Weekend Wonderings: Can I add a surfactant to a shaving bar? Can I use Olivem 1000 in a conditioner? And why don’t you make toothpaste?

In this post, Conditioners become shave bars, Melanie asks: This shaving bar is the best!For the first time in my life my legs don’t hurt all day after shaving! No razor burn! My son is a barber and he used it to shave his friend’s head with a straight razor and it worked great. His only…...

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Weekday Wonderings: Using polysorbates and separation? Exact recipe?

In this post, using polysorbates in your products, Lisa asks: I’ve tried the bath oil recipe, but I noticed that the polysorbate 80 starts to separate from the oil after letting it sit for a while. Everytime I want to use it, I have to shake it up. Is there anything I can add to prevent…...

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Links to my SnapGuides

I’ve been creating visual guides to making some of the products you’ll find on this blog – like wax tarts and whipped butters. Check out my SnapGuides to see these tutorials! I thought some of them might be very nice for Christmas presents!… You are not logged in. This content is for $1 Level, $5...

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Weekday Wonderings: Using BTMS-25 in solid scrub bars? Making oil free moisturizers?

In this post, Incroquat BTMS-50 in solid scrub bars, Birgit asks: Update on the scrub bar: even though it was soft, I took it to shower after I had “cured” it for a few days. First, I was quite thrilled, the level of scrubbiness was very nice, and it went on well. The problem arose…...

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Weekday Wonderings: More comments! Can we add anti-oxidants to anhydrous products? Rocky Mountain Soap’s preservatives?

In this post, Lotion bars: Tweaking the waxes, Tracy asks: I was wondering if it would be okay to add an antioxidant like ROE or Vitamin E T-50 to extend the life of the oils? If so, does it matter which one is used? Yes, you can add anti-oxidants to any oil soluble product to extend…...

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How do you know you’ve found a good recipe? Christmas edition

I’m seeing a lot of really – hmm, how do I say this without sounding really mean? – less than awesome recipes out there on the Interwebs for products you could give at Christmas. I’m seeing recipes for lotions with no emulsifiers, body butters composed entirely of coconut oil (more about this below), or products…...

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Weekday Wonderings: More comments! Measuring small amounts and the anti-bacterial properties of oils

In this post, Question: Doubling, tripling, and dodecahexing!, Stephanie asks: I have chosen to weigh everything as I think it’s the best way to do it according to all my research however, for ingredients that I have to suck out of a small bottle, can I use my syringe and assume that 1ml is equal to…...

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