An Announcement and a Free Emulgel Formula! Celebrate with Me!

I had a number of things I wanted to accomplish this weekend, including a new batch of soap and lotion.   The fates were not on my side though.  Friday night, my scale went “kaput”. Without a scale to use, I had to change gears and do something else this weekend.  Seriously, I burn through scales like crazy.  This must be the third one in the past year!

 

On the knitting front, however, I have more progress to announce.   My new company – LD Knitwear – has completed the testing phase with the Dublin Mitts and Carousel Cowl patterns and published the patterns on Ravelry!  Hooray!

To properly celebrate, I have decided to offer a free formula for making my all-time-favorite-can’t-live-without-it-concoction:

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Rosemary Mint Foot Butter, Cucumber Emulgel, and Pink Grapefruit Gel Cream

I was a busy bee this weekend.  On Friday, I made Cucumber Emulgel.  Saturday, I sewed some coin purse / gift card wallets, and today I made Green Apple & Ginseng Gel Cream, Pink Grapefruit Antiaging & Anti-redness Gel Cream, and a refill of one of my favorite daily-use creams — Rosemary Mint Foot Butter.

It seems like a lot, but the gel creams literally take about 10 minutes each, so it technically takes longer to do cleanup after making them than it does to make them in the first place. Continue reading “Rosemary Mint Foot Butter, Cucumber Emulgel, and Pink Grapefruit Gel Cream”

Green Apple & Ginseng Gel Cream

Time to celebrate!  My Aristoflex AVC finally arrived and I have created a gel cream.  Hooray!

Since this was my first formula using Aristoflex AVC, I kept it very simple so as not to waste too much money should I fail.   Luckily, it turned out wonderful, but any time there is a new ingredient, I try to be safe.

Today I am sharing the formula with you in case you would like to try a simple, small batch formula using this emulsifier.

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Refills and Remakes

I realized about mid week this last week that I was almost out of some of my favorite things — Peach Hair Conditioner and Butter Mints Body Butter.

I also dreamed all week long about getting time to experiment further with some more ideas for emulgels, since my first experiment with them turned out so great.

This weekend was spent doing both things!  It was a good weekend.

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Kraken Slime – A big NOPE

With my recent success at making an emulgel and learning that it is not a true “gel cream” because my emulgel contained a traditional emulsifier (Polawax) along with carbomer instead of using all polymeric emulsifiers, I was left thinking all week long about how to accomplish a true “gel cream”.

I have Sepimax Zen and Carbomer (pre neutralized) so I decided to give a try to a formula containing these two items to make a gel cream.

I did do previous experiments with Sepimax Zen and didn’t care for it, but I thought maybe it could redeem itself in a gel cream rather than as a clear gel.

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…Just Gellin’…

Lately I have been having a blast playing with sodium carbomer and making gels.

I recently posted a few of my adventures in this regard, and this post is to round out my weekend of gel making, with some new gels I made Saturday and Sunday.

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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”