Monday, November 10, 2014

Sorry I've been away so long...

...but I've had the seasonal flu! Achy, sore, stuffed up, and generally grumpy for the last week and a half! I managed to crawl out of bed to teach a class on facial products at Voyageur Soap & Candle on Saturday, but then it was right back to bed. Those products you see below are the result of that class. We made a little of everything - facial cleanser, foaming cleanser, facial scrub, eye gel, moisturizer, serum, and toner. It was great fun and I'm offering the class again in December and in the new year! 

Thank goodness for my Nintendo 3DS and the ability to download games. I bought Fantasy Life, an RPG, from the Nintendo store and it gave me hours of fun in between sleeping and whining about how terrible I felt. 

I have tomorrow off for Remembrance Day, so I'm hoping for some workshop time to at least get some basics made! I'm watering down my conditioner and using a body wash made from the dregs of all the bottles in the bathroom! I smell like Clementine Cupcake White Chocolate Yuzu these days! ( Which is actually quite nice!) 

18 comments:

pumpkinpie said...

Hope you feel better! I've been missing your posts xx

Melanie said...

Glad you are on the mend!

Aine said...

Hope you feel better.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear you've been feeling so crappy. It's good to see you back! :)

Erin

Heather Behan said...

Sorry to hear you've been ill. I do hope you're on the mend. xx

Elisabeth said...

Good to see you posting again. Hope you had a good time in the workshop and came up with somre lovely stuff (and that you wore warm clothes. Can I send you a couple of handmade fingerless gloves as a token of admiration?)

rita said...

Good to see you back! :)

Ann Marie Dowden said...

welcome back dear

Elizabeth Aqui-Seto said...

Oh Susan, it's so good to read your post and hear that you're feeling better. I wondered if you had won a lottery or came into a nice inheritance and given up on your loyal cosmetic making online friends.

Take care and I'm looking forward to your future posts.

Cheers,
Elizabeth

Lisa Geeck said...

Get well soon

Andy Lee said...

Hi Crafty Monkey (aka Susan)

Glad you are well and posting again, I look at your website pages every day because I am plowing my way through your latest wonderful ebook (for those who don't know it's over 300 pages) and I click on every link back to read more on certain subjects.

I was wondering about the facial cleanser, foaming cleanser, facial scrub you made at the class. Are those recipes and pertinent discussions the same as the excellent similar ones covered on the site or in the e-books or have you refined them to make something better? If so I'd love to see what you showed those lucky students.

Birgit said...

Get well quickly!

Anonymous said...

Really enjoy your posts and missed you. I wondered if maybe you had forgotten us.

Thank you for all the very good knowledge. I think your blog is a wonderful service.

Elaine Robson said...

Hi Susan: I hope you are fully mended by now. Please know that I enjoy your blog more than any other blog on the internet. You do excellent work! I have a question, of course. Do preservatives themselves have an expiration date/shelf life? I have some Optiphen that I purchased Dec. 2012, Phenonip Feb. 2013 and Germaben IIE Feb. 2013. Would you recommend tossing these and purchasing some fresh preservatives? If you suggest tossing, how would I go about doing that? Down the drain? I'd feel awkward doing that. I have 16 oz. of each. Thank you, Elaine

Gail Ruhland said...

Glad you are feeling better. LOVE your blog. I do have a question though, can I substitute honeyquat, which I can find, for polyquat 7, which I have not been able to find. Thanks for any information.

Sarah said...

Get well soon Susan. Don't rush though - get really better
Sarah x

Terri Shafer said...

+Gail Ruhland I'm not sure when Susan will be back, but here's a link to her post on polyquat 7: http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com/2009/04/better-crafting-through-chemistry_26.html.

As you will read there, you can substitute honeyquat for polyquat 7.

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Thank you to everyone for your kind words. I'm feeling better now, but still wish I had more energy! But then again, that's why the universe created caffeine, eh?

I still haven't made it into my workshop, but have some time this weekend. I'm using a shaving bar as a conditioner bar now - yeah, they're almost the same thing, but my hair doesn't tend to like all those oils I use - and I'm into the serious dregs of the body wash!

If I won the lottery tomorrow, it would mean more time to write the blog, not less time! (And more time to study chemistry!) So have no fear. You can send me loads of money and I won't leave! :-)

Hi Andy! The ones I teach in the class are the ones from the e-book. We make some modifications based upon the specific skin issues presented by people in the class, but I hope you can do that too after reading the e-book. (And sorry my iPhone corrected you to "Amanda" when I sent you out the e-book!)

Hi Elaine. Great question - I'll expand upon it in a Weekend Wondering shortly. I remember reading once that liquid Germall Plus has a shelf life of two years, but I can't find the reference in my notes or my data bulletins, so I shall have to do more research. How to dispose of them? Great question as well!

Hi Gail! Yep, you can substitute other cationic polymers like honeyquat, polyquat 7, polyquat 44, quaternized rice or oats, polyquat 10, and so on with other ones. Just check the usage rates to make sure they are the same. (For instance, polyquat 44 calls for much less than polyquat 7.) Thanks for answering, Terri! I appreciate it!