Revisited: Summer time product ideas with esters!

We’re breaking records in the Fraser Valley with temperatures up to 32˚C, and I’m cranky. (Lest you doubt it’s hot, we’re breaking records from the 1930’s!) I don’t like the summer temperatures unless I’m camping or at the lake, so I need to find things to make the summer just a little bit less annoying....

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Back to basics: Bath bombs

Bath bombs seem like a really simple concept – a little citric acid, a little baking soda, some fragrance oil, and you have a wonderful acid-base reaction in the tub that brings happiness to the bather. But they can cause such headaches to even the most seasoned bath and body creator! As a point of...

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Back to basics: Whipped butters (updated)

Whipped butters are so impressive but so darned easy to make! They might seem all complicated with their whippiness, but they’re simple to make if you have a mixer with a whisk attachment. (I bought my Black & Decker 250 watt mixer for $20 from Canadian Tire with two whisk attachments! I’m sure you could...

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Back to basics!

I taught a craft group about a month ago where I taught my teens how to make a lotion. The recipe was one of the first recipes I tried myself, a body mousse with a six ingredients – water, humectant, oil, emulsifier, thickener, and preservative. It is absolutely lovely and a staple in my recipe...

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An aside…Leave-in conditioners become beard conditioners

I’ve written about beard conditioners before, but I thought I’d expand the topic a little more considering we’ve been discussing conditioners at length for a while. Manly men with giant beards can benefit from beard conditioners in two ways – it can help keep their beards nicely conditioned and detangled, and it can help moisturize...

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