A few points of interest for the last Sunday in February...
Handmade magazine, and the first one just came out - The Science Behind Citrus! I just received my copy on Friday, and I'm thrilled to bits about it!
For those of you asking about my back, thank you for your kind thoughts! Things were really bad this week. I was off work again and was feeling kinda hopeless. And then yesterday, I had an epidural shot of steroids into my back, and already things are feeling so much better! (My calf muscle has been in a Charley horse spasm for over two years, and last night was the first time it didn't hurt since January 2014. That is what I call a freakin' miracle!) I have two more shots to go in the coming weeks, and I should be good for three to six months! I'm feeling well enough to back to work tomorrow and do some writing today, which is amazing!
I'm milking this shot-into-my-spine thing for all it's worth! "I'm allowed to have five cookies! Did I mention I had a needle going into my spine this morning?"
As a result of all this exciting pain, I've fallen behind on posts and answering email and comments. Please be patient with me! I will catch up soon. (I find it hard to write huge posts and longer comments when lying on my side in bed with my iPhone. You may have seen me on Facebook writing things. That's because I can type short notes very well on my phone!)
Ritamulse SCG here, which can be super thick in as little as half an hour - so leave that lotion alone for a bit and go make something else while you wait!
Please measure your ingredients - all your ingredients, including the essential oils - by weight for accuracy. I can't stress enough how much this idea of using essential oils in drops is not accurate. Is that a drop from an eye dropper, a small pipette, a big pipette, a big eye dropper, a small or large dropper cap, and so on? Better to use a scale and know exactly how much you're using! You can get tiny scales, like my favourite one from London Drugs, the Salter diet scale, for less than $40, and it's worth the money.
In the past, I've had to go into one of those other kind of drug shops to get my scales and pH measuring liquids. I walk in and declare loudly, "I'm here looking for a tiny scale for my cosmetic chemistry projects. Yep, I like making body washes, facial cleansers, lotions - you know, that kind of thing. That's why I'm here, all right!" And so on.
allantoin in a bit of hot water. It has a solubility of 0.5% in 100 grams of water, so you aren't going to see it dissolve well when you're putting 0.5 grams into 10 grams of water. Other things are more soluble than this, but consider that when you can't dissolve 0.5 grams of that lovely powdered extract into 10 grams of water!
Finally, if you want to criticize me, grow the hell up and attach your name to the insults! I'm so sick of anonymous cowards telling me to "do my research" or calling me names. I'm glad you want to defend a big company like Lush against my criticisms, but put your name on your post and we'll have a conversation. If you don't, like every other anonymous comment, you'll be deleted.
Hope you're having a lovely Leap Year Day Eve! (It's not really a thing, but I wanted to end on a positive note!)