What a good pH Meter can do for you

Several months ago, I purchased a pH meter from Lotioncrafter.   At the time, I bought it so that I could measure the pH of my lotions to be sure that they were in the “safe” range for leave-on products (between 4 to 6).

Let’s take a look at why I selected this particular meter, how to calibrate and use it, and how it can help to better create and monitor our products.  You may decide you “need” one, or you may decide you can “live without”. Continue reading “What a good pH Meter can do for you”

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My little product photography setup (how a terrible photographer manages the task)

We are all students of life.  Often times our horizons expand, forcing us to learn new things in order to accomplish another thing.  Such is the case with me and photography.

I have always been a terrible photographer.  Even with “no-shake” technology built into cameras, I still manage to get blurry pictures.   Cameras and I have never gotten along! Continue reading “My little product photography setup (how a terrible photographer manages the task)”

Labeling (for personal use)

Part of the perceived value of a product is the packaging.  We don’t want to admit it — but it’s so true!

If I were to slap a handwritten label on my bottle of lotion, it would be nice enough, would get the job done, and be presentable for personal use.  However, the message that a handwritten label sends is that the product is “homespun” and that has a value attached to it.  Some people find that value high (if they are a natural loving person) and some find the value low (if they consider commercial brands to be superior).  Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder!  A thing of beauty is a joy to behold!  (and so forth).

With a product like handmade, natural soaps, the homespun label fits the product type.  With lotions, however, there is nothing natural about them and the homespun label would completely send the wrong message — at least for my lotions. Continue reading “Labeling (for personal use)”

Something a little bit different

This weekend was spent doing something different.   I have been making soaps and lotions for so long, that my sewing fell behind schedule.   I was able to catch it up this weekend, though, and I am just two projects short of being done.

To round out my gift to my sister and her girls when I go see them in a couple of weeks, I make them some cute pillowcases and cell phone wristlet purses.

I have made these for them many times before, but they so look forward every year to getting a new one. Continue reading “Something a little bit different”

The amount of fun you had is proportional to the size of the mess you made! A weekend wrap-up!

Wow, what a weekend I had!   I made 6 batches of bath bombs and two batches of soap!

I owe my sister a visit soon, and all the things I have been making for months are really stacking up!   My dining room and kitchen were a total mess, but the way I see it, if you didn’t make a mess, then you weren’t having fun!

Continue reading “The amount of fun you had is proportional to the size of the mess you made! A weekend wrap-up!”

Sanitization – Two Methods

When making soap, cleanliness is important, of course, but when making lotion, you need to achieve another level of cleanliness — which is sanitization.

To “clean” something means to wash away the debris.  Think of it like washing your dishes by hand.  The warm soapy water and agitation with a wash cloth removes the dirt, grease and grime, but the rinse water can contain bacteria.   The dish towel you wipe the dishes dry with can also contain bacteria.  So the dishes may be “clean” but they are not bacteria-free.

To “sanitize” something means that the item is clean, but also has had about 99% of the bacteria killed off.  Think of it like washing your dishes in the dishwasher — the intense heat and duration of exposure to the heat kills the bacteria. Continue reading “Sanitization – Two Methods”