My New Adventures in Surfactants

Around Christmas time, I invested in a few surfactants and related chemicals for delving into the “surfactant” arena.  I made a couple of shampoo recipes, but they did not turn out the greatest.

I learned that there is such  thing as “polar” and “non-polar” fragrances, and that having the wrong type can cause cloudiness in your formulation.  Guess which kind I have?  (yeah– the cloudy kind).

I took a little break from soap making over the holidays and to get through a busy time at work, but now that things have slowed a bit, I decided to give it another whirl.

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Santa brought a chemistry set!

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!”

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)”

Four More for the Gifting List

Whew!  What a week I had at work.  I was so glad it was Friday, I just couldn’t wait to get started making some body butters and lotions for my Christmas giftees.

Unfortunately, I had a few chores which ate into my time a little bit, and my husband caught a cold, so he slept in later than usual, which also limited the amount of time I had.  Luckily, since I started early (Friday night) I was at least able to get four things made this weekend before running out of time.   I made large batches this time, so even though I made only 4 things, there ended up being 9 jars/bottles in all!


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New Lotion, Conditioner and Refills (and something new for the apothecary)

Besides making soap this weekend, I also made quite a bit of lotion.

In my last post, I talked about my experience with Wheatgerm Oil Soap and said I would comment some more on my experiment with Wheatgerm Oil Conditioner.  You will find that below.

On Friday, I published an entry about my experiment with making a redness concealer.

Saturday, I made a refill of my Tsunami lotion, because I already used up 16 ounces that I made a couple of months ago.

And today, I made a new lotion, using Nurture Soap’s “Black Pearl” fragrance. Continue reading “New Lotion, Conditioner and Refills (and something new for the apothecary)”

Free Recipe – Lavender, Rosemary & Mint Foot, Body and Hair Butter

Who doesn’t love a rich, creamy, decadent body butter?

What if it also had lanolin and a host of other skin-loving goodies in it as well?   It would be a fantastic foot butter, great for dry skin and feet!

But wait — there’s more!   What if it also contained oils, butter and emulsifiers that were great for your hair!   It would also function as a thick, intensive hair conditioning cream!

Better yet — below is a free recipe for this wonderful creation! Continue reading “Free Recipe – Lavender, Rosemary & Mint Foot, Body and Hair Butter”

Book Launch: Luscious Lotions, Decadent Creams and Nourishing Conditioners

Today I am thrilled to share that my new book, “Luscious Lotions, Decadent Creams and Nourishing Conditioners” has been published on the Amazon.com Kindle Store.

You can find the book  >> HERE

Luscious Lotions, Decadent Creams and Nourishing Conditioners

30 Emulsified Lotion Recipes and Detailed Instructions

Lisa A. Daniels

445 Pages

ASIN: B074GGZYHK

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