International Gaming Day @ the library

Today’s the International Gaming Day @ the library event, the most wonderful day of the year! Something like 1400 libraries around the world are taking part in the largest board & card game and video game event in the world. I encourage you to check out your local library and drop by for a bit…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Recipe 101

I think the most frequently asked questions on this blog are about figuring out recipes, so let’s take a look at these concepts briefly before I refer you off to the posts you can find in the FAQ that offer more detail. HOW TO READ A RECIPERecipes should always be done in weight, and we…...

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Long weekend wonderings: A new page linking to all the HLB system pages! Altering the pH of your products. Using sea buckthorn in a solid perfume? Why is lotion white? And a request for feedback on my recipes…

PLEASE DON’T ALTER THE pH IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE EQUIPMENTThere’s this sudden increase in people wanting to alter the pH of their products, and what I can tell you is that if you don’t have a good pH meter – not the strips, not a guess – then don’t. The recipes I write are…...

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Weekend Wonderings: How do self-emulsifying emulsifiers work within the HLB system?

HOW DO SELF-EMULSIFYING EMULSIFIERS WORK IN THE HLB SYSTEM?In the same Weekend Wondering post, kiev asks: As I am new to lotion making and have done some of the no no’s you have listed. I am trying to understand the HLB system and that has prompted a question regarding Ewax or any self emulsifying system…....

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Weekend Wonderings: Sucragel, lecithin, and xanthan gum? Lotion bars without wax? How to mix 100 gram batches? Using meadowfoam seed oil neat!

It’s a long weekend around these parts – November 11th is a statutory holiday, so I’m off work – so I have time to answer more comments than usual! Let’s take a look at some quick questions and answers! CAN WE USE THE LECITHIN WE FIND AT THE HEALTH FOOD STORE?In this post, Chemistry Thursday:…...

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Fragrances – weather and seasonal changes?

Never underestimate the power of fragrance! I know there are certain things that remind me of the smell of the perm solution in the hair dressing shop in the mall that closed when I was maybe 6 years old and other things that make me want to take on the world. Those of us who…...

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This is why you want to use preservatives in your products…

You’ll notice there are actually two areas of contamination in the product. The first is the great big green spot on the left side, but did you notice the brown-y orange streak to the right hand side of that on the side of the jug? Yep, there’s a little more contamination for you! I made…...

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Six ingredient lotions: A great way to learn what you like!

There’s a concept I like to call the six ingredient lotion, and I encourage you to try it if you’re new to the fantastic world of lotions! It’s a really great way to learn what each ingredient brings to the product while making something awesome. Here’s why I’m suggesting that every homecrafter from the never-made-anything-before…...

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Share your thoughts: How big a batch do you make for a first time product?

I’ve been getting lots of e-mail from people about calculating recipes in grams or ounces or percentages or volume, so I thought I’d address a few of these questions starting with this one – how big a batch should you make the first time you make something? When I make a product for the first…...

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What the heck can I do with this Wednesday? Comment thread!

Since no one seems to have any ingredients that bewilder them this week, we won’t be enjoying a why the heck did I buy this and what can I do with it Wednesday post. I had thought to write something, but I couldn’t think of an ingredient you might have but not know what to…...

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