Better crafting through chemistry: Panthenol

Humectant, emollient, moisturizer – is there anything panthenol can’t do? Panthenol is an alcohol that is processed by our body to become pantothenic acid – a water soluble vitamin, Vitamin B – a major constituent of our hair. This is why you see it in most hair care products, and why an entire hair care...

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How do you know your ingredients are safe?

You put what in my ice cream? When deciding what ingredients to use, always consider the source of your information. You can see from the post on “all natural”, that often times these things are opinion, not fact, based. I like to consider the studies I’m reading before making up my mind on safety. An...

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Mineral make-up – Part 11: Using blue iron oxide to make purple

Beware the iron oxide – as you can see from this container, it will get all over the place and make your hands messy! Blue iron oxide isn’t all about the blues – if you are considering the undertones of your eye shadows, then you’ll want to consider making purples or other dark colours with...

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A random picture for a random post. My beautiful future husband being adored by two cuties! A happy Tuesday to everyone! I am counting down the days to my wedding – 19 days to go – and I’m extremely excited! (May 16th!) I have figured out how to put things in PDF form so they...

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Hydrovance in toners and sprays (updated)

So let’s play with some Hydrovance. I’m including it in a few recipes to take the place of other humectants, specifically the summer cooling spray and apres sun spray because sodium lactate might make us sun sensitive. (Although I still include sodium lactate because I love the fact it’s in my skin naturally!) LAVENDER &...

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