Digest of posts from January 27th to February 2nd, 2018

Welcome to the digest for the new blog for January 27th to February 2nd, 2018. As you’ll see, I’ve had a super busy week thanks to my new contacts! I’ve been able to sit in my lovely chair and write for hours with these new ones, which is just such a wonderful feeling!

I’m declaring February to be my “rabbit hole month”, and I’ll be sharing all kinds of things I’ve learned by following my curiosity to its logical end point, so look for tons of posts over on the new blog about all kinds of things, like ingredient write ups, formulas, and concepts that help is make more awesome products.

What can you expect from the new blog this month? If you’re a Patreon subscriber, I’ll be sharing my micellar water formulas this month! I’ve spent the last 18 months working on a few of them that my guinea pigs…I mean, my testers…have enjoyed! Woo! As well, we’ll be taking a look at creating a cleansing balm, making lotions using Varisoft EQ 65, and learning more about charcoal. I’ve been playing with all kinds of small mixers, and I’ll be sharing those results with you this month!

Have I mentioned how inspired and happy I am with the new blog? I’m so excited to see all of you over there, talking, discussing, sharing, and wondering! 

If you’re a $10 Patreon subscriber, Lotioncrafter is offering a lovely 7% coupon this month. Jen must really love us, eh?

Here’s the digest of the links for posts on the new blog for January 29th to February 2nd, 2018!

Patreon means this is a Patreon exclusive post, and you have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it. (As a note, you can subscribe for as little as $1 a month to access the blog! Click here to learn more.)

Patreon Q&A means this is a question someone posed on Patreon and I’m answering it. You have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it.

If it doesn’t say Patreon on it after January 1st, it means it’s open to everyone.

Administrative stuff means stuff about the blog, like how things work or will work.

Discussion is an open thread where I hope to see your comments, thoughts, or questions, although you’re welcome to share on any post over there.

January 27th
Patreon Q&A: What’s the deal with the emulsifier, Crodex A (INCI: Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), which we might find in Lush products?

Patreon Q&A: Should Natragem EW be used with a thickener?

January 28th
Patreon Q&A: What’s the difference between caprylic/capric triglycerides and squalane?

Patreon duplication: Youth to the People Kale + Green Tea Spinach Vitamins Age Prevention Cleanser (part three)

January 29th
Patreon Q&A: Creating less greasy feeling, more glidy lotion bars? A few thoughts and a formula

Patreon Q&A: How can we incorporate water soluble ingredients into lotion bars?

January 30th
Patreon Q&As: Do surfactants have a shelf life? Can we mix powdered extracts with oil? Do you have micellar water formulas?

Patreon Q&A: How to incorporate water soluble ingredients into anhydrous bars using an emulsifier

January 31st
Patreon: What should be the final pH of our finished products using fruit acid extract?

February 1st
Patreon: What should the final pH of our finished products using willow bark?

February 2nd
Discussion: What piece of equipment are you hankering for?

Welcome to February! 

Patreon: February duplicating posts

Patreon: February Q&A

Patreon: Lotioncrafter coupon