Super simple festive formulas: Minty snoot blasters, essential oil roller balls, and anhydrous products you can make with essential oils!

Nothing says winter like minty, menthol-y goodness, so let’s take a look at using essential oils and menthol to create a a few wonderful things you can use or gift this winter! In our first super simple festive formula post, we took a look at making lip scrubs. In the second, we looked at making...

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Another installment of “For the Love of God, please don’t make that!” – insect repellent edition.

Every year I say it but please please please don’t make your own insect repellent! Like sunscreen, this is a product that must be tested for efficacy and registered with a governing body of some sort. You can’t just throw a few things you think work as insect repellents into a bottle and say it...

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Discussion: I’m peachy keen about fragrances! (Groan…) What are you using this summer?

I’m testing out a few batches of a super fluffy body wash with protein based surfactants thickened with gellan gum and carageenan – thanks to Shannon at IMCD for sending these to me! – and I couldn’t resist fragrancing it with market peach from Windy Point Soap Making Supplies to give it that fresh summer...

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Make a Minty Snoot Blaster for this cold and flu season!

I’m in the workshop today for day two of my inventory of ingredients, packaging, and equipment in anticipation of a week long frenzy of experiments and fun, all of which I’ll share with you here. In the meantime, I thought I’d share my new favourite thing – these little inhalers! I’ve been making these little...

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Q&A: What’s the purpose of ingredients like linalool or limonene in products?

In the October Q&A, Charlette asked: Just wondering what is the purpose of the following ingredients which are often listed at the end for many lotions/creams/facial products: LINALOOL LIMONENE BENZYL ALCOHOL BENZYL SALICYLATE Also: Farnesol, Geraniol and Hexyl Cinnamal, … Do these add anything besides a little fragrance? Can these be ignored? Sarah responded: They are the...

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