Sadly, another Christmas vacation is now behind me, but what a time I had! I had two weeks of glorious freedom! While it did take a little while for me to get my muse focused, it did actually happen — eventually.
For the first week, I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out what I felt like doing. It was cold and snowy (I got my wish for a White Christmas!). I didn’t feel much like making lotion or soap — I just couldn’t get into washing all those dishes and getting wet when it was so cold out. So I decided to start out with sewing and see if that was what my muse wanted to do.
Continue reading “The Fickle Muse”
After my less than successful attempt at trying one of the recipes on the making cosmetics.com site, I decided to test my knowledge (what I have learned so far anyhow) and make my own surfactant based shampoo for my second time around. Continue reading “Surfactant Experiment #2 – A Shampoo”
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”
Santa brought me a chemistry set this year — stocked full of new and exciting things! Surfactants!
So what did I do with them? Well, I managed to not blow up the kitchen, so that was good… but it wasn’t exactly a success on my first rodeo either! Continue reading “Santa brought a chemistry set!”
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”
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.
Continue reading “Green Apple & Ginseng Gel Cream”
I was missing in action last weekend because I took the weekend off — well — almost! I didn’t blog, but I did sew.
With Christmas right around the corner, I decided to use up some fabric scraps and make little gift card / coin purses for my giftees.
I had a bunch of them to make up, but luckily, they don’t use much fabric and they take less than an hour each (even less time if you assembly line them, like I did). Continue reading “Tutorial – Coin Purse / Gift Card Wallet”