A few ideas for gifts you can give this year: Solid bubble bath (sulfate-free)

Bubble bath is such a fun gift, and creating a solid bubble bath using powdered surfactants is such a great way to create something both awesome and packaging-free! It’s easy to whip up a few batches of this formula in different colours and fragrances, and shape them anyway they please. Plus, it’s a great way…...

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Esters: The hydrolysis of esters

In the post on simple esters, I noted that we don’t want to use these in products that have acidic or alkaline pH ranges lower than 5 and more than 10 because they’re unstable and can hydrolyze. What exactly does this mean? Hydrolysis is “any chemical reaction in which a molecule of water ruptures one…...

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A few ideas for gifts you can give this year: Bath salts!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! My (dating) anniversary with Raymond (26 years!), my birthday, Christmas, and the day I was adopted, which also happens to be New Year’s Eve, all fall within 12 days at the end of the December, and I need to celebrate every single one, loudly and happily with…...

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Esters: Simple esters

Catch up on this series: Part one, the chemistry and nomenclature of esters; part two, types of esters and their sensory characteristics; and part three, chemistry of the sensory characteristics.  Esters are created when an alcohol and an acid react. In the case of simple esters, this is when a fatty alcohol and a fatty…...

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What are esters? Part three: Chemistry of the sensory characteristics or why they feel the way they do

Catch up on this series: Part one, the chemistry and nomenclature of esters, and part two, types of esters and their sensory characteristics.  There are quite a few factors that contribute to the functionality of the ester, that is to say these factors contribute to the viscosity, skin feel, melting point, liquidity, surface tension, and…...

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What are esters? Part two: Types of esters & their sensory characteristics

Thanks for joining me for part two of this series on esters. Yesterday, we looked at the chemistry and nomenclature of esters. Today, let’s take a look at why we might use esters in our products, and what they bring to the party. We use esters for all kinds of reasons – as emulsifiers, as…...

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Let’s make some basic lotions, including my six ingredient lotion series!

If you’ve never made a lotion before or just feel like making something basic, check out my six ingredient lotion series! These lotions give your ingredients a chance to shine, to really show what they bring to the product by way of skin feel, viscosity, cushion, play time, lubricity, and so much more! Challenge: Six…...

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What are esters? Part one: The chemistry and nomenclature

You might remember our series to figure out what a polar oil might be – part one, hydrocarbons and part two, polar oils – as we struggled to make that darned TKB Thickening clay work. This was supposed to be part three at the time, but we went on holiday and the computer died and…...

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Potential duplication of Sisley Paris Floral Toning Lotion (part two)

Welcome back! We took a look at part one of this duplication process the other day by analyzing the ingredient list, then we took a bit of an aside to look at fruit essences. Today, let’s see if we can’t create a base formula for this product! We established that despite the name – Sisley…...

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Disclaimer: A few words about links, my relationships with suppliers, and other relevant things

When I mention a company or provide you with a link to a shop, I’m doing it so you know where to get ingredients or to help you on your search for cool stuff. You will never find affiliate links, ads, or sponsored posts on this blog. If I say I like something, you know…...

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