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Good morning ladies!
Throw that “zap” test out the window. It is not reliable. Best way to figure out your soaps ph is to use a ph meter (the strips and what not look great, but not accurate).
Lye ash: generally will be a uniform layer that covers the entire side (various fragrance oils can actually make it worse!), activate charcoal will do it too.
Lye heavy: will generally look like crystals and be isolated.
I began making my own laundry soap, made three different batches at 0% superfat (tallow, lard, coconut). Then settled on 50/50 lard/coconut at 0%. I found this to be the best combo to get my clothes cleaned.
Then did some research when I noticed my whites turning yellow. Turns out “white” is a dye colour. Without the blue from commercial soaps, your whites turn a dull colour after a while as that white dye fades away. And since most fibers are kind of straw colour dyed white, it makes sense that over time they are stripped. Or something along these lines- this info has been stored in my head in the stuff not important as been there tried that and failed. So I might not be 100% correct on this.
Then take a look at how your hands feel after you wash them with laundry soap. They feel a wee bit gooey and slimey. That is actually to help your clothes last longer (elastics). And to keep your machines innards in working order. When you use the cp soap with lower superfat, you strip your machines innards and eventually you will need a replacement quicker. And the one blogger site I read where they talked about this, it happened whilst their machine was still under warranty. But the company stated that only proper laundry soap was permissible. So the blogger had to fork it out.
I honestly don’t recommend anyone making their own laundry soap- a stain stick- yup. But the soap? Nope. The co “laundry” soap you want to make? GREAT for kitchen soap though!
Otherwise for cleaning, I just use 50/50 vinegar/water with some fragrance oils tossed in for things to smell nice! I clean everything with that. But I live by myself with no pets.
I still firmly stand behind what I wrote on my blog regarding Formula Botanica. However; I did leave a heck of a fair bit out.
For those that don’t know, I am taking both the Diploma program and the Advanced Diploma Program. I have taken a quick peek at the Advanced program but I have forbidden myself from looking at it until I am done the Diploma program.
If you have any sort of formulating skills and feel comfortable creating your own products, I’d strongly advise giving the Diploma program a pass. You’ll be bouncing your head off the wall. If you are just starting out and getting your toes wet, I say take it it would help you out.
But be warned, you will be throwing your computer at the wall when you take some of those end of module tests. They drive me bonkers!
I’m currently on the section about branding (Module 7, Branding+Marketing+Labelling Claims+ Organic Cert). I am looking forward to the Global Regulations, but I have a sneaky suspicion I am going to be disappointed by it.
If you have any questions about these programs, you can get in touch with me by email or here!
Well, I’ve been speaking to Lorraine from Formula Botanica, and she has agreed to let me have a late start as I’ll be in Europe and money transfers there have to be cheaper than they are from here to there. So, I’ll be taking the Advanced Diploma Program that they offer. It also means I have to learn all those proper names for stuff and not just refer to them as that white powder that goes fizz.
But exciting at the same time!!!
Coffee grinders do require some care whilst cleaning it especially if you use it for other things than just coffee.
Grab maybe 1- 1.5tbsp of rice, toss it in, lid, grind till you get a fine powder. That will help to get a lot of the finer powder and help clean it out. I bought a short bristle paint brush to help in cleaning my makeup grinder.
Don’t forget to remove the bowl and use a small brush to try to get rid of powders and what not.
Another, Marie told us all a while ago to use a peice of cling film to make the fly space of cosmetics smaller and it also helps to prevent losing product too. She made a great video about it.
Hopefully this helps a little!
For infants, I generally tend to shy away from making anything for them other than soap. So I can’t be a help there.
What I can tell you is about essential oils and infants and my opinion. Many folks will tell you that you should use a quarter of the amount you would use on an adult and that is an acceptable guideline for infants. To be honest with you, I think infant’s stuff shouldn’t be scented. When I make baby soap, I liberally sprinkle the tops with lavender buds. That’s where the scent comes from. In this day and age where all eyes are on “fragrance” and people bow at the altar of essential oils, you may not always get what you are paying for. Especially in ways essential oils are displayed in a shop. I worry about purity, age, strength, and such.
The above are my worries. Cyn is the Lady of the Essential Oils, she would be the best person to chime in on this topic.
For products, I made a slew of them for a friends baby this past Spring, and I’ve nagged the mom and the dad to give me some reports, and they gave no feedback. One of the things I did, was to put sweet almond oil into a plastic toner bottle with a flip top lid. This way after a baby bath, baby could be massaged down with almond oil as many informative sites said almond oil was the better option. The flip top lid was so whomever was bathing the kid, didn’t have to fiddle.
Sorry I couldn’t be more help!
I am in China and buy from Taobao which is the most amazing website ever- and I mean ever. It’s brilliant! My other hobby is scavenging Taobao looking for better prices on something new. It is how everyone in China shops. But if you are not in China…
I’ve suggested AliExpress there is a lot to sort through on there, but once you get the hang of it, it is pretty easy to figure out. The more you buy, the cheaper it gets and lots of free shipping.
Marie’s FAQ’s are captivating! I came across it a few weeks ago and sat there for hours playing with it. It was fun!
What I would do personally, is to whip up the recipe, decant a wee bit into a small beaker, then add in some mint. See what you think and go from there.
It sounds vaguely familiar about the lime, but I gave up using almost all essential oils a few months ago so haven’t used that part of my brain in ages!
Be VERY careful adding a citrus to the air conditioner in a tin. Citrus+sun=ARRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!
I thought vicks also had camphor?
Mint by itself is just amazing in my opinion! When I make my imitation vicks for the winter, it always makes me sad to have to add in the other essential oils.
Hello ArtistaLisa! Here you go…
It’s awesome.August 8, 2017 at 5:15 pm in reply to: Comparable Humblebee recipe to Burt's Bee lipstick colour? #23570
Hello! Good morning!
Ok, looking at the recipe, I would suggest dropping a ton of that stuff and replacing the base with Marie’s Scottish Rose Salve. You can change up the beeswax for some C- waxes if you can’t do beeswax. I’d personally suggest keeping the rose wax, but if you don’t have it, I’d up the sweet almond oil or castor. This is still one of my absolute favourite lippy’s of Maries. I just looked and there are two variously used tubes in my purse at the moment.
And all that would be left is colouring. Here are links to the specific colours: Mica: Gold, Red Oxide, Brown Oxide, Black Oxide, Mica Carmine (neat!), Mica Beige, Titanium Dioxide.
CI 77019: http://www.makingcosmetics.com/Mica-Gold_p_212.html
CI 77491: http://www.makingcosmetics.com/Iron-Oxide-Red_p_203.html
CI 75470: http://www.makingcosmetics.com/Mica-Carmine-Red_p_210.html
When it comes to colours, all that is left is to play around with the colourants in varying amounts to get the colour you are looking for. I can help you with recipes, creating bases and what not, but for the colours, I am of no real help. Once I have a colourant recipe to begin with, the next time I can play from there. But creating various makeup colours? I am still trying to perfect the Make It Up Foundation colours. Since January.
Once the dust settles, I’ll be taking one of the courses offered by Plush Folly in the UK. I’m so excited! I just hope the VPN continues to work!August 7, 2017 at 3:52 am in reply to: Comparable Humblebee recipe to Burt's Bee lipstick colour? #23489
I posted the carmine+gold+pink lippy picture on instagram. You said you loved that colour! I love that recipe as a base, then apply a softer gloss over top. Good golly, I don’t need to re-apply for the whole day!August 6, 2017 at 6:22 pm in reply to: Comparable Humblebee recipe to Burt's Bee lipstick colour? #23481
HEY! I think I made that!
But the way I made it I wanted shimmery sparkley not a solidishy colour. I used carmine with aztec gold mica and hot pink mica to get the colour. So… I’d use a tube lip gloss base with carmine and some brown oxide and a tich of yellow to get that colour. The shine seems to come from the oils (perhaps sweet almond or jojoba or even cocoa butter I find gives me that nice shine), and colourants.
Mica’s will lightly tint your lips (barely barely tint them unless you add in a bunch but that sometimes can cause more issues than it is worth), but from the swatch on the paper, it looks like they used oxides to give you a fuller coverage of colour.
What are the ingredients? I think I hear a blog post to hack this.