Happy New Year!

Hi all!

Well, it’s been a whirlwind of a vacation for me.  I didn’t do too much bath and body formulating, but I sure did a lot of knitting with my new machine!  Details are over on my other blog – LDKnitwear!

Still I did find time to make a few refills of various lotions and potions and found a good use for all that Sepimax Zen I bought (and don’t like). Continue reading “Happy New Year!”

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Analytical Recipe – Walnut Facial Scrub

My niece, Andi, asked me if I could try to make her something like St. Ives Apricot Scrub. I decided to give it a try.

You see, surfactants and I don’t always get along.   They are finicky and I don’t really have as good a handle on using them as I do with lotions and creams.   I have had a few successes with them though, so I thought, “why not try?”

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Polymer Play – Aristoflex AVC Clay Moisture Mask

Hi all!  I’ve been gone for a couple of weeks, working at my day job, which has been consuming much of my time lately.   This weekend though, I got a little chance to play! I decided to while away my Saturday playing with polymers.   Yes I realize this makes me sound like the biggest nerd in history, but I don’t care — I had fun!

Today’s project – Rose Clay Moisturizing Gel Mask! Continue reading “Polymer Play – Aristoflex AVC Clay Moisture Mask”

Glorious Lard!

Finally, I found LARD!   The much beloved, blogged, and admired soap making fatty acid!

For the longest time I have been looking for it, but have not been able to find lard or tallow locally.  HOWEVER, I was looking by the meats and in the refrigerated section of the store.  Turns out, it is not stored there.  They store it by the Mexican food on one of the international food aisles.

Regardless, I was able to score a couple of containers of it, so right away, I wanted to try to make some soap with it to see what all the fuss was about! Continue reading “Glorious Lard!”

Analytical Recipe -Soothing Touch Jojoba Massage Lotion

For my final post tonight, I wanted to share my analytical recipe for another popular massage product – Soothing Touch Jojoba Massage Lotion.

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Analytical Recipe – BioTone Advanced Therapy Massage Lotion

In my previous post, I shared the exciting news about my new “Dojo” / Exercise Room / Massage Studio.   Now to expand on that post, I am sharing an analytical free formula which is a potential duplication of a popular massage lotion.

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Free Lotion Formula: Lavender & Benzoin Relaxing Lotion with Squalane and HLA

When I first made this lotion, I didn’t care too much for the smell.  I didn’t hate it, but I thought it was a little bit odd.  It smelled vaguely familiar, like an old memory. Perhaps a bit like a baby lotion or other gentle scent from my past.   The longer I used it though, the more I came to really enjoy this scent.

I use this lotion every night before bed.  The scent is relaxing and helps me fall asleep.  Now I can’t live without this lotion –and I ran out of it around Tuesday last week, so it went on my “weekend to-do list”.

I have blogged about this lotion in the past, but I don’t think I ever posted the formula for it.  If I did, then it still wouldn’t have the most recent changes to the formula which I adjusted to make the lotion a little thinner.    In any case, below is a free formula for this wonderful lotion so you can have some too!

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