A thought for the day: If there’s a reason you can’t use an ingredient…

I see e-mail messages and comments all the time asking how to substitute something in a recipe because someone has an allergy or are vegan or have a special need or political belief that means they can’t use an ingredient, and my suggestion is to learn what the ingredient brings to the product and learn...

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Weekend Wonderings: Decyl glucoside in laundry detergents and greasiness of coconut oil in lotions with a quick note about e-mail

In this post on decyl glucoside, Mandy asks: Does anyone know if there is a powdered form of decyl glucoside? Or, is there another powdered surfactant that would work well as a laundry detergent?  I wouldn’t take the chance, to be honest. I know a few people who have ruined their very expensive machines by making...

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Chemistry Friday: Why do we care about mixing and solubility?

I’ve shown you this picture many times before, but I present it again as an illustration for this post! Both bottles contain the same liquid – my toner recipe – but I added a ton of extracts to bottle 2. When I made the product and added the extracts at cool down (below 45˚C), it...

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I’ve written up a new SnapGuide – making soy wax tarts!

Can you tell I’m off work for the week? I’ve created a new SnapGuide visual tutorial on making soy candle wax tarts! I starting making these when my massage therapist mentioned how much she loved the idea but hated the fragrance choices, and I was so happy to see Voyageur Soap & Candle had the...

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When good products go wrong!

I’m enjoying some holiday time workshop fun this week, and I have all kinds of fun new ingredients and products to share with you, but I had to share this product! I had this idea to make a Japanese themed body wash with bamboo, sake, willow, and green tea, scented with Bramble Darry’s amazing Yuzu fragrance...

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