Newbie Tuesday: Learning how to read a formula and convert it into weighted measurements (updated)

You cannot make good bath and body products using volume measurements. It is hard to scale the ingredients to make smaller or larger batches, and, in general, people assume that volume is the same as weight. It is not, and it is vital for the success of your recipes that you get this concept! HOW...

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Weekend Wonderings: Decyl glucoside alternatives, packaging, and weighed down hair

In this post, Lucy asks: Hi. Total addict to your blog 🙂 I’m a newbie to actually making, although I’ve done years of reading….! Just started experimenting with shampoo. I’ve really sensitive scalp so have stuck to decyl glucoside and cocamidopropyl betaine but find it’s a bit slimy and hard to foam…What is the next in the...

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Weekend Wonderings: Mixing small amounts of oil with water, separation of oils in a serum, and heating and holding the phases together

In this post on witch hazel, Anonymous asks: I am working on an insect repellent using 90% Witch hazel and 10% EO. Will the two ever blend or will it have to be shaken each time? They won’t blend and they will need to be shaken every time.  Oil and water don’t mix. To get them to...

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I’m working on…

Those posts on slip and glide in conditioners…Those posts on physical exfoliants in our facial scrubs…A recipe for a foaming facial cleanser using foaming silk surfactant…A recipe for a leave in conditioner with volumizing complex…Research on and recipes playing with ingredients like mallow, ginger, and pomegranate extracts…Stuff about substituting ACI and decyl glucoside in surfactant...

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Blame Michele for enabling you: Ideas for new ingredients

In this post, Michele writes: I wonder what I can purchase next to try. I like to buy an ingredient I would use in more than one type of product.  I want to put this out there before I even think about responding to this question…You asked for it. When you read about a few of...

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