Newbie Tuesday: Facial cleansers – what are surfactants?

On Tuesday, I asked you to think about your skin type. Today I’ll share with you what I know and love about foamy, bubbly, and lathery surfactants. I love surfactants the way other women love shoes. I have a closet of them, and sometimes I take them out of their little box in my workshop...

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I’m going to Vegas, baby!

Hey everyone! I’m a presenter at the the 2017 conference for the American Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, leading the workshop, Facial Moisturizers 101, which is described thusly: Join Susan Barclay Nichols for an exciting, interactive demonstration during which you’ll learn how to make emulsified facial moisturizers from scratch, then how to adapt and customize...

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Sorry for the lack of posts this week…but my mom is home!

Sorry for not writing more this week, but my mom came home from hospital today and we have been getting the house ready for her arrival! I know she’s feeling better because she’s been here 90 minutes, and she’s already re-designing her spaces to be more comfortable! Thank you for all your wonderful and lovely...

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Newbie Tuesday: Let’s start making facial cleansers!

Oh my gosh! It’s here! The day on which we start making a facial cleanser. Are you as excited as I am for this? Woo! We’ll be taking a look at the process of creating a foaming facial cleanser over the next few days – so it’s really not a Tuesday only thing for this...

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A few administrative things I’m asking from you to make life a teensy bit easier right now…

Hi everyone! Thank you for all your good thoughts for my mom and my family. She’s still in hospital, but should be getting out on Thursday when the radiation treatment ends. (That’s my tiny, white haired mom at my wedding. She’s an amazing dressmaker, and made all the clothes, including the handmade buttons all over...

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