Sunday, February 25, 2018

Weekly digest, February 17th to the morning of February 25th, 2018

Welcome to this week's digest of posts! I'm sharing what's been going on over at the new blog with you on the old blog so those of you who receive these notifications by email can see what's happening!

Just so you know, you can find posts all the way back to January 31st, 2011 on the new blog, so I'd encourage you to take a look at what's over there! We're working on February 2009 to January 30, 2011 over the next few weeks. 

Patreon means this is a Patreon exclusive post, and you have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it. (As a note, you can subscribe for as little as $1 a month to access the blog! Click here to learn more.)

Patreon Q&A means this is a question someone posed on Patreon and I'm answering it. You have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it.

If it doesn't say Patreon on it after January 1st, it means it's open to everyone.

Administrative stuff means stuff about the blog, like how things work or will work.

Discussion is an open thread where I hope to see your comments, thoughts, or questions, although you're welcome to share on any post over there.

Open thread is a post where you can discuss any topic you wish!

February 17th, 2018
Open thread: So....what're you thinkin'?

February 19th, 2018
Case study: Drake Apothecary and marketing claims

February 22nd, 2018
Patreon duplication: Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil (part one)

February 23rd, 2018
Patreon duplication: Argan Oil of Morocco Penetratring Oil (part two)

Facebook arguments, penetration enhancers, and being wrong...

Discussion: What's the best way to store ingredients?

February 24th, 2018
Patreon duplication: Formulating cleansing balms - part three, a few starting formulas

Video: Make a sugared lip scrub! 

February 25th, 2018
Check out the reward for $10 Patreon subscriber this month...

Don't forget to check over on the blog regularly to see what's new!

Oh, and as a note, we've just added two new e-zines to our courses & e-books shop on the new site. Click to check them out and see what's in the table of contents. (These are included in the e-zines of choice for this month's Patreon subscribers!)

Actives & cosmeceuticals, part one

Actives & cosmeceuticals, part two

Check out the $10 reward for Patreon subscribers this month!

As you probably know, I’ve been down for most of the month with searing muscle spasms that make it hard to sit up, and although I’ve been working on a new e-zine, it isn’t ready yet.
To that end, I’m offering every $10 Patreon subscriber the e-zine of their choice, which you can find in the courses & e-books section of our site!

As a note, I’ve added the two actives & cosmeceuticals e-zines that were previously available only to Patreon subscribers in March or April 2017, so check those out! (If you aren't a Patreon subscriber, you can still buy them.)

Actives & cosmeceuticals, part one

Actives & cosmeceuticals, part two

If you're a $10 subscriber as of 8 am PST, February 25th, take a look in your Patreon messages on the Patreon site to find the code.

If you subscribed after 8 am PST, February 25th but before 11:59 pm PST February 28th, please e-mail me and I'll send you the code.
If you subscribed after 12:01 am PST, March 1st, I'm sorry, this isn't being offered any more.

And don't forget, $10 subscribers for February 2018 also get a 7% discount with Lotioncrafter!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Digest of posts from February 12th to February 19th, 2018

As I might have warned you, I've been going down rabbit holes and following my curiosity as I answer your questions and share formulas I've been working on for a while. It may seem chaotic - and it kinda is when combined with heavy painkillers for my back - but I'm having fun, and I hope you are, too.

Just so you know, you can find posts all the way back to January 31st, 2011 on the new blog, so I'd encourage you to take a look at what's over there!

Patreon means this is a Patreon exclusive post, and you have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it. (As a note, you can subscribe for as little as $1 a month to access the blog! Click here to learn more.)

Patreon Q&A means this is a question someone posed on Patreon and I'm answering it. You have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it.

If it doesn't say Patreon on it after January 1st, it means it's open to everyone.

Administrative stuff means stuff about the blog, like how things work or will work.

Discussion is an open thread where I hope to see your comments, thoughts, or questions, although you're welcome to share on any post over there.

Open thread is a post where you can discuss any topic you wish!

February 12, 2018
Using powdered surfactants like SCI or SLSa in liquid products

Separation in surfactant based products, like shampoo or body wash? Let’s troubleshoot it! - Share your formulas so we can troubleshoot them!

Mixing surfactants: Slowly and gently with a fork?

February 13, 2018
Patreon Q&A: How to thicken oils that won’t be greasy? Fatty alcohols, fatty acids, liquid esters, and solid esters, plus a formula for a whipped not-butter

Various & sundry things: Moisturizing for baldy heads, link to article, and the freezing point of urine

February 14, 2018
Formula: Enjoy Valentine’s Day with a massage oil in a rollerball bottle

February 15, 2018
Discussion: Have you had a product morph over time?

February 17, 2018
Patreon Q&A: How can I make this lotion more hydrating? (part one)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Over on the new blog, we love the love!

Join me on the blog for a Valentine's Day roller ball massage oil made with essential or fragrance oils or even some sweetened flavour oils. (Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more!)

Don't forget to check out the posts on the new blog as that's where I'm putting all my writing now!

Various & sundry things: Moisturizing for baldy heads, link to article, and the freezing point of urine

Patreon Q&A: How to thicken oils that won’t be greasy? Fatty alcohols, fatty acids, liquid esters, and solid esters, plus a formula for a whipped not-butter

I decided February was a kinda stream of consciousness kind of month, so I'm just writing what pops into my head, all the stuff I find as I go down rabbit holes, and formulas for products I've been working on since 2016! I'm writing up quite a few duplications this month as they led to some really interesting days of research down rabbit holes!

Hope to see you over there!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

A few thoughts and a digest of posts February 7th to February 11th, 2018

I'm sorry I haven't written more this week, but my lower back/hip has been killing me, making it hard to sit up or even balance my laptop on my knees in bed. I had to cancel at class at Voyageur Soap & Candle yesterday as I can't stand for long periods of time, which was really hard to do. I had an epidural yesterday and will have another one next Saturday, so things will be getting better soon, and I'm feeling more optimistic. 

I've been doing more of what I think of as micro-blogging on my Facebook page and Instagram over the last week or so, and I encourage you to check out those social media thingies if you want more of my ramblings on various topics during the week.

A thought when you're making surfactant based products like shampoo, body wash, facial cleanser, bubble bath, and so on to mix very slowly in a zig zag pattern with a fork to avoid bubbles and foam. Never use a hand mixer or immersion blender as you’ll end up with something that looks like this picture below, a shampoo that’s mostly bubbles. You’ll put it in a bottle, then a few days later you’ll have half the volume you did on day one. (I have pictures of that, too, if you'd like to see them.) As well, you won’t know what the viscosity really is and you could end up using the wrong percentage of a thickener like Crothix.

I always mix the surfactants together until uniform, then add the rest of the liquids to make it easier to mix. Add everything, including essential or fragrance oils, then let it sit for a bit before you add thickeners, like Crothix. I often wait overnight before thickening to make sure it has cooled down or warmed up to room temperature.

Patreon means this is a Patreon exclusive post, and you have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it. (As a note, you can subscribe for as little as $1 a month to access the blog! Click here to learn more.)

Patreon Q&A means this is a question someone posed on Patreon and I'm answering it. You have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it.

If it doesn't say Patreon on it after January 1st, it means it's open to everyone.

Administrative stuff means stuff about the blog, like how things work or will work.

Discussion is an open thread where I hope to see your comments, thoughts, or questions, although you're welcome to share on any post over there.

February 7th, 2018
I love the love! Make a white chocolate & babassu massage bar! 

Patreon Q&A: Formulating a cleansing balm (part two)

February 9th, 2018
Discussion: How do you clean up after a day of formulating?

February 11th, 2018
Patreon Q&A: How to add Penstia powder or silica microspheres to lotions? How to modify a lotion for the summer? Where to get misters?

Patreon Q&A: How to thicken oils that won’t be greasy? Beeswax, cera bellina, and Lipidthix

Hope to see you over on the new blog!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Digest of posts February 2nd to February 6th, 2018

I'm having such great fun sharing those things I've learned falling down rabbit holes as I research some of the questions you've posed or ingredients I've found. I had a great question from Derek about liposomes I've been researching for the better part of a month that's making me re-write all I've shared about the chemistry and biology of our skin, which is super exciting!

I'm on a serious Varisoft EQ 65 kick, making all kinds of conditioners, lotions, and conditioner bars with it. This ECOcert conditioning emulsifier  (INCI: Distearoylethyl Dimonium Chloride (and) Cetearyl Alcohol) makes really fluffy, light, less greasy conditioners and lotions. It's so lovely!

As a note, if you want to make some Varisoft EQ 65 products, you can find this ingredient at Windy Point Soap (Canada), Lotioncrafter (USA), or Formulator Sample Shop (USA). (Links provided to help you find ingredients. Not an ad, sponsored post, or affiliate link.)

Patreon means this is a Patreon exclusive post, and you have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it. (As a note, you can subscribe for as little as $1 a month to access the blog! Click here to learn more.)

Patreon Q&A means this is a question someone posed on Patreon and I'm answering it. You have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it.

If it doesn't say Patreon on it after January 1st, it means it's open to everyone.

Administrative stuff means stuff about the blog, like how things work or will work.

Discussion is an open thread where I hope to see your comments, thoughts, or questions, although you're welcome to share on any post over there.

February 3rd, 2018
Patreon: Making lotions using Varisoft EQ 65 (part one)

February 4th, 2018
Patreon: Making lotions with Varisoft EQ 65 (part two, the formula) – The light, fluffy, triple threat 97% natural or ECOcert lotion

February 5th, 2018


February 6th, 2018
Patreon: Formulating a cleansing balm

Friday, February 2, 2018

Digest of posts from January 27th to February 2nd, 2018

Welcome to the digest for the new blog for January 27th to February 2nd, 2018. As you'll see, I've had a super busy week thanks to my new contacts! I've been able to sit in my lovely chair and write for hours with these new ones, which is just such a wonderful feeling!

I'm declaring February to be my "rabbit hole month", and I'll be sharing all kinds of things I've learned by following my curiosity to its logical end point, so look for tons of posts over on the new blog about all kinds of things, like ingredient write ups, formulas, and concepts that help is make more awesome products.

What can you expect from the new blog this month? If you're a Patreon subscriber, I'll be sharing my micellar water formulas this month! I've spent the last 18 months working on a few of them that my guinea pigs...I mean, my testers...have enjoyed! Woo! As well, we'll be taking a look at creating a cleansing balm, making lotions using Varisoft EQ 65, and learning more about charcoal. I've been playing with all kinds of small mixers, and I'll be sharing those results with you this month!

Have I mentioned how inspired and happy I am with the new blog? I'm so excited to see all of you over there, talking, discussing, sharing, and wondering! 

If you're a $10 Patreon subscriber, Lotioncrafter is offering a lovely 7% coupon this month. Jen must really love us, eh?

Here's the digest of the links for posts on the new blog for January 29th to February 2nd, 2018!

Patreon means this is a Patreon exclusive post, and you have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it. (As a note, you can subscribe for as little as $1 a month to access the blog! Click here to learn more.)

Patreon Q&A means this is a question someone posed on Patreon and I'm answering it. You have to be a Patreon subscriber to access it.

If it doesn't say Patreon on it after January 1st, it means it's open to everyone.

Administrative stuff means stuff about the blog, like how things work or will work.

Discussion is an open thread where I hope to see your comments, thoughts, or questions, although you're welcome to share on any post over there.

January 27th
Patreon Q&A: What’s the deal with the emulsifier, Crodex A (INCI: Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), which we might find in Lush products?

Patreon Q&A: Should Natragem EW be used with a thickener?

January 28th
Patreon Q&A: What’s the difference between caprylic/capric triglycerides and squalane?

Patreon duplication: Youth to the People Kale + Green Tea Spinach Vitamins Age Prevention Cleanser (part three)

January 29th
Patreon Q&A: Creating less greasy feeling, more glidy lotion bars? A few thoughts and a formula

Patreon Q&A: How can we incorporate water soluble ingredients into lotion bars?

January 30th
Patreon Q&As: Do surfactants have a shelf life? Can we mix powdered extracts with oil? Do you have micellar water formulas?

Patreon Q&A: How to incorporate water soluble ingredients into anhydrous bars using an emulsifier

January 31st
Patreon: What should be the final pH of our finished products using fruit acid extract?

February 1st
Patreon: What should the final pH of our finished products using willow bark?

February 2nd
Discussion: What piece of equipment are you hankering for?

Welcome to February! 

Patreon: February duplicating posts

Patreon: February Q&A

Patreon: Lotioncrafter coupon