Artistalisa

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  • in reply to: Tiny spoons #23862
    Artistalisa
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    I purchased a set I like. They have every measurement from 2 tbs all the way down to 1/64th of a tsp. Measurements are also listed in ml on each spoon. Not sure how accurate they are since I don’t own a scale that has that sort of accuracy. They do have braille on them and therefore are made for the visually impaired so I’m hoping they would have some measure (yep pun intended) of accuracy. Got them on Amazon and manufacture on spoon is listed as: Pourfect. They come in different colors and some colors were available as prime and some weren’t so if you want free shipping and to receive it right away be flexible about your color choice.

    in reply to: Products for baby #23825
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    Thanks Penny. I definitely do not plan on adding essential oils for any baby products. I have what seems to be a pretty good & scientifically based book on essential oils, carrier oils etc. that said infants under 6 months shouldn’t use products with essential oils. I realize babies are very sensitive and that is exactly why I’d like to make some stuff. If you read the labels on the commercial stuff some of it is a bit scary. Would be nice to make some simple stuff like a body butter bar etc.

    Giving plain carrier oils is a great idea. Wondering if infused oils would be good too. Made some calendula infused grapeseed oil but am almost out. But recently bought more calendula and some chamomile and have grapeseed oil, rice bran oil, sweet almond oil, safflower oil, and probably some others I can’t think of right now.

    If anyone has any other thoughts I’d love to hear them.

    in reply to: Favorite Conditioner Recipes #23613
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    I have curly hair & I use the shea moisture shampoo, conditioner, & the curl smoothie in hibiscus & coconut. Love it. The conditioner especially really smooths my hair. My hair is kind of wacky because I don’t have tight curls just loose ones & no regular curl pattern. Some places my hair is kind of curly, some parts only wavy, & on top of all that I refuse to style it. I wash, conditioner, put in styling product & let it air dry.

    Even suggested shea moisture to my sister, who has straight hair, & she loves it. Sometimes she uses the rose one.

    in reply to: Bottles and Jars #23612
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    Yes chemistry store had the best prices per bottle but once you add the ridiculously high shipping in then not so much. I’ll probably cruise through Amazon, bramblwberry etc.

    Penny I’m in the US. Did check Ali express & definitely looked overwhelming. I’ll probably just stick with places I know like Amazon.

    And yes 500 bottles is a lot. I was thinking of ordering 48-50 (depending on website) of 2 different sizes and was thinking that was a lot.

    in reply to: Shampoo discontinued – making my own or finding another? #23596
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    Joyful I’m pretty new to the whole cosmetics DIY thing so I can’t guide you in making a shampoo but I do have a ready made that I love. Shea Moisture, cheap, fairly eco-friendly (as far as I can tell), and leaves my hair super soft. I started using it a few months ago after switching from Alaffia brand, and wow did it work great on my hair. I have naturally curly hair and I don’t do anything for styling except putting a little product in it and letting it air dry. Hard to find a good shampoo for curly hair as many weigh it down or don’t offer enough moisture but I really, really like Shea Moisture. Recommended it to my sister and she really loves it as well. She has straight thick hair FYI.

    The variety I use is Coconut and Hibiscus. Has a light lovely sweet type scent. I do not like heavy or strong smells in my hair products and this one has a scent but isn’t overpowering. The conditioner works great as a detangler. I only comb my hair when it is wet in the shower but other conditioners didn’t offer as much slip as this one did. I think I paid around $11 for a 13 oz bottle. Sheamoisture is sold at Walgreens, Target, Rite Aid, and Ulta and probably a few other places that I don’t know about. Some Walgreens and Targets sell this brand in a 3 oz size which is great to try things out.

    Good luck. I know what it is like to have a favorite product be discontinued.

    in reply to: Menthol and essential oil mixes #23593
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    Just reread my post & autocorrect wasn’t so helpful. My steam distilled lime is aura cacia, not aura cocoa.

    in reply to: Menthol and essential oil mixes #23592
    Artistalisa
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    I haven’t seen steam distilled lemon. My lime says it’s steam distilled & I believe it is aura cocoa brand. Got it at a store similar to Whole Foods just FYI. Hope you are able to find some. I’ve been getting a ton of supplies & I do find sourcing ingredients to be a bit tricky. Some places carry x & y but not z. To really stock up I think I’ve ordered from 5 different places.

    in reply to: preservative amounts #23588
    Artistalisa
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    Thanks Penny. A little embarrassed that I didn’t come across this myself. This forum is so helpful.

    in reply to: Menthol and essential oil mixes #23587
    Artistalisa
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    Thanks Penny. Do realize that citrus makes one more sensitive to the sun so I’d only use things like lemongrass etc that aren’t supposed to have the same issue. And from what I understand lime if it’s steam distilled is ok. Please correct me if I’m wrong because I’d like to make some lotion with lime.

    Haven’t decided if I’ll add essential oils or not, maybe I’ll just go with the mintiness of menthol.

    in reply to: preservative amounts #23583
    Artistalisa
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    I know there is some lye calculation for soap makers (not a soap maker so I might be misinformed on what it calculates) but if anyone wants to make a preservative calculator I’d be all for it. I know if you make batches in grams & stick to multiples of 100 it makes life easier but punching some numbers into an online formula would be nice.

    Anyone have tips for how they figure their preservative amounts? Does everyone just do it longhand or do you have tips? I’m not at the point where I’m formulating any of my own recipes yet but hope to get there once I learn a bit more. Maybe when I’m making my own recipes calculating preservatives won’t be as difficult as it is seeming now.

    in reply to: preservative amounts #23582
    Artistalisa
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    Great. This was exactly what I was trying to figure out, calculate with other ingredients or after & it sounds like it should be calculated with the other ingredients. Makes sense, not sure why my brain was having trouble with that. Your explanation is very helpful.

    in reply to: Menthol and essential oil mixes #23581
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    Ok thanks for the info. Didn’t know Vic’s had eucalyptus since it’s been decades since I’ve used it. Hmm I like rosemary with mint, maybe I’ll try that.

    in reply to: Would you pay $99 USD for this "wonder oil"?!? #23405
    Artistalisa
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    Me again! Sorry to post so much on this but looked a bit more at their website and they also sell supplements that cost $59 for a bottle of 60. Major red flag for me. If you are making oils, shampoos etc that is a different thing than making supplements that are taken internally. I can make lip balm but no way am I going to tell someone what to take internally as I have no training in that. The worst that can happen with a lip balm is someone might have an allergic reaction to any oil or essential oil but they aren’t doing their internal organs harm.

    Also concerning is that some of the supplement contains proprietary ingredients. You want me to ingest something and won’t tell me what it is? Uh no thanks. And I can get a multi-vitamin for way cheaper.

    Ok I’ll step down off my soap box now and let someone else talk.

    in reply to: Would you pay $99 USD for this "wonder oil"?!? #23404
    Artistalisa
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    Just looked at their website and you can get it for only $84 if you are a VIP member. What a bargain! (sarcasm if you couldn’t tell). Westire also said the oil has “a blend of 13 unique molecular ingredients-including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants…” See you just throw out a sciency sounding phrase like “unique molecular ingredients” and people eat it up without realizing that everything is made of molecules. Kind of like the whole chemical thing, people want to avoid chemicals but everything technically is chemicals. This is exactly why we need regulations so people would know what they are really getting.

    in reply to: Would you pay $99 USD for this "wonder oil"?!? #23403
    Artistalisa
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    I wouldn’t but I’m sure lots of people would. There is a weird psychological thing that happens when you pay more for stuff, makes you think you are getting something better. I read something years ago about a taste test they did with wine. They took the same wine but presented it in two different bottles, one was a cheap brand and one was expensive. You can guess which one the taste testers liked better, the “expensive” one.

    I would be concerned about photosensitivity due to the citrus oils. But many people don’t know that, I only learned about it a few years ago, just as many people don’t know you can just buy oils and mix them yourself. This whole serum business that has sprung up in the past few years is interesting because it is literally just a mix of oils and maybe some essential oils which is all stuff people can get their hands on. Somethings, like lipstick, have more unusual or less accessible oils but serums don’t. But with some good marketing you can sell just about anything. Look at Gwenyth Paltrow’s site GOOP. What a joke.

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