Q&A: Should we be concerned about not heating and holding cold process emulsifiers? More about this and some stuff about phase inversion temperature, too

In the September Q&A, Charlette asked, Sorry, but have another question. With our recent use of so many different cold process emulsifiers–although I know we all use good production practices–are we giving up some preservation and ‘kill the beasties’ benefits which the heat-and hold process gives us? Don’t get me wrong! I’m loving the ease … Read more

How the ingredients determine the pH of a shampoo bar, and testing Lush’s Jumping Juniper bar

When we were at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies two weeks ago, we had great fun testing the pH of various Lush products, including three shampoo bars – Jumping Juniper, Montalbano, and Trichomania – as well as two “self-preserving” shower gels, Honey I Washed the Kids and The Olive Branch. Let’s take a look at…...

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Hey European, UK, and other overseas $10 subscribers! Here’s a coupon for Formulator Sample Shop EU!

Idha asked for it, and FSS came through for you, my lovely readers! I’m so happy to announce that Formulator Sample Shop EU is offering 10% off to my $10 subscribers! Now those of you overseas can play along at home with us! This is such a great thing! So many thanks to you, Idha!…...

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Super happy fun member-to-member post for October 2019

Welcome to the October 2019 member-to-member sharing and caring post, an open post for you to share your thoughts, ask questions, share formulas, and generally connect with other people on this blog. One of the reasons I went with Disqus was to allow posts with pictures or videos or links of all sorts so we could share…...

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$3 subscribers and up: October 2019 duplication request post

Do you have an idea for a product you’d like me to look at duplicating? This is the post for you! This is the official post for posting the things you’d like me to consider duplicating. When you make a suggestion, please include a link to the product with a full and proper ingredient list. This…...

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Q&A for October 2019!

What are you interested in this month? What questions have been driving you to distraction? What ingredients did you buy and you’re not really sure why? Any and all questions about equipment, formulas, ingredients, techniques, tips, and tricks are welcomed here! Remember, the only “stupid” question is one you don’t ask! If possible, please link…...

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$10 subscribers – check out this coupon for Make Your Own Buzz & Save On Citric!

While in London and at In Cosmetics in Paris, we had the chance to spend time with Mark and Ann of Make Your Own Buzz and Save On Citric, and they are such wonderful people! We talked surfactants, thickeners, emulsifiers, preservatives, and so much more, and shared stories of our experiences and lives. It was…...

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$10 subscribers – check out this month’s Lotioncrafter coupon!

I know you all know how much I love Lotioncrafter. Jen is a dear friend of mine, and quite the enabler when it comes to new, exciting ingredients! Her enthusiasm knows no bounds, and I’m honoured she shares her love of formulating with me! Have you checked out their new site yet? It’s absolutely gorgeous…...

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