Questions: Adding goat’s milk and using BTMS in a lotion

I’m asked regularly about making goats’ milk lotions, and all I can say is that I don’t know. This is what I know about goats – they’re cute, they’re cuddly, they seem to enjoy eating tin cans, and this video about the baby goat stampede makes me smile. I hate anything to do with goat…...

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Sewing: Cool ties for summer (updated)

After a lot of rain and cooler days, we’re coming into the heat of summer around here. I start getting uncomfortable around 24˚C (including our high humidity), so I need to find ways of keeping cool when I’m visiting homes without even so much as a fan! Here’s my dishevelled Blondie dog modelling one of…...

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Question: Can we create our own botanical extract systems?

Anonymous wrote in the pineapple extract post: Your blog is great and you are super smart so I figured you would know the answer to this question: I really want to start incorporating extracts into my lotions. I was wondering if I could make my own botanical extract system by mixing together, for example, pineapple…...

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Questions, questions, questions!

I haven’t had time to answer your comments and e-mails lately, so I’m going to take the next few days to get to quite a few of them. If you have a question that you’ve been dying to pose, e-mail me or post them in this comment and I’ll see what I can do. I’m…...

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Super busy…sorry!

I didn’t realize that being away from work for four days would lead to such busy-ness! Sorry there haven’t been any new posts. I wrote a ton of them while I was on holiday, but they all need links and pictures and other things that take up time that I don’t have right now, so…...

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Why did I buy that again? Pineapple extract

I write this post about how I’m back, then I forget to hit publish on yesterday’s post! I guess I need more vacation time!  Pineapple extract (INCI Ananas cosmosus fruit extract or powder) can be found in a powder form that is used at 0.5% in the cool down phase of your product. This extract…...

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What I did on my summer holidays!

A huge thank you to the readers who wrote to me to ask if I was okay – I am! I thought I’d put a post saying I’d be on holidays this week, but it turns out I didn’t! We enjoyed what is being called a stay-cation, and I took the time to reorganize the…...

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Why did I buy that? Banana fruit extract

I love bananas! They feel like a very silly fruit, all yellow and bendy, and they taste great. With high levels of potassium and Vitamin A, I try to eat one every single day! I’ve been playing around with powdered banana fruit extract lately, so I thought I’d share my thoughts! Banana fruit extract (INCI…...

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Why did I buy that? Malic acid

Malic acid (aka hydroxybutanedioic acid) is an interesting ingredient. It’s considered an alpha hydroxy acid found in things like apples and grapes. It was first isolated in apple juice, and we find a lot of it in unripe fruits, which is what gives those fruits the tartness we associate with lack of ripeness. Alpha hydroxy acids…...

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Why did I buy that fruit extract? Apple!

How many cliches do we have about apples and health? An apple a day can keep the doctor away. Powersauce helps you unleash the power of apples!* Umm, okay, that’s all I can think of at the moment, but you have to admit, there are few things that seem as wholesome as apples. We can…...

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