Let’s talk pets with Melinda! Formulating Safe Pet Products: Canine Cosmetology: Part four, carrier oils & butters

Making handmade pet products offers us the ability to create formulations based on what we have easily available to us, which for most of us, are ingredients we already use to create our own products.  But is it safe?  There are actually a surprising amount of ingredients that we use in human product formulation that...

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Let’s talk pets with Melinda! Formulating Safe Pet Products: Canine Cosmetology: Part three, coat types and combinations

In Canine Cosmetology – part one and part two –  we went over the basics of canine skin and factors to consider in regards to product making. In order for the skin to be healthy, the coat must also be healthy and able to perform its functions well. A healthy coat appears vibrant, lustrous, clean,...

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Let’s talk pets with Melinda! Formulating Safe Pet Products: Canine Cosmetology: Part two, more skin basics

In Canine Cosmetology, part one, skin basics, I talked about the skin’s function, its layers, and how important its microbiology is. Today I’ll discuss the importance of products such as shampoos and their affects. How can we avoid disrupting a dog’s healthy skin microflora/microbiota? Let’s start with pH. On a dog, the pH measurement is...

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Let’s talk pets with Melinda! Formulating Safe Pet Products: Canine Cosmetology: Part one, skin basics

In this series I will talk about the basics of canine cosmetology regarding skin and coat, ingredient toxicity, and essential oil safety considerations. Today, part one – skin basics. Healthy skin is crucial to the overall health of a dog, so it’s essential to understand how the skin functions, what it needs to function well,...

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Let’s talk pets with Melinda! Formulating a paw balm

One of the only workshops I attended at the 2017 conference in Las Vegas last year was one by Melinda Wolff-Foster about making products for our pets. I’m so excited she said yes when I asked her to be a guest blogger. In fact, she’s the first guest blogger I’ve invited to share her thoughts...

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