When you order an e-book…

…I send it out as soon as I can. I have to do it by e-mail, which means i need to be awake and near a computer/smartphone/tablet to send it out, but I generally get it out within an hour or two. Sooner if I’m actually looking at said device, a bit longer if I’m…...

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How much stuff should you order when you buy supplies?

How much stuff should you order when you order supplies? This is a great question posed by Sandra in the what do you want to know? post. This is a hard question to answer because it depends upon the ingredient, the product you’re making, and how much you’ll use the ingredients, but I’ll offer a…...

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What ingredients do you need if you’re starting out? Lotions

I’m excited that you’re thinking about making a lotion! They are such great products, and after you’ve made one for the first time, you won’t be so scared about making it again! I encourage you to follow the recipe and instructions exactly the first time you make it, and keep loads of notes so you…...

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What ingredients should you buy if you’re starting out? Anhydrous products!

Someone – sorry, can’t remember who – suggested I write some posts about what to buy when you’re starting out. This is a very big question, and it depends upon the product you’re making. Let’s take a look at anhydrous products.  Anhydrous means “without water”, so anhydrous products are ones we make with oil soluble…...

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Weekend Wonderings: Amount of active in our ingredients?

In this post, Iron chemist: Sodium lactate, Matt asks: When you say “I use sodium lactate at 2.5% or lower in my products because at 3% it can make you sun sensitive” Do you mean the total concentration of sodium lactate should not exceed 2.5%? I have the liquid version which is a 60/40 blend…...

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Weekend Wonderings: How can I modify a cleanser recipe for a foamer bottle?

In this post on facial cleansers, Esther asks: I’m interested to put this into a foamer bottle. How much extra water would you add in that case? If you want to put a surfactant blend into a foamer bottle, in general, you’ll want to add double the amount of water to the mix to make…...

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Using d-Limonene in your cleaning products

I hate cleaning up after super happy fun crafting time in my workshop, but it’s made much easier by using my cleansers with d-Limonene. This fancy sounding ingredient is orange oil – you’ve seen the ads for cleaners with this stuff before – and it’s a fantastic way to cut through grease from your oil…...

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Resolved: Try something new this year!

My best friend and I resolve to try two new things a year, and we always have great fun. Trying two new things lead to me taking chemistry for the first time, going river rafting, lifting weights at the gym, taking singing lessons…and so on. I had to throw away my fears and just go…...

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