I’m away for a few days…

I’ll be away for a few days – probably until Thursday or Friday – on our end of summer camping trip. Not really sure where we’ll end up as we plan to pack up the car with all the stuff we need and we’ll start driving. When we get somewhere we like, we’ll stop driving...

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Thank you so much for your support this summer!

This summer has been immensely successful for our youth programs. Thanks to your contributions to the Rated T for Teen group by purchasing my e-books , we offered… At the Yarrow library– 4 craft groups – scrapbooking, jewellery making, chocolate making, cupcake & cookie decorating– 1 board & card games night (13 participating)– 1 video game afternoon...

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Question: Cosmetics Info vs. EWG (updated)

Cordy wrote this comment in this post: Hi Susan, I get what you’re saying (and would tend to agree with you that there’s a lot of “greenwashing” out there, or pseudo-science) but I have a question:  The website you linked to is funded by cosmetics companies. Now, that may not mean that there’s a conflict of interest...

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Question: BTMS-25 and products not emulsifying

Kathy wrote to me to ask why a recipe similar to this one wasn’t working for her. I knew right away that BTMS-25 was the culprit! If you’re using Incroquat BTMS as your emulsifier, please ensure you’re using BTMS-50 – not BTMS-25 – as your emulsifier! BTMS-25 contains 25% behentrimonium methosulfate, the active ingredient in...

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Question: Are the ingredients I mention on this blog safe to use in beauty products? (updated)

Anonymous wrote in this post: Are phosphate esters derived from chemical or organic? Are they safe in beauty products? As there are really two questions here, let’s take a look at each one. The quick answers are no, and yes. From the post: Phosphate esters are a category of anionic surfactants that include alkyl phosphates and...

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