Thursday, March 13, 2014

A few thoughts for the day...

I'm still researching and thinking and experimenting in the workshop, so look for new posts starting this weekend! Between my third cold of the year, my lovely medication related stomach ulcer, teaching classes at Voyageur Soap & Candle, and youth program stuff, I haven't had time to sit at the computer and compose. Thanks for your patience! 

As a thought for the day...Think about the colour of your ingredients! This right yellow body custard is the result of 5% carrot tissue oil! It goes on colourlessly, but we were a little worried at first! It is very pretty, though. 

And this is why we don't measure by volume! Look at the difference in volume once the soy wax has melted! When you see something calling for 1/2 cup of something, is that before or after melting? Make it easier and just say x grams and you'll always have an accurate recipe! 


Unknown said...

Feel better soon, Susan!!!! And thank you for the soya wax picture. It will save me a lot of explaining.

Unknown said...

Also, how do I make my comments not unknown?? I would rather you know when I post :-)

Anonymous said...

This post reminds me of something I've been thinking about lately. I'm just a novice DIYer, playing with mostly anhydrous products. and all of a sudden I wondered why I wasn't looking at my most expensive products that I can't give up even with the high price tag. And then I saw your post which reminds me of the product that should be on the top of my list: Potion 9 - a very expensive leave in conditioner that is fluorescent orange!!! (fortunately it doesn't affect the colour of my hair, but it took some getting used to seeing it straight out of the bottle).

This product to me is the holy grail of hair care products for my thick curly hair. But it is hard to find and very expensive. I cannot go back to frizzy, uncontrollable locks when this orange wonder potion is available.

I don't know if you'd be interested in helping come up with an alternative, reasonably priced, diy, anti-humectant leave in conditioner recipe that would have the same awesome effects on curly locks! Help with that and I would so make another contribution to your awesome programs for youth with any money I'd save over the next couple of years :o)
Thanks for sharing all your awesome information,

If you are interested, it's ingredients are: Water, Glycerin , Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba) , Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil (Safflower) , Hydroxyethylcellulose , PVP , Cetearyl Alcohol , Cetyl Alcohol , Methyl Gluceth-10 , Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Hydrolyzed Soy Protein , Fragrance (Parfum) , Panthenol , Imidazolidinyl Urea , Methylparaben , Amodimethicone , Polysorbate 60 , Propylparaben , Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive) , Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil , Oenothera Biennis Oil (Evening Primrose) , Disodium EDTA , Stearalkonium Chloride , Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil (Sesame) , Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate , Hydrolyzed Silk , Tetrasodium EDTA , Oryza Sativa Bran Oil (Rice) , Citric Acid , Orange 4 , Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract , Salix Alba Bark Extract (Willow) , Ext. Violet 2 , Red 40

p.s. This product is not just for curly hair, but I was told about it by a coworker who has beautiful, glossy ringlets, it works for me on my medium curl, I've told my curly haired friends about it and any who broke down to spend the money to test it won't give it up either. I don't know what other hair types (other than dry) it might work for as well.

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Maxine. I would love to help, but as I note on the blog quite a bit, I don't have time to help with duplications. The blog should help you find out what each ingredient brings to the mix and get you started on creating a starting recipe to help you make it. I will say that this seems like a really basic recipe, but the ingredients seem to be out of order...unless most of these things are being used at less than 1%.