A Thing a Day On Vacation – Vacation’s Over Round-up

As every vacation does, this one went by far to quickly.  I can’t believe it’s been a week already, but when I look back at all I accomplished in that week, I feel like I spent my time well.

This post is a round-up of all the things I made all week – this time with much better pictures. 🙂

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A Thing a Day on Vacation – Tick Tock…The Final Countdown!

It’s the last full day of vacation for me to have fun.  So I spent today playing.   When the day started, I didn’t have any idea what I was going to make, but I decided to take on a challenge head on… more surfactants!

Surfactants have thus far been a fair-weather friend to me.   I have had some minor success with them, one glorious victory, and many failures.    So clearly, I need more practice!

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Progress — Despite the Curse

I swear I am cursed when it comes to kitchen scales.  I go through them like crazy.   Seems like every few months I am having to buy a new one.  My most recent one died a week ago, delaying my progress in making my lotion refills.

We went out shopping this week to an outlet mall.   There was a kitchen store there, so we popped in and bought a scale.  It’s a Cuisinart kitchen scale and it wasn’t terribly cheap (I think we paid about $40 for it).

So I get it home and start measuring out my dinner.   Oh, good lord!   Who makes a scale that shows you the measurement in fractions rather than decimals?   Well, apparently Cuisinart does.  Of course there was no indication of this on the outside of the box to warn me!  (So frustrated)!!!! Continue reading “Progress — Despite the Curse”

Free Body Butter Formulation – Inexpensive Body Butter for Gifting

I often make lotions, body butters, soaps, and other bath and body products to be luxurious (using exotic or more expensive ingredients to make them ultra-pampering).    This, however, can drive up the price of the product.

If making the product for yourself, or giving to a special person in your life, that is not a big deal.   Nothing that I make is so expensive that it is prohibitive.  Some things are just a little more pricey than others.

There are times, though, that you need to make larger than normal amounts — for the holidays, for example.   In those cases, especially when the people on your gift list might be younger people, a less expensive version is always a good thing to have in your repertoire.

As such, I wanted to share the recipe I have been using for the body butters on my Christmas gifting list with you. Continue reading “Free Body Butter Formulation – Inexpensive Body Butter for Gifting”

The Christmas “To Do List” is Shrinking

More progress was made this weekend on reducing the “undone” items on my gifting list for Christmas.  I posted about the bath bombs I made, and the gel experiments,    This post is about the other things I accomplished this weekend – Lotions! Continue reading “The Christmas “To Do List” is Shrinking”

Body Butter, Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer and Light Body Lotion

I had a blast this weekend making a few more lotions.   Yesterday, I made a dupe lotion of the Ellis Brooklyn – Verb – Excellent Body Milk product and posted the free analytical recipe.   Today I made 3 more lotions, just as wonderful!

This time, I made a body butter, an oil-free, under make-up facial moisturizer, and a light  body lotion.

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Analytical Recipe – Possible dupe of Ellis Brooklyn – Verb – Excellent Body Milk

It has been quite a while since I did a post with an analytical recipe, so today, I have a new one to share with you.

While shopping for beauty products recently, I came across one that looked “duplicatable”.   When looking for a lotion that is “duplicatable”, I look at the ingredients list and see what I have in my stock, or could potentially purchase, to make the recipe.   Many times, commercial brands use ingredients that are not readily available in the “home crafting” market, so you can’t really duplicate them identically.

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