Helpful hints I share about packaging in classes…

I love my classes! As much as I love teaching, I love spending time with people who love this craft as much as I do and want to talk about it for hours! We share all kinds of stories, experiments, formulas, and super helpful tips and techniques! Here are a few things about packaging! Always…...

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Thought for the day: How not to store dangerous chemicals in your workshop!

Thought for the day: It’s not a good idea to store your sodium hydroxide (lye) or potassium hydroxide with your humectants, which draw water from the atmosphere. Doing inventory in my workshop today, we found a plastic box with a ton of humectants like propanediol 1,3, glycerin, sodium PCA, sodium lactate, urea, and Hydrovance all…...

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Reading ingredient lists: The 1% or miscellaneous category

I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at ingredient lists again for a moment to get an idea of where the miscellaneous category begins. When we’re analyzing an ingredient list, it helps to know where the 1% section of the list comes in so we can figure out where they have used small amounts…...

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Weekend Wonderings: Sucragel, lecithin, and xanthan gum? Lotion bars without wax? How to mix 100 gram batches? Using meadowfoam seed oil neat!

It’s a long weekend around these parts – November 11th is a statutory holiday, so I’m off work – so I have time to answer more comments than usual! Let’s take a look at some quick questions and answers! CAN WE USE THE LECITHIN WE FIND AT THE HEALTH FOOD STORE?In this post, Chemistry Thursday:…...

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Choose your suppliers wisely!

Please buy your supplies from reputable suppliers. I’m not saying people on eBay aren’t reputable, but you can’t be sure exactly what you are getting or the shelf life of the product when you’re buying a product from an intermediary. Things might be mislabelled – are you sure this is e-wax NF or cetearyl alcohol?…...

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If you aren’t curious…

I have to confess I’m surprised at the lack of curiosity from some of the readers of this site. I link constantly in the posts I write, and I can’t believe how many comments or e-mail messages I see asking me questions that could have been answered by clicking on one of those links. (I’m…...

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Quick note for a long weekend Friday: Cetyl alcohol is not an emulsifier

Quite a few times in the last week I’ve seen cetyl alcohol referenced as an emulsifier, something that will bring oil and water together. It is not. It’s an oil soluble fatty alcohol that should be treated like you would an oil or anything oil soluble, which is to say you can use it in…...

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A quick note on coconut oil and warm temperatures!

I know everyone seems to love coconut oil these days – not sure why from a nutritional perspective as it’s a saturated fat, but I know all about the awesomeness it offers your hair – but remember that it has a low melting point of 24˚C or 76˚F, which means it’ll turn from a brittle…...

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Question for you: What do you think about testing kits?

In this post, Angela asks: I wanted to ask you about this testing kit from Saffire Blue, and if you thought that buying and using this type of kit was beneficial for a soap/lotion/shampoo/conditioner test rather than send the product to a lab to be tested. I think that it could save me some money as I…...

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Newbie Tuesday: Learning how to read a formula and convert it into weighted measurements (updated)

You cannot make good bath and body products using volume measurements. It is hard to scale the ingredients to make smaller or larger batches, and, in general, people assume that volume is the same as weight. It is not, and it is vital for the success of your recipes that you get this concept! HOW…...

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