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Present ideas for crafters - mixers!

Yesterday, we made some suggestions for gifts you could give to your favourite crafter. I can\'t believe I forgot all about mixers! Click here for an...
16-11-2017 22:06

Christmas present ideas for the crafters in your world - stu

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 & ...
15-11-2017 22:06

Question from Patreon: How can I make a shower gel concentra

In the September Patreon Q&A, Sally asked: How can i make a shower gel concentrate"  I want to be able I want to make a large batch using some sci wh...
13-11-2017 22:10

I have removed all the charts from this blog - updated on No

I have removed all the charts I created for oils, butters, preservatives, and more as well as all the free PDF tutorials and handouts as I\'m tired of...
12-11-2017 22:06

Question from Patreon: Is there a limit to how much carbomer

In the November Q&A on Patreon, Sawyer asked: Are there limits to how much carbomer can be used in a oil in water face cream" It seems to be a common ...
10-11-2017 22:05

Question from Patreon: Will my oils be diminished by heating

In the November Q&A on Patreon, Ingrid asked: I understand the heat and hold process when making lotions and creams. Can you please tell me if I do th...
09-11-2017 22:05

From the pages of Patreon: How do I emulsify silicones and o

In the Q&A thread for October on Patreon, Lisa asked: I?m trying to emulsify silicones and oils. They keep separating. No water phase. Just silicones ...
03-11-2017 22:08

I have removed all the charts from this blog

I have removed all the charts I created for oils, butters, preservatives, and more as well as all the PDF tutorials and handouts as I\'m tired of seei...
02-11-2017 22:08

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas: Whipped butters

Is it" It\'s not even Hallowe\'en yet! But for us crafty types, we need to start planning early! If you\'re a soaper, your busy season started in Augu...
30-10-2017 22:15

Pumpkin spice latte lotion with Penstia powder

We\'ve had some fun with coffee butter over the last month. We made a whipped vanilla latte coffee butter for National Coffee Day in September, and ma...
29-10-2017 22:10

Mmm...pumpkin spice latte lotion!

Check out this quick, cold emulsifier lotion using coffee butter! (I\'m not able to type much due to my arm injury, so please do a search for the ingr...
27-10-2017 22:02

Experiments in the workshop: "Magnesium oil" gel w

A few weeks ago, we met this new gelling ingredient, Siligel  I\'ve made a gel with it and magnesium chloride, often called "magnesium oil" as it can...
25-10-2017 22:04

More comments and thoughts...

Leave in conditioners that you find on this blog are supposed to be thin enough to spray from a mister bottle. (That\'s the one on the far right.) I\'...
21-10-2017 22:06

Thank you all so much...

Thank you all so much for your lovely and thoughtful words about my recent post about taking a break. I feel so honoured that you think so kindly abou...
19-10-2017 22:06

I'm not available for a bit...

I\'m taking some time away from the blog to heal from an arm injury that has left me unable to type and to honour the anniversary of my mom\'s death l...
13-10-2017 22:07

Weekend Wonderings: How much preservative to use in an emuls

In this post, Using black cocoa butter in emulsified scrubs, Vintage Blue asked: If I\'m reading this right the preservative goes into the mix before ...
07-10-2017 22:06

Stuff I thought was interesting in your comments...

In this post, Newbie equipment, Chinny asked: What are the cup-like things in the second picture" I guess they are heat proof"They are! These are tri-...
06-10-2017 22:06

Why did I buy that again" Siligel

This is a neat new gelling agent that\'s considered green, eco-friendly, and natural. Siligel (INCI: Xanthan Gum (and) Lecithin (and) Sclerotium Gum (...
06-10-2017 22:06

A few thoughts on how to work with and melt SCI and how to c

Hi everyone! I\'m up to mid-September in the comments, and I continue to work through them. Thanks for your patience. A few thoughts: Why does everyo...
05-10-2017 22:04

Question from Patreon: How does a mud cleanser clean your sk

In September Q&A for Patreon, Jaime asked: How on does May Lindstrom\'s Honey Mud cleanse your skin without a surfactant" Ingredients: Raw Honey w/Bee...
04-10-2017 22:11

My new e-zine is available - Shiny Things, volume 1: Ingredi

I\'m super excited to share my new e-zine, Shiny Things, volume 1: Ingredients that distracted me. In this month\'s e-zine, chock full of new ingredie...
03-10-2017 22:08

Happy National Coffee Day! Celebrate with a whipped vanilla

Let\'s get formulating with coffee butter! We met this interesting ingredient yesterday, and I think we can make some luxurious whipped butters good e...
30-09-2017 22:12

Happy National Coffee Day! Celebrate with coffee butter!

I admit it: I don\'t like coffee. My parents were very British, and we were a family of tea drinkers, so I didn\'t get much exposure to coffee until m...
29-09-2017 22:14

Check out my classes at Voyageur Soap & Candle in October!

I can\'t believe I haven\'t posted about the classes at I\'m teaching at Voyageur Soap & Candle in Surrey, B.C., starting on Monday!We\'ll have more ...
29-09-2017 22:14

We're home!

Oh my gosh, did we have fun at Windy Point Soap in Calgary! The classes were so much fun - we had a blast playing with new ingredients like  coffee b...
27-09-2017 22:16

Woo! Check out the schedule at Voyageur Soap & Candle!

The class schedule at Voyageur Soap & Candle is up for anyone who wants to take classes with me in Surrey, B.C. in October.We\'ll be doing the day lon...
20-09-2017 22:19

Join me on social media while we're travelling

Hi everyone! I\'m off to Windy Point Soap in Calgary to teach some classes, and posting here can be difficult as the Blogger app crashes constantly an...
20-09-2017 22:19

A few thoughts for the day on Honeyquat, alcohol, and solubi

For a while there, it seemed like honeyquat smelled like dead plastic fish and I couldn\'t use it in anything, even things that had loads of fragrance...
18-09-2017 22:16

Weekend Wondering: What is the "dump and heat" met

In the September Q&A on Patreon, Allison asked: I recently read an article on the blog for Majestic Mountain Sage where they advocate what they refer ...
17-09-2017 22:07

Comment catchup: Spectrastat G2 and bath bombs

In this post on Spectrastat G2, Ally D shared, So far I have had success with this in my shampoos. However, at 1% usage (recommended usage is 1-1.2%)...
16-09-2017 22:13

Weekend Wonderings: Does "safe for colour treated hair&

In September\'s Q&A on Patreon, Doris asked: Does "safe for color-treated hair" on shampoos have any real meaning"  Are there any common surfactants ...
16-09-2017 22:13

Experiments in the workshop: Stearamidopropyl dimethylamine

When I find a new ingredient, I do a search of all the materials on my computer or iPad, then I look for prototype formulas to give me an idea of what...
15-09-2017 22:12

OH MY GOSH! Dr Joe is speaking at the Canadian conference!

OH MY GOSH! Dr Joe Schwarcz, chemistry professor and science educator from McGill University, is the keynote speaker at the Handcrafted Bath & Body Gu...
15-09-2017 22:12

Why did I buy that again" Stearamidopropyl dimethylamin

I\'ve had requests to formulate with this ingredient for years, but we can\'t get it in Canada, so I didn\'t order it. During our weeks of being snowe...
14-09-2017 22:11
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13-09-2017 22:13

Weekday Wonderings: Is emulsifying wax part of the oil phase

In this post, How can you tell it\'s a good recipe", Connie asked, I am confused, however, about the percent of emulsifier relates to total percent. I...
11-09-2017 22:11

Weekend Wonderings: Why don't we measure by volume" and

In this post, Creating products: A moment or two about recipes, Caroline said, I like using weight measurement for recipes because it is so much easie...
10-09-2017 22:07
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08-09-2017 22:05

Update on comments...

I\'m working my way through the comments. I think I\'m up to September 1st - woo! - so please bear with me as it takes quite some time to answer what ...
08-09-2017 22:05

Weekend Wonderings: Making clay masks and using essential oi

In this question, Newbie Tuesday: Turning your cleanser into an exfoliating cleanser, Jessica asks: I am actually working on something at home and I h...
07-09-2017 22:06

Weekday Wonderings: Liquid Germall Plus, and a thought about

In this post, Preservatives: Phenoxyethanol, Paola asked: Quick question Re: Liquid Germal Plus... It\'s my favourite preservative to use...however, ...
06-09-2017 22:10

I'm teaching at Windy Point September 23rd & 24th

I\'m so excited to be returning to Windy Point Soap in Calgary, Alberta, on September 23rd and 24th to teach four half day classes!Solid shampoo and c...
06-09-2017 22:10

I'm presenting at the HBBG & HSCG conference in Toronto in J

The excitement just doesn\'t stop around here lately! I\'m so excited to be presenting at the 2018 conference held by the Handmade Bath & Body Guild a...
06-09-2017 22:10

Weekday Wonderings: Can we make a shampoo bar without cocami

In this post on shampoo bars, Bella asked: Is it ok to make a syndet shampoo bar without cocamidopropyl betaine" Everyone makes it seem like an imposs...
06-09-2017 22:10

Weekday Wonderings: Adding SCI to oils to create a cleanser&

I\'m trying so hard to get through your comments, but I\'m still back in June. There are just so many good ones, it\'s hard to answer them with a quic...
05-09-2017 22:10

Weekday Wonderings: Why do my salts turn to mush when I use

In this post, Why do my Dead Sea salts get wet", C commented: Something similar happens to me every time a make my foot bath salts, the whole mixture ...
05-09-2017 22:10

Check out my new e-zine - AHA, salicylic acid, and Vitamin C

I\'m so excited about this new e-zine on AHAs, salicylic acid, and Vitamin C with 48 pages of brand new formulas and write ups! I\'ve been working wit...
04-09-2017 22:05

Questions from Patreon: Retin A, retinol, and retinoids (par

Last Thursday, we started looking at retin A, retinol, retinoids, Vitamin A, and carotenoids, so let\'s resume that fascinating topic!In the August ...
04-09-2017 22:05

Questions from Patreon: Retin A, retinols, and retinoids (pa

In the August Q&A on Patreon, Mildred asked: Question pls: Can I use a glycolic toner followed by a Retin A cream" I read a blog that these two needs ...
31-08-2017 22:06

Why did I buy that again" Hydroxyethylcelullose

If you are reading this on Blog Lovin\', please note they are exploiting my work without permission for their monetary gain. I have expressly forbidde...
28-08-2017 22:05

The new e-zine is here for my Patreon subscribers

If you\'re a $10 Patreon subscriber for the month of August, look for the new e-zine, AHA, Salicylic Acid, and Vitamin C, Oh My!, starting today. It\'...
27-08-2017 22:11

It's too hot to craft: Summery floral gel

I\'ve never really thought of myself as a floral kind of person, but it turns out I really love rose, rose geranium, and gardenias far more than I tho...
23-08-2017 22:07

Using 100x or 200x aloe vera powder in our products

In yesterday\'s post on cooling sprays, I used aloe vera 200x powder, which is a concentrated powdered extract that we can dissolve into water to make...
22-08-2017 22:11

It's too hot to craft: Peppermint & chamomile cooling spray

If you\'ve read this blog for any length of time, you probably already know how much I hate the heat and how much I love cooling sprays. I love to cre...
21-08-2017 22:09

Weekend Wonderings: What's making my lotion sticky" (pa

Yesterday, we took a look at a formula submitted by BrNy to see what could be making her lotion sticky. Today, we\'ll see what we can do to reduce tha...
20-08-2017 22:03

Weekend Wondering: What's making my lotion sticky" (Par

In this post, Aristoflex AVC - light lotion with NAG, ceramides, and quaternized rice, BrNy asked: I know this is an old-ish post but thought I\'d try...
19-08-2017 22:05

It's too hot to craft: Cold process hair conditioners - part

Last Monday, we met a new, cold process conditioner I bought from Making Cosmetics called Ice Hair Restore (aka Gracefruit\'s EasyMix Smooth or Jeespe...
16-08-2017 22:15

Question: Is normal for products with citrus oils to go oran

In the August Q&A on Patreon, Anne asked: I am wondering why my room spray with citrus oils has turned orange. It smells perfectly fine and is preserv...
14-08-2017 22:08

Question from Patreon: What are these ingredients I found in

In the July Q&A on Patreon, Jaime asked: Can you tell me your thoughts on the following three ingredients and if there is a natural substitute" sorbet...
14-08-2017 22:08

Question from Patreon: Does polyquaternium 10 have a shelf l

In the July Q&A on Patreon, Belinda asked: I have two questions...1) do you know if polyquaternium 10 has an expiration date" I\'ve checked the websit...
14-08-2017 22:08

Question from Patreon: Are there any green alternatives to S

In July\'s Q&A on Patreon, Ingrid asked: I\'m investigating bath bombs and  more natural alternatives to using SLSa for bubbles. I\'ve seen bath bomb...
12-08-2017 22:05

It's too hot to craft: Cold process hair conditioners - part

On Monday, we met a new conditioning agent called ICE Hair Restore (aka Jeesperse ICE T CPCS or Gracefruit\'s EasyMix Smooth). And yesterday, we made ...
09-08-2017 22:10

It's too hot to craft: Cold process hair conditioners - part

Yesterday, we met a new hair conditioning ingredient, ICE Hair Restore (aka Jeesperse ICE-T CPCS or EasyMix Smooth from Gracefruit) INCI: Cetearyl alc...
08-08-2017 22:21

It's too hot to craft: Cold process hair conditioners - part

Is it possible to make hair conditioners without heating or holding" Why are you even asking this question" What madness is this, Swift"I bought this ...
07-08-2017 22:03

It's too hot to craft: Introduction

I hate summer. I hate the heat, I hate the sun and the way sunscreen makes me break out, I hate the mosquitoes and having to smell like Off, I hate th...
05-08-2017 22:02

Question from Patreon: Can cocamidopropyl betaine be used as

In the July Q&A on my Patreon feed, Doris asked: I fell down this particular rabbit hole because I wanted to duplicate a simple shampoo that I love. (...
02-08-2017 22:04

Question from Patreon: How to use alcohol in a lotion"

On my Patreon feed page, Albert asked: If I wanted to make an after shave balm which includes some alcohol in it, my questions are: 1. In which of th...
02-08-2017 22:04

Question from Patreon: How to use alcohol in a lotion"

In yesterday\'s post, we took a look at how we might use alcohol in a lotion. In today\'s post, I thought I\'d shared a few ways you could incorporate...
02-08-2017 22:04

Bases for essential oil blends

I know making your ownYou can make a very simple oil blend by choosing an oil you love and adding an essential oil to it. For instance, let\'s say you...
31-07-2017 22:05

Lush's main emulsifier: Stearic acid and triethanolamine

One of the companies I\'m asked most about is Lush, and their products are the most requested duplications on my Patreon subscription page. (This mon...
31-07-2017 22:05

Questions from Patreon: When can you tinker with a finished

On my Patreon feed, Sally asked: Under what circumstances can you tinker with a "finished" product" For example, a batch of shampoo isn\'t as foamy as...
27-07-2017 22:06

Questions from Patreon: Why are you adding protein and panth

On my Patreon feed, Jennifer asked:  I saw (and like) the recipe you posted on the facial lotion (rosehip/calendula), and saw that you put the protei...
23-07-2017 22:10

Recipes from the 2017 HSCG conference: Rosehip & calendula m

On Monday, we met a new emulsifier, Simulgreen 18-2, and yesterday we created a facial moisturizer with it. Let\'s spend some time looking at why I ch...
19-07-2017 22:06

Recipes from the 2017 HSCG conference: Rosehip & calendula m

Yesterday, we met a neat new emulsifier, Simulgreen 18-2. Let\'s take a look at the facial moisturizer I created for my demonstration at the 2017 Hand...
18-07-2017 22:14

Here's a post about suppliers from which I've bought interes

I\'ve been on a bit of a buying binge lately as I have quite a lot of time to formulate in the next few weeks. I thought I\'d share with you a few int...
17-07-2017 22:06

Emulsifier: Simulgreen 18-2 - an ECOcert and Natrue certifie

I\'ve been working with this emulsifier for more than 18 months, and I\'m so excited to finally share it with you! Simulgreen 18-2 (INCI: Hydroxystea...
17-07-2017 22:06

Emollients: Plum kernel oil

I admit it, I\'m in love with plum kernel oil (INCI: Prunus domestica seed extract). It\'s light, non-greasy, and smells absolutely of almonds, althou...
14-07-2017 22:05

Emollients: Rosehip seed oil

Rosehip seed oil (INCI: Rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) seed oil)is a light, non-greasy feeling oil that not only moisturizes our skin but promotes a more e...
13-07-2017 22:10

Emollients: Chia seed oil

Chia seed oil is a light to medium, non-greasy oil derived from the seeds of the salvia hispanica flower, a member of the mint family.Is it wrong that...
12-07-2017 22:06
11-07-2017 22:05

Weekday Wonderings: All about conditioner bars!

Loads and loads of questions on making conditioner bars, so let\'s take a look at those!Here\'s my base recipe so you can follow along!SOLID CONDITION...
10-07-2017 22:06

Weekend Wonderings: How can I get my polysorbate 20 creation

In this post, Using polysorbates in our products, Jennifer asked: In making a room spray &/or bug spray I can\'t figure out the ratio to help my produ...
09-07-2017 22:07

Weekend Wonderings: Can we use Natrasorb Bath in facial mois

In this post on Natrasorb Bath, Lisa asked: Can Natrasorb bath be used in face moisturizers for oily skin to absorb sebum" Is Natrasorb Bath the same ...
08-07-2017 22:02

Recipes from the 2017 HSCG conference: Sweet almond & pomegr

I\'ve had such great feedback on this serum, so I\'m pleased as heck to share it with you. I\'ll share the recipe with you today, then go into more de...
27-06-2017 22:07

Thank to everyone...and a special offer if you subscribe thi

As a thank you to my lovely subscribers on Patreon at the $10 level, I\'m offering you your choice of 2 e-zines (your choice) or any one of my e-books...
27-06-2017 22:07

Weekday Wonderings: Substitutes for parabens in an emulsifie

In this post, One ingredient, ten products: Incroquat BTMS-50 in an emulsified scrub, Febe asks: Love the recipe. I am concerned about Phenonip and t...
26-06-2017 22:07

Question from Patreon: How to include many extracts in a pro

On my Patreon feed, Laura asked: Question about botanical extracts: I want to avoid using liquid extracts because mane contain Phenoxyethanol and my ...
25-06-2017 22:00

Weekend Wonderings: Can when and how we mix have an impact o

In this post, data sheets for Incroquat BTMS-50 note that we want to add the water and oil phases together at 75?C to 80?C, so for the best results, t...
24-06-2017 22:05
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22-06-2017 22:08

Weekday Wonderings: Can we make hydrolyzed silk at home"

In this post, Better living through chemistry: Hydrolyzed proteins, Nancy asks: Is it possible to hydrolyze tussah silk at home" I have the silk fiber...
21-06-2017 22:05
20-06-2017 22:07
19-06-2017 22:08

My new e-zine: Formulating with botanical extracts, part one

I wanted to share with you my new e-zine, Formulating with botanical extracts, part one. I\'m sharing what I know about various extracts, including go...
19-06-2017 22:08
17-06-2017 22:04

A point of interest: Solubilizers aren't emulsifiers...

At least once a week I have someone stop by the blog to ask why the product they\'re trying to make with polysorbate 80 is separating. Upon further in...
17-06-2017 22:04

Weekday Wonderings: How to use a solubilizer or Natrasorb Ba

I\'m still working through all your comments and messages, so here are a few more...In this post, Back to Basics: Bath bombs, Vintage Blue asked: I ha...
16-06-2017 22:03
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