Weekend Wonderings: Labelling laws for products and ethoxylated products

I’m off this morning to teach my first class at Voyageur Soap & Candle in Surrey, B.C. If you’re interested in learning more about their class schedule, click here! The next one is on November 2nd on hair care products. (And they offer great soap making classes!) I’m so excited! In this Weekend Wonderings post,...

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Much maligned ingredients: Revisiting 1,4-dioxane

In this post, Anonymous asks about PEG-7 olivate: How is this in terms of non-toxic? Are there any concerns about health with this ingredient? I keep hearing some personal care products linked to a 1,4 dioxide carinogen for example. I wrote a post about 1,4-dioxane in the much maligned ingredients series, but I’ll write a little...

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Discussion: Ingredients banned by Whole Foods

There’s been a lively discussion about ingredients banned by Whole Foods in this post, so I thought I’d create a post for that topic here. (Here’s a link to Tony Dweck’s argument as to why many of these ingredients shouldn’t be banned.) I have been unable to find any rationale for why they ban these ingredients,...

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Experiments in the workshop: Behenyl alcohol in a lotion

I decided I’d try behenyl alcohol in place of cetearyl alcohol in this recipe – the rice bran oil based hand protector cream I made as a duplicate of the Body Shop’s hemp hand protector cream for my husband. The original recipe is a very thick lotion that feels slightly greasy going on your hands,...

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Let’s take another look at mineral oil!

As I mentioned the other day, the thickening posts and Iron Chemist will be delayed a few days until the weather warms up enough for me to enter my workshop! I’m willing to suffer for my beloved chemistry, but not so much that the headaches return and keep me in bed for days!  I thought...

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