Recall: Arbonne’s Shea Butter Body Wash! An interesting study of preserving our products

The FDA has put out a recall for Arbonne’s Shea Butter Body wash because “because product testing by the manufacturer revealed the presence of Pluralibacter gergoviae.” This bacteria “is an opportunistic pathogen that has repeatedly been isolated from personal care products.” (Reference) This isn’t the first time this company has been involved in a recall...

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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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