A mascara update and a rant about cosmetic sales people

Thanks to everyone who made suggestions helping me not get mascara all over my eye lids! I tried a few things, but nothing seemed to work. I tried putting the mascara in the fridge – this kind of worked, but it still remained really wet. I’ve tried a ton of different brands. I even tried...

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Heat isn’t a bad thing (except for me in the summer! I’m melting!)

Something strange has happened in the last year…people are worried about destroying oils and butters with heat. I think it’s something to think about, but it’s really not an issue for the oils and butters we use. If you’re in doubt, look up the smoke point of the oil or the fatty acid.  You will be...

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Ignore the previous post!

If you subscribe by e-mail, you might have seen a post called “how much are you getting of each ingredient per application?” I’ve removed it because it wasn’t ready for prime time yet. It’s something that was going through my head, and I thought I would write it up and put a random date on...

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Chemistry of oils: Triglycerides and fatty acids

If you’re new to chemistry, I encourage you to read this post on molecules and this one on covalent bonding. These are modifications of posts I’ve written in the past with more chemistry information and more asides!  TRIGLYCERIDES! This beautiful molecule to the left is a triglyceride (castor oil, to be exact). It is a molecule...

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Question: How can grapeseed oil have a one year shelf life?

Julie wrote this great comment in this post, and I had to address it! (I’m editing a bit for length…definitely visit the post to see the conversation in full!) Hi Susan! I looked at my Crafter’s Choice Grape Seed Oil I purchased from WSP about 2 months ago. It says on the bottle it is good for...

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