Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I'm still alive...

I'm still here and researching things, but I'm finding it hard to find time to write posts in the midst of work and life in general. I'm on holiday time as of Saturday, so I'll have more time to write and experiment and generally blog more often for a week and a half, so I ask that you bear with me. If you have any ideas for posts or comments or questions to share, please keep them coming. You never know if your off hand comment becomes a three week series on your favourite topic! 


Anonymous said...

Dear Susan,
Sometime i wonder how you are able to keep up with the blog so well, because we all know how busy you are, don't worry we understand you. Anyway you do a really great job at keeping up with the blog. How about if we try a body mist or spray, i got a really wonderful fragrance this week and would like to try it in a body mist. Have a great day and thanks,

Elise said...

I'm really interested in making my own cleansing milk which rinses clean. I have looked at some different cleansers for inspiration but i can' figure out how they get them to rinse clean because they look like normal lotion (which doesn't rinse clean in my experience).

Sukin Sensitive Cleansing Lotion
Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Vanillin, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract.

Do you know what in this makes it water-soluble?

I appreciate your help, thank you.

- Elise

Heela said...

I've an idea for a series. I am not sure if you would be interested, but I thought I would throw it out there. I'd like to learn about some other emulsifiers, specifically those that create lamellar crystal structures. I have a couple of such emulsifiers (olivem 1000 and olivoil glutamate) but am hesitant to use them as I have had so many fails with them. Some basic reading -

Tole Shuma said...

Hi susan...I cant say how greatful and thankful i am as you have been much help of me in starting making my own products here in Kenya Africa... Yours is the best blog ever written in a simple fun way since learning can be such a tedious process...You opened a world of possibilities to me tweaking my own recipes... Yours
Tole Shuma

René Beyers said...

Hi Susan -

My comment relates to a comment I just posted at:!)

It might be interesting to discuss the EU regulations and requirements (reports, testing, labels) for products offered for sale. I've been getting conflicting advice and looking at the EU regulation for stability testing it is perhaps possible to interpret it in two ways… or perhaps not!


Anonymous said...

Susan, Glad to hear you are still alive! First up in the morning is my checking email and enjoying a post from you. Your site has helped me learn so much, and all from a no-knowledge background; just curiosity. Am almost ready to begin making things for my family and friends. Just wanted to say thank you. Mary Beth

Bunny said...

Oh Rene... that's a good question, but a toughie. I work in a chemical company that has branches in Asia and Europe and we have a whole TEAM of people who work on shipping regulations!

Susan, we don't need a new post every day. =) Take your time! As for a topic... I'll ask what I asked before in another thread somewhere: I'd like to know about quaternized proteins! You've been using rice, but I've seen soy available as well. Would be this be a good inclusion for a conditioner to add to the BTMS's conditioning power? Or, with the addition of a suitable fatty acid, could it even replace BTMS as the only quat in solution??

Thanks kindly!

Anonymous said...

Ok, i found a mist recipe on the blog.

Anonymous said...

No problem Susan. It gives me a chance to get caught up on my reading and refer back to some of your older posts.
-Beth D.

Katie Ziegler said...

Heela, I've also had a lot of failed emulsions with Olivem 1000. I was frustrated enough that I considered throwing out the rest of my stock and trying something else! I'm glad I didn't give up, because once I figured out the secret, I've been very happy with everything I've made with Olivem 1000 (for the record, I am in no way affiliated with anyone who makes or distributes it).

I found that the trick is to keep mixing with the hand mixer until the emulsion cools to 45ºC. Then I add in my cool down phase and either mix by hand or with the mixer. Since I started following this procedure I haven't had a single emulsion fail. You just have to remember that you can't stop mixing, even for a moment to scrape down the sides of your container.

I think I remember seeing that Susan will be discussing this type of emulsifier in the near future, so I'm sure she'll give a lot more information about how they work and how to use them best.

I hope this helps you!

Anonymous said...

Hello Susan, do we need to add preservative in a lotion bar if we substitute some of the wax for BTMS, ewax or cetyl? I know we do not have to with only wax, oils and butter, but once we add these other ingredient i don't know.

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan, thanks for your research, it is such a refreshing blog. I agree with the comment on you not needing to blog every day - there is such a wealth of information on the blog that it is easy to find something great to read.

Rosi's comment about preservatives is interesting to me too. I am wondering whether you would a preservative in an anhydrous product that contains tempered shea butter - when it warms up again what happens to the water on the shea butter - does it evaporate when reheated?


Anonymous said...

Hello Susan,

I've been reading your blog everyday for the past 7 months! Thank you for your generosity. I have been making lotions for a while and now I would like to start formulating some hair care products. To make things easy, I was wondering if I can make an anhydrous hair mask that is similar to your sugar scrub recipe (but minus the sugar.) Would it simply be too greasy?

Thank you so much.

Deb said...

Hi Susan,
I Love your blog and read it daily. I noticed an ad in the NYTimes about a skin cream that creates miracles if you believe the hype (which I don't). They list the ingredients, but I didn't recognize any of them. Can you translate it? Are any of their claims plausible?
Here is the website:
There were some other creams touted, but #1 seemed to have the most anti-aging claims. Thanks. Deb

Anonymous said...

Hello Rachel,
I made a lotion bar with beeswax, some cetyl, some ewax, castor oil vit. E, C and A and fragrance and that's for the face since expert says that all these vitamin are good to prevent aging, protect the skin and to improve our skin. I did not add shea butter because i've used before and it makes my face break out with acne. I like it because it gives my skin that sheen that is no longer there as we age, it is not grease, smells good and when i wash either my hand or face is not sticky, it's kind of silky like a lotion would feel like and hopefully my skin is really benefiting from these ingredients. I used castor oil because it has humectant properties, i also added some dimethicone.