Evening primrose oil (updated)

Evening primrose contains about 6% palmitic acid (C16), a titch of stearic acid (C18), 11% oleic acid (C18:1), 70% linoleic acid (C18:2), and between 9 to 12% GLA (C18:3). With so much linoleic acid we can expect evening primrose oil to help restore skin’s barrier functions, act as an anti-inflammatory, reduce scaling, and soothe dry…...

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Gamma linolenic acid (updated)

Gamma linolenic acid (C18:3) is another essential fatty acid, one our bodies can’t produce. It has three double bonds, meaning it is a fatty acid that is going to oxidize quickly, so we need to combine it with some good anti-oxidants or use it quickly in our lotions. It is found in small quantities in…...

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Chocolate making in Abbotsford!

I hope you had fun last night, despite the melting mess ups with the microwave! But there are no such things as mistakes, just things we know don’t work! Remember the techniques we learned last night can be applied to dark and milk chocolate – we used white so we could have fun with colours…...

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Bath bomb making machine!

Well, you have to love this! For $40 you too can have a home bath bomb making machine perfect for aspiring cosmetic chemist in your life! It comes with enough citric acid and baking soda to get started with fizzy bathtub fun, and I’m sure we know where to get more when the initial supply…...

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Cocoa butter in a body butter!

I love cocoa butter in a body butter. It will make the recipe thicker, but it will also offer more occlusion and barrier protection against the elements as winter approaches! If you’re an outdoorsy type of person who likes to spend time in the cold and snow, you’re going to want something with serious barrier…...

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Cocoa butter! (updated)

Cocoa butter is a staple in bath and body creations with 25 to 30% palmitic acid (C16), 31 to 35% stearic acid (C18), 34 to 36% oleic acid (C18:1), and 3% linoleic acid. It is filled with wonderful polyphenols and phytosterols that may benefit your skin! (And you can eat it in the event of…...

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Modifying lotion recipes: That powdery feeling! (updated)

If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll know I like my lotions to be a bit oily – I hate that word, but it fits! – with lots of slip and glide. If you’re a non-oily lotion kind of person, there are a few things you can try to reduce that feeling and make a…...

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Formulating with mango butter – whipped butter and lotion bars

You can whip mango butter the way you’d whip shea butter, but you might want to consider mixing the mango with shea or another soft butter. It feels very nice, but some people find it astringent and a bit drying. I wouldn’t consider using avocado butter here – the two together will feel very powdery…...

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Formulating with mango butter – solid scrub bars

I love using mango butter in a solid scrub bar in the shower. It melts at body temperature, and it keeps its shape nicely. (For the original post on the solid scrub, click here.) If you have normal to oily skin, feel free to use 20% mango butter – if you have dry skin, consider…...

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Mango butter! (updated)

Isn’t this mangiferin molecule beautiful? Mango butter (from the seed) is composed of 6% palmitic acid (C16), 42% stearic acid (C18), 46% oleic acid (C18:1), and 3% linoleic acid (C18:2). It contains Vitamins A, B, and C. We know oleic acid offers great moisturizing and softening of our skin by being well absorbed by the…...

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