We be jamming!

Today’s post will be delayed as we be jamming strawberries while they’re still in season! We’re planning to make regular strawberry, strawberry and pineapple, and strawberry with balsamic vinegar. As well, we need to make our awesome cherry relish with walnuts, which is freakin’ amazing on meats or Raymond’s baguettes with Boursin cheese! I’m in...

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Question: Is it cheaper to make your own products? Part one!

Last year, Patrick and Will posed this question – what is the cheapest lotion you could make? We took a look at various ingredients we would use in a lotion and tried to figure out how to reduce costs. This morning, I found this comment from Catherine (click and scroll down to read the entire...

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Question: How do oils in a serum stay combined?

In this post, Nancy asks: Okay, here goes. I feel so dumb asking this question. If you make a facial serum out of oils and extracts with vastly different specific gravity, how do they stay together without shaking, or an emulsifier? I’ve seen plenty of shops on Etsy selling these. I make a product, but I...

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Question: How to use BTMS-25 in place of BTMS-50?

A few questions have come up around using BTMS-25 in a conditioner when you don’t have access to BTMS-50, so let’s take a look at what we could do here! (Click here for the post on substitutions, click for the post on emulsifiers!) What’s the difference between BTMS-25 and BTMS-50? BTMS-50 is behentrimonium methosulfate (and) cetyl...

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There are no stupid questions!

Julie was embarrassed to use her name when she asked the question – what happens if our recipe totals more than 100%? – because she felt it was a stupid question. ‘Twas not a stupid question, Julie. It was a great one that hadn’t been addressed before. Stay curious! Ask questions! The only stupid question...

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