Saturday, September 19, 2015

Less than a month until the conference!

Thank you to everyone for sending me all your kind thoughts about my back. It is getting better, but sitting up is still pretty painful. I've been going to massage twice a week, and it helps so much! I'm not ready to get into the workshop as I can't stand for a long time, but I think I can do some writing tomorrow! 

I can't believe it's less than a month until the first Canadian Guild of Soapmakers, Chandlers, and Cosmetic Crafters' conference in Banff! (You can find more information here - I'll be there offering two workshops - lotion making and hair care products - and there are tons of things to do there, including candle making, soap and business workshops, and more! Plus, you get to spend the weekend talking about making stuff! I can't wait to be surrounded by people who will know what humectants are!

If you're going, I'd love to meet up! If you can, keep an eye on this blog for some ideas of where we could meet once we get there and learn what's there! (Anyone want to find a karaoke place with me?) 

And if you are taking one of my workshops, do you have an idea of something you'd like to know or learn? Don't worry, I have a plan, but it's always fun to modify it on the fly as per the interests of the group! 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Thanks for all the kind thoughts!

It's been a long two weeks, but the pain is getting better every day! I am sitting up for long periods of time, and the shooting pains have stopped. I managed to go to work on Friday for a bit and went out for dinner last night. I'm planning a morning at the gym - nothing too strenuous, just some stretching and light weights. Woo hoo! 

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and wishes. They have been so lovely to read! I really do have the most wonderful readers. I've been developing recipes that I hope to try out next weekend with all kinds of new ingredients! (Pictured below!) 

Thank you again for being so awesome!!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sorry for the lack of posts...

This past week was supposed to be filled with all kinds of experiments with my new ingredients as I enjoyed a holiday from work...except I trashed my back organizing the workshop last Monday and I've been bed ridden since! I think this is the worst pain I've endured in my life, which is saying a lot as I fall down more than you'd think! Today is the first day I've been able to lie on my back, which means I may be able to use the laptop soon. 

Having said this, I'm able to use my iPhone and iPad, so I can send out e-books and answer your questions. Just don't expect too much as I'm a bit dopey from all the pain meds! 

This is my sick bed cuddle buddy, Blondie! So cute! And such a good thief! 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Designing your products as a line: Shampoo - conditioning agents

When we take a regular or clarifying shampoo and add a conditioning agent or cationic polymer like polyquat 7 or honeyquat to it, we change it into a conditioning shampoo. If you're using a conditioner after washing, should we bother?

Yes! It doesn't take much to make a great impact - say up to 3% - but it makes a world of difference!

Have you ever washed your hair and felt it before conditioning? It can feel like straw, hard and scratchy, maybe a bit tangled. Adding a cationic polymer or dimethicone can make this feeling go away. You don't need much to make a difference, but I think it is an important inclusion in a shampoo. As well, we know that conditioning agents increase the mildness of a shampoo, which means our scalp will feel more moisturized and less irritated. We can also add dimethicone in low quantities - at up to 3%  - to a shampoo to get some awesome conditioning action.

The downside of using a conditioning agent in a shampoo is that sometimes they can build up. Something like cationic guar gum can lead to build up on our hair, so you might want to use a clarifying shampoo - one without condtioning agents - once a week to remove it.

Other posts in this series:
Shampoo - How does it work?
Shampoo - What's in it? Surfactants
Shampoo - What's in it? Other ingredients
Shampoo - Increasing mildness & viscosity

Related posts:
Modifying the clarifying shampoo into a conditioning shampoo (normal hair)
A conditioning shampoo for dry hair
A conditioning shampoo for oily hair
Formulating a 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
A 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
A 3-in-1 that might be good for swimmers
An updated version of the 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, and body wash