Monday, July 9, 2018

Shampoo bars you will love and an update!

Wow, it's been busy over on the new blog!

On Saturday, I shared my new e-book, Shampoo Bars You Will Love: Creating pH Balanced Bars, as well as a shorter e-book with just the formulas, my first single formula issue, One shampoo bar, four ways. 

If you were a $3, $5, or $10 subscriber to the blog as of 2:15 pm PDT on Saturday, July 7th, we offered you a 25% off coupon on the e-book as our thanks for your continued support of the blog. (This is not back-datable, it was a one time only offer we though would be nice to give to our subscribers.)

For those who have been asking, I am doing much better with my muscle spasms and pain. I feel like I have a great health care team in place, and have been prescribed medications that are helping along with exercise, chiropractic treatment, and massage therapy.

I also have a great support team in place now, and so many of you, my lovely readers, are taking time out of your day to ask me how I'm doing, while sending kind thoughts and funny stories and pictures about bees - I love those, Karen! Thank you! It means a lot for me that you're making space in your day to wish me well.

It really is surreal how poorly people treat you when you're incapacitated. I had the executive director of a soap guild "unfriend" me on Facebook because I had to cancel my presentations at a conference, as if I was doing it out of spite instead of out of severe pain. So believe me when I say I appreciate your kindness so much. 

The last two weeks have been huge for me - I have driven my car four times and actually went into a store by myself for the first time since early February! - and I'm getting stronger. I'm working towards a goal - I want to go to the Vancouver Island Metal Festival in mid-August - as I missed two concerts while being stuck in bed earlier this year. I'm not able to stand up long enough to teach a class or even sit long enough for the 45 minute drive down to Voyageur Soap & Candle, but the way things are going, I think I'll be there sooner than I think!

Speaking of Voyageur Soap & Candle, the new shop opens today, so if you can, get down there and enjoy it! I'm hoping to stop by tomorrow for a few minutes as I'm in the neighbourhood for medical care.

Don't forget to join us over on the new blog where the posts are being updated all the time, and where I've been posting - on average - more than once a day since December! The comments sections are jumping, so come on over and add your voice to the conversation!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Updates on the new blog: All new shampoo bar formulas, email notification of posts, and membership information

What're you doing over here when we've been having great fun making pH balanced shampoo bars over on the new blog? I see you accessing the old formulas, which is great, but why not stop by to see some of the new ones I've created?

For those of you who want notifications when I post on the new blog, click here to see our new notification system for which you can sign up!

I can't stress enough how much you want to be over on the new blog! You're missing out on a lot! There are 2,726 posts on this blog (not counting admin stuff and digests) and 3,291 posts over there, with more being added from what was the Patreon feed every day! That's almost 500 posts you've missed while you were over here! 

The posts on this blog are officially frozen in time. As we've moved everything over to the new space, I won't be offering any updates or responses to comments, and much of what you see here will be taken down shortly as there's all kinds of new information to share about so many topics and I want to stay as up to date as possible.

I write a lot over there - this month alone, I've written 36,477 words or around 146 pages if this were a novel! (If you include the e-zine, I've written more than 60,000 words or around 240 pages.) And a big part of that is all this wonderful interaction with my lovely readers on the new blog. They inspire me to buy new ingredients, look at new products, research like crazy, and generally obsess about this amazing craft we all love! I love watching them help each other or share experiences, and I love the community we're building over there.

We've had over 3,000 comments since January, which is amazing when you consider during the same period of time last year on this old blog, we had only a few a week. I think I've written more in May and June alone on the new blog than I did here last year.

And think about this if you aren't a subscriber: For $1 a month, you get 146 pages of ingredient write ups, duplicated formulas, questions and answers, and more, all of it with no pop-ups, ads, or sponsored posts. Seems like one heck of a bargain to me!

Plus, you're missing out on the new surfactants e-zine - 84 pages on everything surfactant-y, including charts for more than 30 surfactants and information on so many thickeners, as well as lots of theory and chemistry!

It comes with your $10 (US) June 2018 membership or you can buy it from the store for $21 Cdn.

The $10 membership gives you all kinds of great things! You’ll get access to subscriber exclusive posts, get to suggest a product duplication, access to the Q&A thread the chance to ask as many questions as you like with guaranteed answers, AND the monthly e-zine (delivered at the end of the month) containing loads of formulas and ingredient information. And this month, Lotioncrafter is offering a 7% off coupon!

If you want to sign up, please don't do it through Patreon. They are a terrible service that takes hundreds from my pledges and offers no support whatsoever! 

Monday, June 18, 2018

What're we doing on the new blog? Shampoo bars and Lush duplications!

Join us over on the new blog this week as I share a duplication of the Lush Jumping Juniper shampoo bar, a post all about sodium coco sulfate (SCS), and shampoo bars using other surfactants that will be more pH balanced.

We're still in the process of updating links for the lists on the new blog, but all the posts you see here are over there now for a grand total of 3.267 posts over there!

Visit the new blog to see all the awesome posts over there! 

Since I last posted on the old blog more than two weeks ago, I have written so much, so I can't really offer a summary here as I have so much more to write this week, including a duplication of Drunk Elephant's Lala Retro Whipped Cream. Considering I'm asking for as little $1 a month to access the paid posts, which keeps the blog ad, sponsor, pop up, and affiliate link free, why not become a paid member of the blog?

Some of you have written to me saying you used to get a newsletter from me, but don't any more. I don't have a newsletter and never have, so I think you might be referring to these email messages you get when I've updated a post on this, the old blog. I haven't set anything up on the new blog as I think the fact that you received the entire post via email led to a reduction of comments and interactions, something I mentioned time and time again I was missing and something that made blogging and sharing less fun for me, but I think we've figured out a way to offer email notifications that only show you part of the post.

I'll let you know when we set this up.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Digest of posts for May 19th to 28th, 2018


The end of the month is always super busy around the blog as I get the e-zine ready and make sure I've answered all the questions posed to me by subscribers.

For subscribers, I've spent the last week duplicating L'Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream in five parts, and started on a three part series duplicating L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil with part one published today.

Considering you can access the subscribers' feed for $1 US a month, seems like a bargain to me!

And we issued this month's e-zine, Beyond Emulsifying Wax: Part two, Modifications and Substitutions. If you're interested in this e-zine, you can buy it from the shop for $13 Cdn.

But if you join as a $10 US member before 11:59 pm May 31st, 2018, you get the e-zine along with access to the paid posts, the ability to ask a question in the Q&A section, the ability to suggest a duplication, and a 7% off coupon for Lotioncrafter. All that for the same price as buying the e-zine!

We're ditching Patreon now that Raymond has created this new membership system on the blog, so when you see "members", this refers to either Patreon subscribers or members of the blog. For now, the rewards remain the same, but given that Patreon takes at least 12% and offers no support unless I tweet directly at the CEO showing my income, things will probably change in the very near future.

For non-subscribers, check out these posts!

May 25th, 2018
Q&A: What are some other uses for menthol crystals?

May 26th, 2018
Subscribers' Q&A: Creating pet care products?

May 27th, 2018
Discussion: What do you make and what do you buy and why?

May 28th, 2018
Crowdsourcing: Can you recommend a decent waterproof label?

Hope to see you over there on the new blog!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The new e-zine is here for subscribers to the new blog!


I'm so excited to share this month's e-zine that every $10 subscriber to the blog gets this month! Beyond Emulsifying Wax, part two: Modifications and Substitutions. It's not only the second part of last month's mammoth tome, the 70 page Beyond Emulsifying Wax, part one in which I write up and share base formulas for 22 different emulsifiers, but it's the first one we're offering as an ePub, so you can read it in iBooks or on your Kobo, and possibly other devices. You get both the ePub and PDF!

Click here to see the table of contents for Beyond Emulsifying Wax, part two

Click here to see the table of contents for Beyond Emulsifying Wax, part one. 

If you aren't a subscriber, you can become one before 11:59 pm on May 31st to get your copy! In addition to the e-zine, you get access to all the paid posts on the blog, which include the 5 part potential duplication of L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream as well as the subscribers' only series on Liposomes with explanations and formulas.

And you also get a 7% off coupon for Lotioncrafter. 

After that, you'll have to buy it through the e-book store. and you don't get all that extra stuff!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Digest for the new blog for May 10 to May 18, 2018

I'm still writing up a storm over on the new blog, sharing more than 10,000 words a week or the equivalent of 50 pages of a novel, because I'm having such fun!

Yeah, I know I said I wasn't doing the digests any more, but Raymond's been helping with the tedious copying and pasting of links, so I can resume again! 

I'm so in love with cucumber, I couldn't stop writing about it, so join me on the new blog for a few more formulas....

Formulating on a budget using cucumber! 
and
make a lovely cucumber-y facial lotion.

I'm trying to create a series of descriptive words we can use for our ingredients and products, so join me for that discussion and share your thoughts!

Before we launched into the members' exclusive series on liposomes, I updated this post on the biology and chemistry of our skin. I have a lot more to add, but needed to start somewhere!

Join me for some more fun with actives & cosmeceuticals: Vitamin C revisited as this'll come up a lot over the next few weeks as we have fun with liposomes and other facial products.

Oh, and join me for Emollients you will love: Palm and palm kernel oil as we start profiling and formulating with some new harder oils and butters I've discovered over the last 18 months, with tucuma butter and murumuru coming up soon.

We're ditching Patreon now that Raymond has created this new membership system on the blog, so when you see "members", this refers to either Patreon subscribers or members of the blog. For now, the rewards remain the same, but given that Patreon takes at least 12% and offers no support unless I tweet directly at the CEO showing my income, things will probably change in the very near future.

For members, join us for this fun new series as well as the upcoming duplicated formula and more Q&A. (Considering you can access the subscribers' feed for $1 US a month, seems like a bargain to me!)

Liposomes: Introduction to liposomes and other concepts

Liposomes: What are they and how to use them?

Liposomes: Vitamin C in a gelled facial serum

Liposomes: Vitamin C in a light facial moisturizer

Hope to see you over there!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Cucumber week continues on the new blog!

We're having tons of fun working with cucumber hydrosol, liquid extract, powdered extract, and seed oil! 

So far we've made...

An anhydrous body butter using cucumber seed oil

(Member exclusive) Cucumber hydrosol micellar water! 

A 99% natural body butter using Simulgreen 18-2

And an emulsified body butter using Polawax! 

As an aside, if you're interested in learning more about subscribing to the blog to get all kinds of exclusive materials, like ingredient write ups and so many formulas, click here! $10 subscribers also get an e-zine every month. In April, I offered Beyond Emulsifying Wax: Part one, which ran 70 pages! For May, we'll be looking at part two of that series as we make a ton of lotions using many of the 21 emulsifiers I featured in part one!

Click here to see all the e-zines and e-books offered on the blog!