Everyone I know tells me it’s hard to shop for me as I make everything I want, so I thought I’d share a list of things you could buy for the bath & body crafter in your world.
I wrote about this topic a few years ago, and thought I’d update it for 2017. Please note I provide the links to online shops as a courtesy. None of these are affiliate links and I receive nothing if you click through and buy anything.
Heating and holding and melting solids slowly is easiest in a double boiler, and I’ve been using this Rival Fondue Pot as my double boiler for more than 11 years now. My favourite feature is the dial that allows me to choose my temperature, so I can boil the heck of something, then turn it down before the water starts jumping out of the pot.
I can fit two 1 litre beakers or two 500 ml Pyrex jugs in it, which is more than enough for my needs in my workshop.
A tiny scale that weighs to 0.1 grams or 0.01 grams. I’ve used a Salter diet scale from London Drugs for years, but the last few I’ve had were ruined during classes when someone poured melted butters or waxes on them. I’ve moved to this little scale, Smart Weigh ZIP300 Ultra Slim Digital Pocket Scale with Counting Feature, 300 by 0.01g, which I found on Amazon for $18.99.
You could also go into a hydroponic or head shop and get a very accurate scale there!
I think pH meters are essential pieces of equipment for those of us who want to move beyond using the basics to make facial products, hair care products, and more. I’ve done some testing of a few meters – which you’ll see on November 27, 2017 – and the two I like the best are the PH-200 from HM Digital and Jenco 630, but both of those will run you around $100 Canadian. For a less expensive one, consider the Etekcity – the yellow one in the middle – for about $30.
Check out Amazon or your local hydroponic shop to find some of these things.
A nice lab notebook where they can keep all their notes. I make my own as I really like Doane paper but don’t like their books, but you can get someone a really nice book with dot grid or graph paper that opens flat as it’s a serious pain in the bum to have to hold something down when you have a mixer in your other hand!
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