We’re in Manchester eating crisps and Cadbury bars…

Thank goodness I had my little carry on stash of travel essentials with me in our flight to Manchester via Amsterdam! Lip balm, hand lotion, body lotion, peppermint cooling spray, and more hand & body lotion: I can’t tell you how exhausted I am after two flights and a stop over on no sleep and…...

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What’s the silliest mistake you’ve ever made?

What’s the silliest mistake you’ve made so far when making bath & body products? I had an almost mistake back in 2006, when I started this awesome journey. I had a terrible cold, one that had my sinuses so stuffed, I couldn’t lay down to sleep without feeling like I was drowning. Could I use…...

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Discussion: Let’s talk about substitutions!

Every day I’m asked, “I don’t have ingredient X. What can I use instead?” This is like asking, “What’s a substitute for black pepper?” In what kind of food? What flavours are you hoping to achieve? What other ingredients are you using in this meal? Who will be eating it? Consider what the response might…...

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Discussion: What tools or small pieces of equipment rock your world? 

I admit that I’m a bit of a tool freak in the workshop. (Wow, that sounded way less suggestive in my head…) I love finding something that’ll make my life slightly easier when it comes to measuring, mixing, creating, testing, packaging, or anything else! One of my new favourite things is this giant fork from…...

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Discussion: What are your favourite ingredients? Top 5 oils or butters?

I was considering the discussion we had in this post – Discussion: What are your favourite ingredients? Lotions and facial products – and thought we should talk emollients! What are your top 5 oils or butters? I always tell this story in my classes and presentations…When I started making products, I’d see a formula like…...

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Discussion: How did you get started making products?

What’s your origin story? How did you become the awesome crafter you are today? What were some of the things you made? I’m sure you’ve heard this story from me before… I was offering a free craft program at the library, and really wanted to make bath bombs. I’d made them quite a few times,…...

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Discussion: What do you wish you’d have known when you started making products?

I remember being so excited when I started making products, and I had to make every formula I found. I would sit at the coffee shop near my office every morning to plan out what I’d make next. I would find a formula – something like sweet almond & aloe hand lotion – and I’d…...

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Patreon: Welcome to January 2018

I can’t believe it’s 2018! Where did the time go? Why don’t I have a flying car yet? If you’re a $3 subscriber or higher, please join me in the duplicating post to make your suggestions for products I might be able to duplicate. If you’re a $5 or higher subscriber, please join me in…...

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