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  • in reply to: Introduction to pH, acids and bases #23086
    Penny
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    Good morning!

    Nope. It is not just you. Your images don’t show up unless I open them in another window.

    Your posts are very informative! I’m waiting for the coffee to kick in to fire up my neurons so I can understand it. It’s a little heavy for 5:30am!

    in reply to: Random Ramblings #23053
    Penny
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    I know there’s a group/guild/whatever it’s called that has a group policy here in the US for homecrafters and small businesses. Maybe a good place to start would be that kind of group in the area you’re looking at. I would think they’d have knowledge of such things and gladly share it with you. In fact, you might get help in other areas such as the assessors and such too. Good luck!

    One of the guild groups I was looking at in the EU, won’t accept members until you’ve had your products assessed. Everything is kind of WHOA factor right now. But honestly? It is a lot better than dealing with the Chinese government. We visited the local government to register our “business” and to get our broadcasting certificate so we could do some live streaming (it’s illegal here). Yeah no. No one knew how to deal with our request. We were actually told to open a restaurant or a school as that is what all foreigners do. Open a school or a restaurant. You’re foreign women. You’re not clever enough to know science. Yup. Was actually told that. More than once.

    in reply to: Random Ramblings #23033
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    The thought of owning my own car kind of makes my head spin. I guess it is the same as owning my own house. Crazy head going on.

    I know some parts of Canada have decent public transportation too. But I’ve my eye on Europe.

    As I’ve said, the insurance companies don’t really want to work with me right now as I am not in country and I am not looking for now. I am looking for 18 months from now. It really is a pain in the butt. They reply to messages a week or two later- oh and don’t get me started on assessors!!!! I’ll drive you mental with their shenanigans- some insurance dude told me that I need “crafters insurance” and I asked if that will cover working with lye, and selling products made with lye to people. “I don’t know, let me get back to ye”.

    It’s been a month.

    in reply to: Random Ramblings #23021
    Penny
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    Hummm…. I wonder. Is this your job?

    in reply to: Random Ramblings #23011
    Penny
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    Ummm…. I don’t drive. I haven’t driven a car in about seventeen years?

    I’m a public tansportation kind of girl! It is sometimes a pain in the arse not traveling when I want too, but it gives me time to reply to messages and read the news!

    in reply to: Random Ramblings #23008
    Penny
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    Sweet jeebus.

    I’m currently looking for insurance for The Move so we can sell. I have about 18 months to learn all I can about everything and insurance is a big ol pain in the tush. No one wants to reply to my messages because I am not there in country at the moment and their websites suck for information.

    From what you just described, EVERY insurance company needs to do this!

    in reply to: Random Ramblings #22990
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    Cyn-> what job are you looking into? You’re trying to create a new job? Does that mean you plan on doing some creation sales at some point???

    Belinda-> my friend with a few kids discovered the “easy” form of parenting. Ipads. I’m sure Emma is enjoying every second she spends playing with you! I saw your fancy new bottle stash on Instagram and I have bottle envy! Pump tops?

    She-> I remember having my wisdom teeth pulled years ago. It was awesome! The surgeon had dreamy eyes! And my diet consisted of milk shakes. Congrats on the soap jelly! I have heard many weird things about it.

    in reply to: Random Ramblings #22989
    Penny
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    I am making an attempt at staying on topic in the threads these days. I went searching for an ingredient information the other day and went through four pages of searches before I gave up and resorted to google+Susan’s.

    This is the biggest reason why I don’t spend more time on The Hive of late as topics are scattered and willy nilly all over the place with little tidbits of information scattered in a post. I do understand that conversation goes here and there, but I just don’t have the time to search through pages and posts looking for information on a various oil. I would like to stay on topic while discussing the information on a thread (and it might be selfish of me to say this), so I have time to call people and talk about oils and various ingredients.

    I am guilty of side tracking a conversation just as much as the next person. Maybe if we all found ourselves getting sidetracked from the original posters message, we can copy and paste and put it here with a little note directing readers here to the Random Musing thread.

    in reply to: Creation Station #22988
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    Cyn, so you’ve been having about 32C weather… Central air? Air conditioning? In my house at the moment, it is 31C, and I feel as if life itself has been sucked out of me. My kitchen has hardly seen any action of late- I tried creating a new Citrus Burst Line to test out over the summer as the Cucumber Mint Rocked my face, but was sweating so bad a bead of sweat dribbled off my nose and landed in the funnel. Yup. Had no idea how to preserve that ingredient so used it for a few days then tossed it.

    I started out with Ariannes public recipe for Body Scrubs and changed them to suit living in China needs but kept the stuff thats in there to suspend and thicken. Swapped liquid oils for liquid oils kind of thing. I remade a batch of her recipe again to see if maybe my melting issue was because of the oils and such I swapped with. It was kind of funny. The coconut oil rises within a few minutes of stirring. I then tried a bunch of various thickening stuff- my new love ceytl alcohol, fail. Cocoa butter, fail. Candelilla wax, fail. More sugar/salt, fail. More stearic acid, fail. Carnuba wax, fail.So I guess summers in China, are for pick up only!!! BWHAHAHAHAA!

    in reply to: Sticky lipstick #22966
    Penny
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    Good morning! I think I speak for everyone when I say, we’d love to help you.

    But.

    Can you walk us through your method of making the lipstick? Ingredients? I know when I make somethings I might over pour a wee bit and when making cosmetics, that wee bit can cause a BIG difference. Let us know!

    in reply to: Sepimax ZEN vs Aristoflex AVC #22965
    Penny
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    Pssst Cyn… scroll back on my Instagram to about June 8 (shouldn’t be a lot of posts as it crashed in China for a bit). You’ll see two silver bowls and a purple hand held thingamabop. That’s an electric whisk!

    in reply to: Green beauty products without preservatives?! #22964
    Penny
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    Now for the opinion answer.

    Sophie is 100% right when she says that probably all these products haven’t been tested.

    I know the EU has a lot of people selling their product illegally with no certificates of any which kind. And I know in the States, a lot of the registering is voluntary and most don’t do it in the States or Canada.

    After selling in China for the time period that I have, I have come to one simple conclusion. I feel that the governing bodies really need to step up and crack down on people selling their skincare and cosmetics with no certifications on products. And I say this because there is so much misinformation out there and it is quickly crashing into the land of unsafe which is causing issues for the everyday person.

    in reply to: Green beauty products without preservatives?! #22960
    Penny
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    I’m all about natural plus. I’m really tempted to change the name of my business to something like, “almost natural”, “barely natural”, “naturally safe”, “natural plus” or something along those lines.

    NAtural and green are all fine and dandy I like it and I try to be all natural and green, but I will not sacrifice safety. And, I will choose a synthetic if it does a better job.

    Marie has pointed it out a few times that rancidity and gone bad are two different things.

    Vitamin E and grapefruit seed extract won’t work as a preservative in any which way as they do nothing to prevent bacteria/fungus/yeast from going at it and replicating. Think of it this way, the preservative are The Enterprise a la Jean Luc Picard. So the Enterprise travels around your water based product killing all The Borg (the nasties or the beasties) if they invade. The Borg try to take over your water based product because Resistance is Futile. Or you can use The Doctor and the Dalecks and the fungi spores and bacterial attempt to take over for after all, exterminate (wouldn’t it be cool if Dalecks actually said, “contaiminate!”) is their main goal. They come close a time or two, but The Doctor saves the day!

    If The Borg or The Dalecks take over your product due to the Enterprise and The Doctor not showing up to the party or being ineffectual, it is because your product has gone off, gone bad, developed a case of the cooties, grown a fur coat and really wants to share with your skin.

    Antioxidants like vitamin e and grapefruit seed extract can help extend the life of your base ingredients only if they are oils (this is a broad statement). Rancidity occurs when your oil+wax+butter ingredient is damaged by light, heat, beasties. You can prevent rancidity by adding Vitamin E or rosmary seed extract into your base oil ingredients. But they won’t extend them forever. When I make anything just oils, waxes and butters no water, I do add in some vitamin e to help extend the life of that product. The kids find lippys hiding behind the couch and they have vitamin e in them to try to extend their lives.

    Ok, Susan says stuff about this topic much better than I. I haven’t even had coffee. So I hope to goodness I’ve actually explained something and not just made sense in my head and jibberish on paper. I mean the screen.

    in reply to: Creation Station #22941
    Penny
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    Hello? Is anyone there? Is this thing on????

    I’ll make anything you want me to make. As long as you buy the ingredients!!!! BWHAHAHAHA!!!

    Nicely done! If you don’t mind the question, looking at your pictures, your emulsified scrub looks sooooo creamy! And nice and hard. What recipe are you using? And one more question, how hot is it where you are????

    Makes me wish I lived in North America to do a swap! But for now, will be stuck looking at recipes and pictures!!!

    Did you fragrance them? If so, which scents? Looking at your pictures I would say a lovely floral, citrus and maybe an earthy scent would be lovely. Very light scents though!!!

    in reply to: Sepimax ZEN vs Aristoflex AVC #22768
    Penny
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    Ok. Chores are done. Belinda, I tagged you on Instagram! Not sure where you will look first! I even sent you a video! Ohhhhh!

    My suspicions were correct.

    Test 1: I bought some awesome little silver bowls to test out new recipes in. They are six inches in diameter. I made four tests the first try. Two aloe gels (one at 2% and one at 3%) and two with my face serum base oils+10% aloe juice+ recipe up in the original post again at 2% and 3% ZEN. They all turned out beautifully! Very smooth textured, no lumps or anything. The aloe gels turned out to be clear (I’ll be making more aloe gels with a higher percentage of aloe in the future with some cucumber extract and peppermint hydrosol for an after sun care BOOYAH!). All were a success.

    Test 2: my maid seems to enjoy playing hide and seek with me and hid my new test bowls on me. So I used my 250mL beakers to make this batch as Susan used beakers on her blog so figured should work. Made up two batches to test out the green tea extract and the coffee essential oil. Epic failure. Just like you described Belinda! Gross and lumpy crap. No amount of blending got rid of those globs. It looked unappealing, and if I wouldn’t use it… well you get my drift. Had a nice foot mask though!

    Test 3: finally found my bowls (she put them on the storage shelf for some reason. I mean they are stainless steel. Wouldn’t you think they would belong with the countless other stainless steel bowls under the stove?????) Tried the same type as in Test 2. Put it to bed, and just beat it up. Perfection! Well, perfection in the sense that there are no lumps, smooth textured and looks pretty good in the bowl. I still need to test out the recipe.

    Conclusion: make sure that your bowl/jar has a wide mouth. I noticed yesterday while taking pictures of Test 2 that the gel only really was on top and not all the way through like it was in Test 1. I shrugged it off thinking, well Susan used beakers… Try again, but use a wide mouth container to put it to bed. I also used an electric whisk to beat mine up (god I love this phrase!!!).

    I’ll be posting a post about my notes on my blog in the coming weeks as I haven’t figured out how to get my photos off my phone to post here. BUT if you want to see pictures and the video of the beat ups and such, they are on Instagram. Look for the hashtags #humblehive #humblebee

    I’ll post more here once I’ve tested out how the new recipe works and be comparing it to the AVC. But so far, just testing out Test 3 on the backs of my hands, I think this recipe is going to give AVC a run for its money.

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