Experiments in the workshop: A 3-in-1 that might be great for swimmers

I’ve always loved swimming and being in the water, and Raymond is finally enjoying it, too. We both want something to protect our hair from the chemicals we find in a pool, mainly chlorine, as I’ve noticed that my hair is a little trashed those weeks I go every day! There are three things that…...

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Weekend wonderings: Chemical and physical exfoliants together in a facial scrub, using sodium lactate, making shampoo, and hair treatments

In this post, Julie asks:  I was wondering if it would be too abrasive to use a chemical exfoliant together with a physical exfoliant? I’d like to do a SA surfactant based facial scrub with a gentle exfoliator, like jojoba beads or something. What do you think? It depends upon your skin type. I’ve tried it…...

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Weekend wonderings: Solubilizers, herbs in shampoo bars, and modifying lip balms

In this post, Steve wrote: Thank you very much for your generosity in sharing the magical world of fragrances. I’m still doing my research and tonight have been studying the whole solubilizer thing; and if you please, I have a question.Let’s say I may making up a hypothetical formula of a mix of distilled water and…...

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Workshop! Workshop! Workshop!

I’m on holiday time this week, which means workshop fun! I’m out of just about everything to the point where I considered buying body wash! (Gasps of shock and horror!) Luckily, I have a few days this week to play, so I’ve retreated to the workshop with a pot of tea – the first of…...

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