Physics Friday: Shear

If I thought I was scaring you with Chemistry Thursday, I must be terrifying you with Physics Friday! Please keep reading…it’s really interesting and relevant stuff!  Recently someone asked me if using a giant mixing device on a drill was a good idea for larger batches of products! (See this post…) He brought up the…...

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Formulating on a budget: Equipment

I’ve already written quite a bit about this topic, so I’m just going to throw out a few ideas before I suggest you click on the links below for more information!  If you are going to spend money on one thing, I suggest it should be your scale. Spend your money on a good digital…...

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Creating products: Equipment for measuring pH (updated)

pH indicators: You can get pH strips from your local supplier, and there always seems to be a great debate about whether or not they are useful. There’s always a place for testing your pH in bath and body products, but my experiences with strips have been spotty at best. I’ve tried three different kinds…...

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Creating products: Equipment (part 2) (updated)

Let’s get back to our look at equipment! Mixers: There’s always this great debate about mixers – do we go with a stick blender, hand mixer, Kitchenaid, or whisking by hand? Yes. I went into a little detail in this post about mixers, and you can use any of those mixers listed above when making lotions…....

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Creating products: Equipment (part 1) (updated)

The more you create, the more it seems you need to buy special equipment for your crafting…but it doesn’t have to be that way. I’ll give you an idea of which things I feel I really need and which I don’t (and I hope you’ll chime in with your favourite toys for the workshop) Scale:…...

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Questions about mixing

In the small batch post, Annette asked: The problem I have is with the mixing – The oil phase is so small, it starts to re-solidify really fast! Also, what do you use to mix the small batches? I have tried just about everything but a hand whisk! Any tips for the mixing phase? Before we…...

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