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Digest of posts is no more...

I think last week was the last digest of posts as it can take upwards of two hours to gather all the information necessary to create one, and given ho...
13-04-2018 21:31

Digest of posts for March 24th to April 6th, 2018

Wow, so much has happened over the last week! As I mentioned in last week\'s digest, I\'ve had to cancel my attendance at the Handcrafted Soap & Cosm...
06-04-2018 21:33

Digest of posts, March 24 to 31,2018

There are so many posts from the last few days, and I am having trouble getting this post to look the way I want - which is to say, I?d like it not to...
01-04-2018 21:35

Digest for the new blog for March 18th to 23rd, 2018

I\'ve been having such great fun sharing micellar water formulas with you, as you can see from the list of posts for the last week! I\'ve had to stop ...
23-03-2018 21:37

Digest of links to the new blog for March 9th to March 17th,

We\'ve been whipping up a storm of exfoliating foaming bath butters and micellar waters over on the new blog, so I hope you\'ll join me on the new blo...
18-03-2018 21:36

Join us on the new blog for fun with exfoliants!

We\'re having fun over on the new blog creating exfoliating scrubs with jojoba beads!Suspending jojoba beads in foaming facial cleansers, including on...
12-03-2018 21:33

Weekly digest for March 3, 2018 to March 9th, 2018

We?re continuing to move things over from the old blog to the new, so you can find things like the ingredients and emollients list under ?resources? o...
09-03-2018 21:38

Weekly digest, February 25th to March 3rd, 2018

Weekly digest, February 25th to March 3rd, 2018Welcome to this week\'s digest of posts! I\'m sharing what\'s been going on over at the new blog with...
03-03-2018 21:30

Check out the $10 reward for Patreon subscribers this month!

As you probably know, I?ve been down for most of the month with searing muscle spasms that make it hard to sit up, and although I?ve been working on a...
25-02-2018 21:30

Weekly digest, February 17th to the morning of February 25th

Welcome to this week\'s digest of posts! I\'m sharing what\'s been going on over at the new blog with you on the old blog so those of you who receive ...
25-02-2018 21:30

Digest of posts from February 12th to February 19th, 2018

As I might have warned you, I\'ve been going down rabbit holes and following my curiosity as I answer your questions and share formulas I\'ve been wor...
21-02-2018 21:29

Over on the new blog, we love the love!

Join me on the blog for a Valentine\'s Day roller ball massage oil made with essential or fragrance oils or even some sweetened flavour oils. (Nudge n...
15-02-2018 21:29

It's all about the surfactants!

I\'ve been having a blast playing with all kinds of surfactants and thickeners over the last 18 months, and I\'m getting ready to share them with you ...
13-02-2018 21:29

A few thoughts and a digest of posts February 7th to Februar

I\'m sorry I haven\'t written more this week, but my lower back/hip has been killing me, making it hard to sit up or even balance my laptop on my knee...
11-02-2018 21:35

Digest of posts February 2nd to February 6th, 2018

I\'m having such great fun sharing those things I\'ve learned falling down rabbit holes as I research some of the questions you\'ve posed or ingredien...
06-02-2018 21:32

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! ...
02-02-2018 21:31

Digest of links for January 23rd to January 26th

It\'s been a slightly slower week for posts as I\'ve been working like a demon to get the new e-zine, Botanical Extracts, part two: Oil soluble extrac...
27-01-2018 21:30

Woo hoo! We have a schedule for classes at Voyageur Soap & C

Yay! Voyageur Soap & Candle has just posted the schedule for the next few months! We have some one off classes planned - Valentine\'s Day, Mother\'s D...
24-01-2018 21:30

Digest of links on the new blog! January 20th to 22nd

I\'m finally feeling better and posting like silly over on the new blog! I\'m so happy to share one of my new favourite ingredients, Varisoft EQ 65, a...
23-01-2018 21:29

Weekly digest of posts January 14th to January 19, 2018

Ick, Raymond and I have both been down with something awful this week - not quite the flu as that feels like you\'re going to die, not quite a cold as...
19-01-2018 21:32

Posts on the new blog - January 13th & 14th

Wow, we\'re having a great time on the new blog! The comments sections are jumping: I encourage you to come on over and join the discussions!Here are...
16-01-2018 21:30

Administrative stuff: Clarification about the old blog, new

I\'ve been getting a lot of questions about this blog and the new site, so I thought I\'d address them here.1. This blog isn\'t going anywhere. What y...
14-01-2018 21:30

Weekly digest of blog posts for January 8th to 12th, 2018

I thought I\'d share a digest of all the links for what\'s going on over at the new blog! I\'m so excited by all the comments and discussions we\'re ...
13-01-2018 21:30

New e-zine: Emollients you will love!

Do you love oils" Sure, we all do! That\'s why I wrote this e-zine about more of my favourite oils and butters! Join me for some fun learning about an...
13-01-2018 21:30

New e-zine: Emollients you will love with the oil and butter

Do you love oils" Sure, we all do! That\'s why I wrote this e-zine about more of my favourite oils and butters! Join me for some fun learning about an...
12-01-2018 21:29

Celebrate National Bubble Bath Day with this solid bubble ba

I\'ve been working on this formula for quite some time, and I\'m happy to finally unveil it. Check out the post on the new blog! ...
08-01-2018 21:34

Celebrate the day after National Bubble Bath Day with anothe

Today, on the new blog I\'m sharing my formula for making a solid bubble bath bar suitable for more humid climates using less glycerin and more glycol...
07-01-2018 21:30

Weekly digest of posts - January 1st to 7th, 2018

As I mentioned in this post, we have a new website and blog! I\'ll be doing all my writing over there from now on, and I\'ll post links to that work f...
07-01-2018 21:30

More about the new site: How it works, what's new, and a dig

As I mentioned in this post, we have a new website and blog! I don\'t plan to abandon this blog, but I will be doing all my writing over there from ...
03-01-2018 21:30

2018 and change

2017 was a brutal year as we continued to grieve the loss of my mom.Despite the pain, I had some amazing experiences at the 2017 HSCG conference as a ...
02-01-2018 21:28

A look back at 2017: My new favourite ingredients (part one)

As I mentioned in yesterday\'s post, I\'ve more than 400 new ingredients - not including micas, colourants, glitters, fragrance oils, or essential iol...
02-01-2018 21:28

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 ...
31-12-2017 21:30

The December 2017 e-zine is here for my Patreon subscribers

I\'m so excited about the December 2017 e-zine available to $10 Patreon subscribers all about oils & butters, something I\'ve called Emollients you wi...
28-12-2017 21:29

I'm on Facebook Live today at 1 pm PST!

Join me today at 1 pm PST or 4 pm EST on the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild\'s members discussion page on Facebook as we make some conditioner and...
27-12-2017 21:32

Merry Christmas from Raymond, Sasja, and me!

A very merry Christmas to you and yours from Raymond, Sasja, and me. As you know, it\'s been a very tough year for our little family, but it\'s gettin...
25-12-2017 21:30

Schedule for sending out e-zines and e-books!

As we all know, Christmas is coming on Monday, so I\'ll send out the e-books for which you donate as soon as I can during the hours I\'m awake until t...
22-12-2017 21:28

Give the gift of knowledge!

If you can\'t think of what to get the crafters in your life, consider giving a gift card to a local supplier so they can take a class! There are so m...
20-12-2017 21:30

Links to my articles in Handmade magazine

I realized I haven\'t posted any links to articles I\'ve written in Handmade Magazine for a while, so I thought I\'d share all the ones I could find t...
20-12-2017 21:30

Mark your calendars: I'm doing a Facebook Live for HSCG memb

I\'m super excited to be offering a Facebook live event in the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild members\' discussion group December 27th at 1 pm PST ...
14-12-2017 21:28

Question from Patreon: Why did this lotion fail" Part t

Yesterday, we took a look at how changes in oils and preservatives might impact a lotion. What else could be an issue here"Fragrance and essential oil...
12-12-2017 21:29

Question from Patreon: Why did this lotion fail" Part o

In the November 2017 Q&A on Patreon, Marta wrote, I made your Silken Vanilla Latte Body Butter (Simusol 165) a month ago without any substitutions and...
11-12-2017 21:28

Series from a question from Patreon: What's a cosmeceutical&

Let\'s analyze a potential formula here to see if I can include all the ingredients I want. In yesterday\'s post, we set out a list of things to consi...
10-12-2017 21:29

Series from a question from Patreon: What's a cosmeceutical&

On November 27th, we started this review of cosmeceuticals by looking at different definitions. On Sunday, December 3rd we established different cat...
06-12-2017 21:30

If you've purchased an e-book or e-zine, when will you get i

Please note, if you have donated for e-books or purchased an e-zine, I send them out Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm Pacific Standard Time, except...
05-12-2017 21:28

Series from a question from Patreon: What's a cosmeceutical&

We spent a great deal of time trying to define the idea of "cosmeceutical" and "active" in this post, so let\'s get to the next parts of the question...
03-12-2017 21:30

Unlock posts with your comments!

As I mentioned in this post, Huge news that will affect the blog, I miss is being a part of a community of creators, connecting with people who love t...
30-11-2017 21:28

Series from a question from Patreon: What's a cosmeceutical&

In the October Q&A on Patreon, Michelle asked: I am loving the latest e-zines with all the lovely cosmeceuticals. I am wondering what exactly is con...
27-11-2017 22:10

Do you need to measure the pH of your products" If so,

We took a look at various pH meters yesterday, so let\'s ask the most important question of all today - Do you need a pH meter" And what\'s the adva...
26-11-2017 22:05

Testing pH meters - let's compare a few!

I\'ve been talking a lot about testing the pH of our products as it\'s so important when we start using different surfactants, conditioners, and activ...
25-11-2017 22:07

Prepare your body for winter: Baobab & babassu body butter w

The other day, we spent some time getting to know each of the ingredients I like for this lotion, so let\'s make the darned thing already!As an aside,...
23-11-2017 22:08

Huge news that will affect the blog!

This is a big announcement but...this is my job now. I know, right" Terrifying, but necessary. As much as I loved my job as a family counsellor, I was...
22-11-2017 22:06

Prepare your body for winter: Baobab & babassu body butter w

Yeah, as a former English major, I love a good alliteration, but these are some of my favourite ingredients with one of my favourite new emulsifiers, ...
22-11-2017 22:06

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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
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
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

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: 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

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

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