Question: What does “coconut derived” mean?

As people refer me to things they consider to be natural products, I keep seeing the words “coconut derived” beside surfactants, fatty alcohols, fatty acids, and other ingredients that are, in fact, coconut derived. But what does this mean? Coconut oil is often the starting point for surfactants because it has a fatty acid profile...

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If you want to make products without preservatives, then make them…

If you are going to make a product that contains water or might be exposed to water, you need to include a preservative. If you want to make a preservative-less product or want to use alcohol as a preservative or want to store things in your fridge, do it. If you’ve read all that I’ve...

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Question: What does “coconut derived” mean?

As people refer me to things they consider to be natural products, I keep seeing the words “coconut derived” beside surfactants, fatty alcohols, fatty acids, and other ingredients that are, in fact, coconut derived. But what does this mean? Coconut oil is often the starting point for surfactants because it has a fatty acid profile...

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Iron Chemist: Lanolin

Welcome to Workshop Stadium. This week the Chairman, Raymond (my lovely husband), has chosen the sixth Iron Chemist ingredient – Lanolin! Here are the rules. (Click here for the long version.) Raymond rolled a seven, which means he chose from the assorted butters and things that haven’t been put away properly box. I have until next...

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A few thoughts for a lazy Sunday morning…

As I’m waiting for my wonderful husband to wake up and choose the next Iron Chemist ingredient, I wanted to share a few thoughts based upon the e-mails and comments I’ve seen this week… CHEMICAL EQUALS BADI mentioned the other day it’s the International Year of Chemistry and I think one of the things I...

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