Q&A: Do we need to test and adjust the pH of our lotions?

In our Zoom workshop last Sunday, we made the formula you can see in this week’s Newbie Tuesday post for hand & body lotion with Polawax, e-wax NF, Phytomulse, or Natragem EW. This will product a lotion with a pH between 5 to 6.5-ish, which is where we want it to be for our skin....

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Questions from the recent Zoom workshop on shampoo bars: pH, pH testing & pH meters

Thanks for joining me today. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at the questions you had about the pH of the shampoo bars we made in the Zoom workshop on June 14th, 2020. I’ve been going through the chat you were having – which was awesome! – and trying to answer the questions...

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Join me this Sunday for a Zoom meeting on pH & pH meters (Download formula & handout here!)

pH & pH meters! Join me as we take a look at pH and our products. We’ll calibrate our meters, then use them to test a few different products. I’ll show you how to prepare your your product for testing, create pH adjusting fluids, measure the pH of your product, and adjust the pH.  Topic: pH...

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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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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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