How the ingredients determine the pH of a shampoo bar, and testing Lush’s Jumping Juniper bar

When we were at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies two weeks ago, we had great fun testing the pH of various Lush products, including three shampoo bars – Jumping Juniper, Montalbano, and Trichomania – as well as two “self-preserving” shower gels, Honey I Washed the Kids and The Olive Branch. Let’s take a look at…...

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Testing the pH of stuff at Windy Point Soap!

We had much fun playing with our new pH meters in the pH & preservative class at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in Calgary last night! Michele and I popped into the local Lush to buy a few products for testing as we’ve always been curious about the pH of some of their products. We…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! Part 10: A short video about altering the pH of our products

We had great fun in the workshop making a bunch of little videos about pH, pH indicators, adjusting, testing, and everything else to do with this topic. Here’s a little 2 minute video we made showing how phenolphthalein behaves when we add an acid and reduce the pH. We took a look at pH indicators…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! Part 9: Reducing or increasing the pH of our products

I went into quite a bit of detail in this post – Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! Part four: Testing our products with pH meters – but thought I’d write up a quick reference post on how to adjust the pH of our products. If you want to reduce the pH or make…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! Part 8 : How does a pH meter work?

If you want to catch up on this series, please check out the pH & pH meters section of the blog by clicking the link.  I thought I’d share a little more of the science of our pH meters with you as I found it really interesting! You don’t need to know this to test…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! Part 7: Care and feeding of your new meter – calibration, including using pH calibration fluids and powders

You’ve met all the meters I own and have learned how they work, so let’s do a recap of the things to consider when using and storing them. If you’d like to see the rest of this series, please visit the pH & information about meters, a new section we’ve created for the blog! You can…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! Part 6: Care and feeding of your new meter – taking it out of the box, rinsing & cleaning, storing, and getting rid of those white crystals

You’ve met all the meters I own and have learned how they work, so let’s do a recap of the things to consider when using and storing them. If you’d like to see the rest of this series, please visit the pH & information about meters, a new section we’ve created for the blog! You can…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! Creating a light, non-greasy summer weight lotion with Varisoft EQ 65 (part three, formula and pH)

If you want to catch up on the acids, bases, and pH – oh my! series, please visit the pH & pH meter section of the blog!  On the 7th, we created the water phase of this light summery lotion with Varisoft EQ 65, and yesterday, we looked at the oil phase and considered which…...

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Acids, bases & pH – oh my! Creating a Burst of citrus clarifying shampoo for oily hair

Let’s take a look at using our pH meters and strips to test, then potentially adjust, the pH of a formula for a citrus-y clarifying shampoo perfect for hot summer days! For some reason, I’m feeling really oily this summer, so I thought I should create a clarifying shampoo full of surfactants, hydrosols, and essential…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! What kind of things that might affect pH?

What do you want to know about ingredients and pH? Let’s get this conversation started!  If an ingredient is water soluble, it has the potential to alter the pH. Glycerin, propylene glycol, hydrosols, floral waters, distillates, preservatives, proteins, humectants – these are all found somewhere on the pH scale, and they can have an impact…...

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