Q&A: How do companies use niacinamide and glycolic acid in the same product?

In the September Q&A, Charlette asked this epic question: Hello Susan! Can you clear up a little dilemma? I have read that Niacinamide is NOT effective in formulas unless the pH is around 6. I also have read that Glycolic Acid is absolutely useless in formulas if the pH is over 4. Here’s my confusion:…...

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Hey $10 subscribers! The September e-zine is here!

I love teaching classes, and I thought I’d share with you an assortment of formulas I taught at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary, Alberta, over 10 days in September 2019. You’ll find formulas for all sorts in here – including a foaming facial cleanser, body wash, bi-phasic make-up remover, micellar water, cold process…...

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Q&A quickies: Conditioner thinning out as it cools? Using powdered surfactants in liquid products? Pressed vs heated shampoo bars?

In the September Q&A, Jenny asked: Hi Susan!! I have a question that I hope you can help me with. I have formulated a hair conditioner that I love with adaptations from your formula but when I make it sometimes (most times and even with precise measurements) after heating and holding and combining the ingredients together…...

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Helpful hints I share about packaging in classes…

I love my classes! As much as I love teaching, I love spending time with people who love this craft as much as I do and want to talk about it for hours! We share all kinds of stories, experiments, formulas, and super helpful tips and techniques! Here are a few things about packaging! Always…...

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Foamy, bubbly, lathery surfactants: Creating a foaming facial cleanser with Iselux Ultra Mild

I’m having such great fun teaching at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary this week! We have one class left today – premium facial care – and then we leave for home tomorrow. I’ve been having so much fun playing with all these various ingredients so I’m still super busy, but I wanted to share a few…...

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#alltheingredients: Jeesperse® ICE-T-LB-T-NS (cold emulsifier, anionic)

I’m having such great fun teaching at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary this week! We have three classes left – eco lotion making using naturally compliant emulsifiers; intermediate lotion making; and premium facial care – so I’m still super busy, but I wanted to share a few things from this week! Well, that…...

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Testing the pH of stuff at Windy Point Soap!

We had much fun playing with our new pH meters in the pH & preservative class at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary last night! Michele and I popped into the local Lush to buy a few products for testing as we’ve always been curious about the pH of some of their products. We…...

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I’m like a kid in a candy store at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies: Creating a chia seed & honey lotion using Polawax

We’ve been having great fun working with cold emulsifiers during my classes at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary this week! (We have five more classes to go – pH & preservatives, eco lotion making, intermediate lotion making, facial products, and premium facial products this week and weekend!) But I thought I’d share one…...

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