shop, I’m doing it so you know where to get ingredients or to help you on your search for cool stuff. You will never find affiliate links, ads, or sponsored posts on this blog. If I say I like something, you know...

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Happy National Cupcake Day!

A few years ago, Raymond commented that everything in our house smells like cupcakes or looks like cupcakes, but nothing tastes like cupcakes. He’s not wrong! We tried doing cake decorating with our youth program, and I tried to test whether the icing was done by smearing it all over my hand. Oh, right! Kitchenaid...

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Facebook arguments, being wrong, and penetration enhancers…

Okay, so I kinda kicked a hornets’ nest on Facebook last night – click here to see that post – by sharing my thoughts on something I read in a magazine. Here’s what I wrote… Thought for the day: I read that old myth of “much of what we put on our skin is absorbed...

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Various & sundry things: Moisturizing for baldy heads, link to article, and the freezing point of urine

I am so bored lying here on the couch on my heating pad as my back pain continues. I went for an epidural on Saturday and have a second scheduled for this upcoming Saturday, but it’s still too painful to stand for more than a few minutes or sit for a while. I have another...

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Comments, foaming bath butter, and your thoughts on re-using containers

Holy cow! I’m away from the comments sections for a few days – I was teaching a Valentine’s Day class at Voyageur Soap & Candle on Saturday, and writing non-blog related things Sunday while resting my arm a bit and looking after Raymond, who’s fighting off some virus and feeling lousy – and you’ve all...

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These are a few of my favourite new things in 2017 – part two: surfactants

On December 31st, I shared with you a few of my favourite new ingredients from 2017. What else did I like? New favourite surfactant: Okay, this one is super hard as I have added at least 16 new surfactants to my workshop this year. How about I break it down into surfactant and surfactant blend?...

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These are a few of my favourite new ingredients in 2017 – part one

T I’ve more than 400 new ingredients – not including micas, colourants, glitters, fragrance oils, or essential iols – including so many new surfactants, surfactant thickeners, cold lotion emulsifiers, conditioners, cationic polymers, preservatives, humectants, silicones, esters, oils, butters, extracts & hydrosols, proteins, cosmeceuticals & complexes, emulsifiers, and more, some of which I have yet to inventory!...

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A look back at 2017: The stats!

As we all do as December winds down, I’ve been thinking about this year. I posted 187 posts on the blog this year as of December 28th. (Some of these overlap the Patreon posts, and I don’t have the energy to figure out what is what, so I won’t calculate the word count for this...

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