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!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Digest April 29-May 6, 2018

This week on the blog we saw people enjoying the new e-Zine "Beyond Emulsifying Wax", many users switched over to direct subscriptions on the blog rather than the somewhat buggy Patreon method, an exclusive discount from Lotioncrafter, and some more quick asides about Vitamin E and parts per million. All that and so much more, get clicking!

Click here to see information about the memberships we're offering in lieu of Patreon subscriptions. 

If you were registered for my facial products seminar at the conference in Atlanta please contact me to get a copy of the formulas.

And as a quick note, I'm no longer updating the links to lists section over here on the old blog. I'm updating them on the new blog, and have added new material to the emollients, extracts, and chemistry sections this week. 

April 30th
How to log into the blog for members’ only posts and find e-zines or e-books
Members’ Q&A: Tips or tricks for using glyceryl caprylate/caprate?

May 1st
Members’ Q&A for May 2018?
Members’ duplication request post for May 2018!
Welcome to May 2018! Oops, this is embarrassing!
$10 members  – 7% off Lotioncrafter this month

May 2nd
Members exclusive: Formulas I would have offered at the US conference: Targeted treatment gel

May 3rd
What’s the difference between these Vitamin Es?
Quick aside: What does parts per million (ppm) mean?

May 4th
Quick aside: Volume versus weight

May 5th
Another installment of “for the love of God, please don’t make this!” – HGTV’s homemade cucumber body butter

May 6th
Quick aside: Converting a formula from percentages to weight
Emollients you will love: Cucumber seed oil

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A reminder about the new blog!

Just a reminder that I'm not updating posts or responding to this blog any more. You can find most of the posts from here over on the new blog and we should have the rest over there shortly.

I'm also not updating any of the lists of links for things like surfactants or preservatives and so on any more as I'm updating them over there.

I've paid for a lovely new commenting system - Disqus - to make it easier to talk to me and each other, which is just lovely.

Some of the posts are members’ only - which used to be Patreon only before they failed us miserably and we decided to leave - and some are free. Considering it’s only $1 to access all the posts now, check out this post on how to subscribe.

I have a new blog where you can find everything here and more. Why don't you join us?!