Please do not ask me to duplicate products for you!

Wow, you’ve all been very active on the blog this week! I had a seriously busy day yesterday – Raymond and I played our recital and it was awesome! – and I have a busy day today, too, so I only have time for this adminstrative post…. I need to make this abundantly clear –…...

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What’s important in a conditioner? Part two…

As we discovered yesterday, we can make a conditioner with only a few ingredients – the cationic emulsifier like Incroquat BTMS-50, water, and a preservative. We can make it a little more substantive and emollient by adding a fatty alcohol like cetyl alcohol.  Let’s take a look at another conditioner recipe (taken from this post)!…...

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What’s important in a conditioner? Part one…

A conditioner, by definition, contains a positively charged ingredient that will adsorb to your hair strand to increase lubricity, decrease friction, decrease fly-aways, and increase combability. These positively charged ingredients include Incroquat BTMS-50, Incroquat CR, Incroquat BTMS-25 or Rita BTMS-225, cetrimonium bromide, cetrimonium chloride, and so on. This main ingredient is generally an emulsifier, meaning…...

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Can we create a more natural moisturizer?

This same person who asked if we could make an easier moisturizer, which we looked at yesterday, asked if we could make a moisturizer more natural. I hate to do it, but before we start, I must ask the question – what does it mean to be natural? I’m going to be honest here and…...

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Moisturizers: What’s important in a moisturizer?

Someone asked me if I could offer information on making easier moisturizers. The first step is to understand why we are using what we’re using in a product. What’s important in a lotion? Let’s a take a look at basic recipe, which I’ve taken from this Newbie Tuesday post. BASIC FIRST LOTION RECIPEHEATED WATER PHASE68%…...

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Let’s take another look at niacinamide!

I’ve started using a lot more niacinamide these days, and this article really reminds me why it’s such a great ingredient! This water soluble powder can be included in your toners, moisturizers, and other facial and body care products suitable for all skin types. It’s inexpensive – $3.95 for 1 ounce at Lotioncrafter or $4.50 for…...

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Weekend Wonderings: Why are you using willow bark in a rinse off product? Do we need preservatives in our cleaning products? Why doesn’t handmade soap make a good shampoo?

In this post, Experiments in the workshop: A 3-in-1 that might be good for swimmers, Marg asks: Can you explain your thinking on adding white willow bark extract to your 3 in 1? I love that product, and use it in my aftershave lotion to soothe tiny nicks or scrapes, but not sure if its…...

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Weekend Wonderings: A few administrative things. Do we have to throw away distilled water after opening?

Welcome to all the new readers of the blog! I’m so happy to see your enthusiasm for making your own bath & body products! I can’t encourage you enough to do a search for what interests you or take the quick tour of what the blog has to offer to see where you can find information…....

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Shampoo: Formulating with greener ingredients?

Yesterday we took a look at what was important in a shampoo. Today we’ll take a look at how to incorporate some greener ingredients in this product. What does it mean to be “greener”? Honestly, much like the word “natural”, this is undefined and varies from person to person. So I’m going to go with…...

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Shampoo: Why we use what we use in a shampoo

Someone asked if I could make a shampoo recipe with fewer ingredients than those that are currently on the blog. The answer is yes, but… Yes, but the problem that those ingredients are the ones that take a shampoo from okay to freakin’ awesome! If you’re new to the idea of creating a shampoo, take…...

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