Thursday, November 30, 2017

Unlock posts with your comments!

As I mentioned in this post, Huge news that will affect the blog, I miss is being a part of a community of creators, connecting with people who love this thing as much as I do, and I'm really feeling the isolation when I look for a place to recharge my batteries.

Think of every single post - new and old - as a tiny Kickstarter type thing that needs your attention to unlock the next installment. If you see part one of a post, you won't see part two until there's a certain amount of interaction in the form of comments. If there isn't that interaction after a week, it won't be posted as I'll assume you aren't interested that topic, ingredient, or formula. For older posts, if I see a topic that's suddenly filled with comments or feedback, I'll make sure I spend time on that topic again in the future. 

If you're interested in seeing part two of the series on cosmeceuticals, share your thoughts! If you aren't interested in it, that's fine. I'll move on to another topic. (The rest of that series will remain on my Patreon page as I write these things a few weeks in advance now for those subscribers.)

You don't have to say much - share a thought about the topic; something you love or hate about the oil, emulsifier, or surfactant; write about your experiences; tell me about the fail you had with it so we can fix it; think about how you might make substitutions; share your favourite fragrance in it; or anything else you can think of - but say something. The only rule - as of this moment - is that you must do it with kindness, with an understanding that every single person who reads it, including me, is a human being who has feelings. We can totally disagree, but we do it as adults without condescension or insults.

Some of you have mentioned that you're surprised to see me wanting you to comment as I'm probably swamped with things already. Yeah, I definitely am, it isn't about you asking me questions and me answering them. It's about you sharing your feelings, experiences, and thoughts. It's about you asking questions and other people answering them. It's about creating a community in which we support each other and provide awesome, science based information as we all take this journey together. It's not about me as I'm just your guide to faciliate this process, but I want to learn about you and what you like, too! How can I write about things that interest you if I have no idea what interests you?

Quite a few of you have written to me privately or posted on here that it's hard for you to comment as you're really busy. I get that, believe me, I get that, but it would be nice to see you around here some time. If you value what I'm offering, why not make time when you're sitting at the doctor's office or having a coffee break or using the toilet - oh, you know you do it, we all do it! - to add your voice to the conversation? It only takes a minute, and your helpful comment might be the thing that helps someone fall in love with this craft all over again!

Finally, if you get these posts by e-mail, you won't see the edits or updates I've made to them, as well as the comments from other people that might spark something in you! Please come visit the blog and be part of this community to see what you're missing!

If you'd like to see posts from the blog a few weeks earlier or don't feel like commenting, click here for more information on my Patreon feed. $10 subscribers get an e-zine as well as discounts from awesome shops, like Lotioncrafterbut you can subscribe at as little as $1 a month to gain access to the feed.

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Me said...

I think this is a great idea!
I used to get some great interaction from The Dish, but, sadly, that has petered out greatly.
If we could get some interest and interaction ramped up here that would be awesome!!

Frit said...

Thank you Susan, I totally get where you are coming from. Keep on rockin'!

Michelle Traje said...

Hi Susan! I've been following your blog probably a couple of weeks now and I must say I didn't find any other blog as informative as yours about creating bath and body products. And it's good that you keep reminding us that there is science behind making this kinds of products and you can't just follow various recipes online if you are serious about making it a business. I am from the Philippines. And while there are already classes held here about making bath and body products, I still find them lacking of information and sincerity. Most of them are suppliers who wanted to start selling their raw materials to new formulators like me. Your blog is amazing as I can even go to your first posts and I find them still informative to this date. You also made me understand the importance of using preservatives on some products like on lotions. Please proceed with the cosmeceuticals as I am learning and interested about it. Here in the Philippines, people want products that can improve their complexion or their appearance. I'd love to learn about these products. I admit I'm interested in making this a serious business but as I read some of your posts that we cannot just sell right away what we created once and it takes time to really see if your finish product will stood its test, but I am so willing to wait. And to learn too even if my products will just be for personal use. You have an amazing blog here. And you're one amazingly, generous woman to not withhold to us the knowledge you gained, even for free. Yes, as one commenter have said, keep on rockin' Susan!

KMY said...

In your recent posts about wanting/needing comments and more interaction from your audience, I didn’t see anything about the ANONYMOUS people. May I assume you will be deleting or somehow screening them? I hope so...

KMY said...

I have a request about the website/blog — is it possible to move the SEARCH button closer to the top of the page? I use it a lot and on my iPad & iPhone I have to scroll way down. Food for thought.

Something you could do on the blog or Patreon is to have a “Discussion” or “Forum” section; this often encourages interaction from your readers. I know these types of posts in facebook groups often get hundreds of interactions. Have you considered having your own facebook group?

Kim said...

I've been using DMAE and Pepha Tight in a double tightening facial lotion using Montanov 68 that has really worked well for me, as well as an anhydrous double vitamin C serum. Most people think I'm younger than I am - nice! But, I've recently been mixing it up with Relistate for elastin protection. I followed your cosmeceutical series previously, and am interested in hearing your new information! Thanks Susan!

Kim said...

And yes . . the dish has not much going on anymore. Used to be some great discussions on formulating, but it's cricket sounds over there now.

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

I miss the Dish forum so much. I wouldn't have learned any of this if it hadn't been so welcoming and lively, and I'm grateful to it. I used visit many times during the day, and was so excited to see what people would post next. I stopped visiting when a specific person decided to attack me to the point that other members were warning her to back off in public and in private, but I had been slowly leaving for a while as the culture turned into one where nobody shared their formulas - which seems wrong considering we learned so much from those who shared freely with us. But now the person who attacked me can be queen of what's left over there.

This is a huge problem I see, though - people don't share any more. They hoard their information and formulas like gold, but they learned from someone who likely shared freely. I share because I know I can make as many formulas as I like with all kinds of ingredients, but there's a point where people like me get tired of the hoarding takers. Sigh...

Kim said...

I was not aware of your attacker over there - that is very sad indeed. I did see the nastiness to others, and people who used to participate stopped doing so. Frequently I would see a new person show up looking for help, and the dog pile of rudeness that ensued was shameful, and sadly, predictable. I enjoy civilized conversation, and there's no reason why it can't happen online too. Well, that's too bad, but I'm glad we're having great discussions here!

Sarah Diamond said...

So many cosmeceuticals. Not enough time in the world!

Has anyone used 72h Moisture from making cosmetics? INCI Saccharide isomerate, water, citric acid, sodium citrate. How did it work for you? I see claims for "72 hour moisturizing" in a lot of new commercial products, and I would love for this to be true :)

Kelley said...

Hey Susan, I found your blog several months ago and it has become my go-to to find information on everything. It's the first place I look. I purchased several of your ebooks and found the information invaluable. Thanks for all of the great work that you do.

M M said...

I would love to have a place to share ideas, formulas and whatever, but it's not easy to do it in the comment section of a personal blog, no matter how generous it is and how friendly you are. I would always have the feeling I'm crossing some bouderies if I do not stick strictly to your post and that my writing will be soon burried. I would feel much confortable to do it in a devoted section or forum. Come on Susan, give us a place to share :)

Vintage Blue said...

Hi Susan,

I got a question and hopefully, you can help me. I tried typing in the search bar but the searches came back with lotions bars and not lotions. I am searching for a beeswax lotion.

I was at a store recently and at the counter, they had a hand lotion with beeswax in it. I liked how it felt and noticed that when I washed my hands later in the day the water seem to bead off a bit. It got me thinking that I would love to make a beeswax lotion for my daughter that is a CNA and constantly washing her hands and started to get the cracked skin. She can't do lanolin as she is allergic to it and we would really like to stay away from petroleum jelly. So I was thinking maybe adding beeswax to get this barrier might help her to protect her hands.

So I was wondering how to incorporate beeswax into a hand lotion?

This is how I currently have my hand lotion formulated:

65% Water
2% Sodium Lactate
3% Glycerin

7% Ewax NF
6% Mango Butter
3% Stearic Acid
11% Oil (Usually do a mix of apricot and avocado)

2% FO
1% Optiphen Plus

If adding beeswax to a lotion is possible, what would be the best way to incorporate and what item would I remove in the oil phase?and is there something else I could do to this recipe with out having to buy super fancy ingredients to give her the best hand protection i can give her.

I appreciate your insight very much.


Lizabtms said...

Hi, my name is.Elizabeth I have never commented before because every time I do my AutoCorrect makes me sound like I have no idea how to speak English. I started making soap and other things this year. I think I got sent to your blog from Marie at humble bee and me. There is a lot to learn. Some of it I don't understand. But that's what learning is all about. I am apprehensive to engage. I have had some bad experiences on some soaping forums. But everything I have read here is very informative and I can tell that you take the time to research and explain and answer everyone's questions. What I think is really neat is that I grew up in the Langley area. I think the biggest thing for me right now is experimenting with different ingredients and then forgetting to write it down in my recipe book. I made some really great body butter and I can't remember what I put in it. When I first started making my own products I was great about writing every little thing down but I think I got lazy, maybe I just think I'll remember now because I've been at it for eight months lol. Nope still can't remember. So I guess the body butter I made is not going to make me famous because I can't reproduce it. 😜

Katherin Torres said...

I think cosmeceuticals are great. I do my own face cream and It really works better than every expensive brand out there.

jigna thakkar said...

Hi Susan,
I make glycolic acid cream by adding 3ml glycolic acid to the cream base. Can I add few drops of triethanaloamine after adding the glycolic acid to buffer it.
Dr Jigna Thakkar

Bridget Clancy said...

Hey Susan, I used to post here a year or two ago but haven’t since I’ve been taking a break from making cosmetics to pursue my other hobbies(bobbin lacemaking and sewing reproduction Victorian clothing. I sure am one for obscure hobbies eh?). But I wanted to say thank you because I have learned so much from you. I would be happy to share my experiments and formulas in the comments on your blog. However, a lot of what I’ve been working on lately is products(and ingredients) you haven’t really covered on your blog. I’ve been working on formulating eyeliners, liquid lipstick, and styling products for hair. As I say, these aren’t products you’ve posted on much(or at all), and the ingredient experiments and research I’ve done is often on ingredients you haven’t used or posted on(for instance film formers like acrylates octylacrylamide copolymer, trimethylsiloxy silicate, polypropyl silsesquioxane). Like I said, it would please me to share what I’ve learned if it would be of interest to you or your other readers, but there’s no obvious place in the comments sections of your posts to put it. I actually already typed up a few paragraphs about an experiment I did with Making Cosmetics’ acrylates octylacrylamide copolymer. I can post it if you like. I also have, after much sweat and tears, a good gel eyeliner formula I could share. Perhaps an open thread or something? Just a thought. Or if you prefer, I can just restrict my comments to things like body wash that you have covered on your blog.