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 … Read more

Member exclusive: Making lotions using Varisoft EQ 65 (part one)

In the January Patreon Q&A, Emmi asked how we could incorporate water soluble ingredients into lotion bars, then casually mentioned she had Varisoft EQ 65 that she might be able to use as an emulsifier. Yes, this is possible, as we saw in this solid scrub bar! We’ve made so many lotions using cationic quaternary...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Making conditioners with Varisoft EQ 65 – the formula

In the first post of this series, we met Varisoft EQ 65 and in the second post in the series, we compared it to ICE Hair restore and a few other conditioners. In today’s post, let’s take a look at a conditioner formula I’m absolutely loving right now! Remember to follow all the instructions exactly...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Varisoft EQ 65 – all kinds of questions (part two)

As we saw in the previous post, Varisoft EQ 65 is an awesome conditioning ingredient that just needs a little more care and attention when you’re formulating with it. Let’s continue with the question JW posted in the Patreon January Q&A: I have fine hair so I’m interested in Varisoft EQ 65. How is it finicky?...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Varisoft EQ 65 – all kinds of questions (part one)

In the January Q&A, JW asked: I have fine hair so I’m interested in Varisoft EQ 65. How is it finicky? Can I use it without having a pH meter? How does it compare to ICE Hair Restore? I also have oily scalp so that is pretty awesome deal with when I have fine hair. Let’s...

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Member exclusive Q&A: What’s the recommended pH range for hair care products?

In the December Q&A on Patreon, Marta asked: What is the lowest recommended pH for hair care products?  I’ve made your Varisoft EQ65 Basic Conditioner (Shiny Things, Volume 1; pg 30) twice (plus other ingredients of course).  (Yes, Varisoft EQ 65 is incredible.  I plan on using it in all conditioners from now on.)  Without...

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