Experiments in the workshop: Min-maxing your toner.

I do love my toners (do a search and you’ll be a little overwhelmed), primarily because I use it as both a toner and a moisturizer as my oily, rosacea prone skin really doesn’t like oil based lotions or sera! So I decided to get into the workshop and see just how many interesting things...

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Experiments in the workshop: Anhydrous butter & body butter modification

So I’ve decided. I’m making a whipped butter for my best friend with the aloe butter and some lovely oils. Part of this is that my back hurts a lot so I can’t be in the workshop for a long period of time while I make a lotion and part of this is that I...

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Arnica, calendula, and comfrey oils

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m on a quest to make some lovely products to help my best friend’s foot heal after surgery. So I’m turning to three oils I’ve heard might help – arnica, calendula, and comfrey. I’ve written about comfrey extract in the past, so let’s just go for a summary here. Comfrey oil...

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Experiments in the workshop: Healing products for my best friend

As I may have mentioned, my best friend, Wanda, had an operation on her foot about 6 weeks ago, and she is need of some soothing foot products, so I’ve turned to a few different ingredients to help moisturize the skin around the bandages and to help speed the healing (although I’d never make a...

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Better crafting through chemistry: Sorbitol

In this post on humectants, Aesthete asks: I was re-reading this post on humectants and was wondering if you’ve ever formulated with sorbital? It’s described as having “excellent plasticizing & thickening effects providing viscosity & texture, stabilizes gels & provides good clarity, effective moisturizing properties, good smoothing & conditioning effects.” It almost sounds too good...

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